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‘Never again?’ It’s already happening.
February 19, 2019

Under “terrorist” legislation in Xinjiang, anyone can be arrested for anything — for expressing an allegiance to Uighur culture, for example, or for reading the Koran. Once inside the “re-education” camps, arrestees are forced to speak in Mandarin Chinese and made to recite praises of the Communist Party.

‘Show Me That My Father Is Alive.’ China Faces Torrent of Online Pleas
February 19, 2019
Murat Harri Uyghur, a doctor in Finland, is helping to compile testimonies from other Uighurs in exile about loved ones who may be in Chinese internment camps.

Many members of the Uighur ethnic group living in exile are worried that their relatives back home in China are locked up in internment camps — or dead.

Chinese surveillance company tracking 2.5m Xinjiang residents
February 19, 2019
 Security cameras at the entrance to the Id Kah mosque in Kashgar, Uighur autonomous region, Xinjiang. Photograph: Ben Blanchard/Reuters

Internet expert exposes unsecured database believed to be targeting Muslim minorities

Chinese surveillance company tracking 2.5m Xinjiang residents
February 19, 2019
 Security cameras at the entrance to the Id Kah mosque in Kashgar, Uighur autonomous region, Xinjiang. Photograph: Ben Blanchard/Reuters

Internet expert exposes unsecured database believed to be targeting Muslim minorities

Xinjiang: Identities on Borrowed Time
February 19, 2019

A photographic journey through a region whose identity is threatened by “sinicization.”

Relatives of China's oppressed Muslim minority are getting blocked online by their own family members, who are terrified to even tell them how bad their lives are
February 19, 2019
Uighurs living in western China aren't allowed to communicate with people outside the country, even if they're family. Bahram Sintash (left) and Rushan Abbas (right), two Uighurs who are American citizens, say they can't contact their relatives. Courtesy of Bahram Sintash; Courtesy of Rushan Abbas; Samantha Lee/Business Insider

"There are no relatives left," said Muyesser Abdul'ehed, referring to the depleted contact book on her phone. "But I'm glad they deleted me."

Uyghur activist who sparked Chinese-student protest at McMaster worried about message targeting her son
February 19, 2019
Protestors outside the Alberta legislature call for an end to alleged Chinese oppression of Uyghur people.	DAVID BLOOM/POSTMEDIA/FILE

During her talk, Rukiye Turdush mentioned her son was a student the Hamilton university. That apparently prompted a Chinese student to write ‘Find out about (him)’

Exiled Uighurs in Turkey mourn loved ones missing in China
February 19, 2019
An Uighur man talks on the phone in front of a Uighur restaurant. Kerem Uzel for The National

Ankara issues strongly-worded statement on plight of Uighur community, but hundreds under surveillance

'We don't have a family anymore': The anguish of Hankiz Kurban and the Uighur diaspora
February 19, 2019
The Uighur protest China's treatment of their community on 58th Boulevard Street in Zeytinburnu. Kerem Uzel for The National

A family torn apart by China's crackdown on their Muslim minorities

The forgotten Canadian languishing in a Chinese jail
February 19, 2019
Huseyin Celil is seen here with one of his youngest children in this 2006 photo taken shortly before his arrest. Creative Commons, CC BY-NC-ND

The arbitrary arrests in China of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig without charge have appalled Canadians and led to widespread demands that the government of Canada exert all pressure possible to achieve their release from Chinese custody.

‘Man returns to his native Xinjiang and disappears’ — a story too common for the headlines
February 19, 2019
Nurbolat Shalayit has been missing since March 2018. Screenshot from a video testimony recorded in the Ata Jurt office in Almaty, Kazakhstan and published on the group's YouTube channel on November 11, 2018.

The Almaty office of Ata Jurt, a group in Kazakhstan that supports victims of China's Xinjiang police state, can be a harrowing place to spend a morning.

The Persecution of the Intellectuals in the Uyghur Region Continues
Jan 28, 2019

Persecution of teachers, scholars and artists constitutes an attempt to erase Uyghur culture.  338 Uyghur intellectuals interned, imprisoned or forcibly disappeared since April 2017, including 21 staff mebers of Xinjiang University.  International scholarly exchange with China cannot be justified until they are released.

BRIEFING: Cultural Destruction in East Turkestan
Jan 26, 2019

The Chinese government has been demolishing Uyghur neighborhoods across East Turkestan, for more than a decade. This has resulted in the loss of physical structures, including Uyghur homes, shops, and religious sites. Uyghurs have been forcibly relocated to heavily monitored apartment blocks.

BRIEFING: Religious Repression of the Uyghurs
Jan 26, 2019

Religious expression is one of the primary reasons the government is sending people to the expanding network of internment camps across East Turkestan (aka Xinjiang). There are reports of people being sent to the camps for having attended a wedding or funeral where a religious passage was read.