One in Six Uyghurs Held in Political ‘Re-Education Camps’ in Xinjiang’s Onsu County

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on August 31, 2018 More than one out of every six ethnic Uyghurs in one county in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are being detained in political “re-education camps,” according to local officials. Beginning in April 2017, Uyghurs accused of harboring “strong religious (read more…)

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Pak’s interest in Kashmir is selfish

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Originally published by Daily Excelsior on August 29, 2018 Harsha Kakar The latest news from China is its moving large numbers of Uyghur Moslems from the Xinjiang province into re-education centres. The matter was even discussed in the UN committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In this hearing the Germany based (read more…)

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US Lawmakers Urge Sanctions Against Chinese Officials, Companies Over Xinjiang Rights Violations

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on August 29, 2018 Nearly 20 U.S. lawmakers have penned a letter to Washington’s top diplomat and Treasury Secretary, urging them to level sanctions against officials and entities in China deemed responsible for abusing the rights of ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the (read more…)

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Young Son of Uyghurs Held in Xinjiang Political ‘Re-Education Camps’ Dies in Drowning Incident

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on August 23, 2018 The young son of two ethnic Uyghurs languishing in a political “re-education camp” in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) has drowned, according to official sources, highlighting how a policy of mass detentions in the region has left children to (read more…)

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More Than One in 10 Residents of Xinjiang Township Held in Political ‘Re-Education Camps’

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on August 24, 2018 More than one in 10 residents of Toqsun township in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been detained in three political “re-education camps” in the area, according to an official source, who said he is unaware of anyone ever (read more…)

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China’s Mass Internment Camps Have No Clear End in Sight

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Originally published by Foreign Policy on August 22, 2018 Last summer, online links between China’s western Xinjiang region and the rest of the world began to go dark. Uighurs, who make up the largest ethnic group in Xinjiang, started cutting friends and family members abroad from their contacts on WeChat, (read more…)

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Buzzfeed journalist denied new China visa following award-winning coverage of Xinjiang crackdown

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Originally published by HKFP on August 22, 2018 Buzzfeed’s China bureau chief Megha Rajagopalan has been forced to leave China after her journalism visa application was denied by the authorities without explanation. Rajagopalan had been covering Asia since 2012 and has reported extensively on the crackdown in Xinjiang, a western region of (read more…)

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Muslim world must unite to help China’s Uighurs

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Originally published by Middle East Eye on August 20, 2018 While learning the Quran as a kid, I was taught about the five pillars of Islam, including the pilgrimage to Mecca. Today, while I may be free to make this journey alongside millions of other Muslims, thousands of Uighurs have (read more…)

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Xinjiang Authorities Detain Uyghur Philanthropist, Three Others, Over Alleged Ties to Education Fund

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on August 17, 2018 Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have detained a prominent ethnic Uyghur philanthropist, his brother, and two of the brother’s business partners, according to a family member, who said they were targeted for their perceived ties to a (read more…)

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CARTOON: China’s Million Prisoner Question

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Originally published by The News Lens on August 17, 2018 The world finally appears to be sitting up and taking notice of what United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination member Gay McDougall last week called ” a massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy.” That camp is (read more…)

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‘All measures can be tried’ says state-run tabloid after UN expert questions China’s Muslim region crackdown

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Originally published by HKFP on August 13, 2018 Chinese state-run tabloid the Global Times said on Monday that “all measures can be tried” to safeguard stability in the Muslim region of Xinjiang. “We must hold onto our belief that keeping turmoil away from Xinjiang is the greatest human right,” it said. The (read more…)

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One million Muslim Uighurs held in secret China camps: UN panel

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Originally published by Al Jazeera on August 11, 2018 More than one million Uighur Muslims are estimated to be in detention in “counter-extremism centres” in China’s far west, the vice chairperson of a United Nations anti-discrimination committee has said, citing credible reports. Gay McDougall made the comments on Friday as the UN (read more…)

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