December 2018

Forced labour being used in China’s ‘re-education’ camps

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 17:48
A perimeter fence is constructed around what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang © Reuters

Elements of gulag-style system resurrected as Beijing cracks down on ethnic minorities

China’s Detention Camps for Muslims Turn to Forced Labor

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 17:41
Chinese state television showed Muslims attending classes on how to be law-abiding citizens. Evidence is emerging that detainees are also being forced to take jobs in new factories.

Muslim inmates from internment camps in far western China hunched over sewing machines, in row after row. They were among hundreds of thousands who had been detained and spent month after month renouncing their religious convictions.

Fear and Loathing in Xinjiang: Ethnic Cleansing in the 21st Century

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 17:32

What we are witnessing in Xinjiang is a new form of ethnic cleansing that draws from all of these mass atrocities of the past while benefiting from the technologies of control available in the 21st century.

These Uyghur activists are standing up to China

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:03

Uyghur Activists speak up about the Chinese internment camps

Uighur lawyer Nury Turkel says Australia should sanction Chinese officials

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:02
"When I hear people whining about spending time with their parents, I tell them to spend as much time with them as you can. Ring them every day," Turkel says. Jessica Hromas

Nury Turkel is apologetic on the phone. "I'm so sorry. I will be a little late. Don't shoot me." A friend is driving the US-based Uighur activist from Parramatta in western Sydney to lunch in the city and the traffic is terrible

Prisoners Tortured, Drugged, Killed by Injection in Xinjiang ‘Re-Education Camps,’ Ex-Inmate Reveals

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:54
Businesswoman Gulbakhar Jalilova, 54, a former Uyghur detainee in Xinjiang, China. (Supplied by Gulbakhar Jalilova)

Uyghur women detained in China’s so-called “vocational training centers” are being psychologically and physically tortured, poisoned, and killed by injection, a former detainee has told The Epoch Times.

A Uighur survivor story [video]

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:35

Mihrigul Tursun, a young Uighur mother, was detained and tortured by the Chinese authorities when she returned home to Xinjiang, China, with her children.

Change of Plans: Conducting Research in Xinjiang

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:31
A view of Noghay (Tatar) Mosque, the largest mosque in Ürümchi, from Konsul Kochisi (Consulate Street, a small street long dotted with exclusively Uyghur businesses). The mosque is technically “open” as usual—but almost no one dares to go in, as the complex is now cordoned off with fences and barbed wire.

In April 2018, the China and Inner Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies awarded me a Small Grant to travel to Ürümchi (Urumqi, Wulumuqi), Xinjiang, China, to conduct a two-week feasibility study on the topic of “Gender and Music in Uyghur Society.”

China’s relentless persecution of its Muslim minority

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:23

Authoritarian regimes often persecute innocent people but cover their crime by denouncing their victims as “terrorists.” China is doing so on a massive scale as numerous reports indicate.

Czech and Slovak Scholars, Public Figures Call on China to Close Political Re-education Camps in Xinjiang

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:19

The group also urges Beijing to observe human rights, on the anniversary of a UN rights declaration.