Pompeo calls China’s treatment of Uighurs ‘stain of the century’

Reuters, 18 July 2019

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WEEKLY BRIEF JULY 19

World Uyghur Congress, 19 July 2019

Uyghur Congress Attends U.S. Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, the World Uyghur Congress and Campaign for Uyghurs co-hosted a side-event to the second U.S. State Department Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom on Capitol Hill entitled “Uyghurs: Oppression for the Sake of Progression in China”. The opening remarks were delivered by Scott Busby, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor.

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Trump meets Chinese Uighur, other religious persecution victims at White House

Reuters, 17 July 2019

By Alexandra Alper U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made religious freedom a centerpiece of his foreign policy, met on Wednesday with victims of religious persecution from countries like China, Turkey, North Korea, Iran and Myanmar.

Trump counts evangelical Christians among his core supporters and the State Department is hosting a conference on the topic this week that will be attended by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Accomplices: Western Companies Supporting CCP Atrocities Denounced in Washington

Bitter Winter, 15 July 2019

By The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, now in its second edition, is the largest religious liberty gathering in the world. Some 100 governments and 500 NGOs and religious organizations answered the appeal of U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and U.S. Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, to work together for religious freedom. The Ministerial includes a closed-door program for delegates and several side events.

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Australia requests Beijing let family of Uyghur man leave China following Four Corners program

ABC, 17 July 2019

By Melissa Clarke – Sadam Abudusalamu, a Uyghur Australian man, spoke out against the widespread persecution of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China’s far-western Xinjiang region on the ABC’s Four Corners program this week.

His wife Nadila Wumaier, who has been prevented from leaving Xinjiang, was detained and questioned by Chinese authorities in the city of Urumqi yesterday about her husband’s remarks, but has since been released.

Mr Abudusalamu has been asking the Federal Government to help bring his wife and two-year-old son Lutfy to Australia.

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Uighurs in Australia go public to pressure China to release family members

SBS News, 16 July 2019

By Jessica Washington – Two-year-old Lutifier is an Australian citizen – and he is one of the millions of Uighurs who cannot leave Xinjiang, along with his mother Nadila.

Lutifier’s father Sadam, husband to Nadila, has never had the chance to meet him.

“As a dad, the reason I am living and breathing is because I have the hope I will see my wife and son,” he told SBS News.

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You Can’t Force People to Assimilate. So Why Is China at It Again?

The New York Times, 16 July 2019

By Adrian Zenz – The Chinese government’s campaign of internment in the northwestern region of Xinjiang is extraordinary, by dint of its scale — but also, its contradictions.

Up to 1.5 million people from predominantly Muslim Turkic minorities — Uighurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz — have been arbitrarily detained in political re-education camps designed in part to make them renounce their religious beliefs.

At times, the Chinese authorities have portrayed this mass detention campaign as a “strict preventative measure” against violent extremist ideologies. At others, they have called it a benign “vocational training” initiative, comparing detainees to “boarding school students.”

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Cotton On and Target investigate suppliers after forced labour of Uyghurs exposed in China’s Xinjiang

ABC, 15 July 2019

By Sophie McNeill, Jeanavive McGregor, Meredith Griffiths, Michael Walsh, Echo Hui, Bang Xiao  Like all members of the Uyghur Muslim minority in China, they had spent the past two years living through a dystopian nightmare.

In early 2017, the Communist Party began a new incarceration campaign, rounding up, detaining and forcibly indoctrinating Uyghurs and other Muslim minority ethnic groups in the far-western region. Islam has effectively been outlawed in the far-western region, with people routinely labelled as extremists and imprisoned for practising their religion.

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