A new report presents evidence of the complete or partial destruction of over 100 mosques by the Chinese government. Researcher Bahram Sintash and the Uyghur Human Rights Project cross-reference satellite imagery, photographs, and witness testimony to document the Chinese government’s campaign to wipe out the physical sites of Uyghur Islamic practice.

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Will Germany stand up to China's Uighur detention camps?
December 6, 2019

In the largest internment of minorities since the second World War, China has locked up more than 1 million ethnic Uighurs in internment camps in the north-western region of Xinjiang.

Lawmakers push for probe of German companies' role in Xinjiang
December 6, 2019

Nazi-era use of slave labor haunts Siemens, Volkswagen and BASF

Kazakhstan to return asylum seekers to China: security committee
December 6, 2019

Two ethnic Kazakhs from China’s Xinjiang region arrested for illegally entering Kazakhstan in an asylum bid will be handed back to China, the Central Asian country’s national security committee said Friday.

A World With a Billion Cameras Watching You Is Just Around the Corner
December 6, 2019
With its 19 lenses, the Mantis, one of the world’s most powerful cameras, can capture cities and people in the big picture, and then drill down into extraordinary detail. This tool is now powering the Chinese surveillance state. Photo: Qilai Shen for The Wall Street Journal

Global numbers to grow almost 30% as higher image quality allows better facial recognition

U.S. Uighur bill's threat to surveillance economy puts China on offensive
December 6, 2019

China reacted angrily to President Donald Trump’s approval of legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters last month, but movement on another congressional bill, backing Uighur Muslims in China’s northwest, has cut even closer to the bone and could trigger reprisals and hurt efforts to resolve the U.S.-China trade war.

Authoritarianism with Chinese Characteristics: Political and Religious Human Rights Challenges in China
December 6, 2019
Taken on Taken on November 25, 2008. Photo: Cliff flickr

December 10, 2019 1:30 PM at 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

China is trolling and hacking Uighur exiles across the world
December 6, 2019
Rushan Abbas (right) and Marco Respinti at the Symposium on the mass incarceration of Uyghurs in China, held at the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University, on November 27, 2018. Photo: BitterWinter

Once, Uighurs forced to flee China would at least get some respite. Not anymore

Science publishers review ethics of research on Chinese minority groups
December 6, 2019

Springer Nature and Wiley have concerns about lack of consent in genetics and facial-recognition papers.

Brother of Uyghur Linguist Confirmed Held in Xinjiang Internment Camp For Years
December 5, 2019
Abduweli Ayup

Erkin Ayup was detained after spending decades as a civil servant.

China’s Genetic Research on Ethnic Minorities Sets Off Science Backlash
December 5, 2019
A paper from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2014 looked at “Learning race from a face.”

Scientists are raising questions about the ethics of studies backed by Chinese surveillance agencies. Prestigious journals are taking action.

Senate Defies China Threat, Smoothing Path for Human Rights Bill
December 5, 2019
Republican Senator John Cornyn.

The U.S. Senate is rushing to approve a bill to punish China for the oppression of a Muslim ethnic group, with a bipartisan pair of senators maneuvering to get the measure to President Donald Trump as soon as possible.

UHRP REPORT: Demolishing Faith: The Destruction and Desecration of Uyghur Mosques and Shrines
Oct 28, 2019

A new report presents evidence of the complete or partial destruction of over 100 mosques by the Chinese government. Researcher Bahram Sintash and the Uyghur Human Rights Project cross-reference satellite imagery, photographs, and witness testimony to document the Chinese government’s campaign to wipe out the physical sites of Uyghur Islamic practice.

UHRP BRIEFING: The 2022 Winter Olympics and Beijing’s Uyghur Policy: Sports in the Shadows of Concentration Camps
Oct 21, 2019

 In 2015, Beijing was awarded the rights to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. While the government of the People’s Republic of China has overseen preparations for the 2022 Games under the motto of “joyful rendezvous upon pure ice and snow,” the same state has also overseen the development of a network of concentration camps in East Turkestan (also known as Xinjiang).

UHRP BRIEFING: Testimony of Nury Turkel at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China Hearing
Oct 17, 2019

Congressional-Executive Commission on China Hearing: Forced Labor, Mass Internment, and Social Control in Xinjiang