June 2019

Watch the Trailer for the VICE News Tonight Special Report, “They Come For Us at Night: China’s Vanishing Muslims”

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 19:45

China’s Uighur minority live a dystopian nightmare of constant surveillance and brutal policing. At least one million of them are believed to be living in what the U.N. described as a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy,” while many Uighur children are taken to state-run orphanages where they're indoctrinated into Chinese customs.

Taiwan International Religious Freedom Forum, Declaration on the Persecution of the Uyghurs

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 19:35
Former U.S. Solicitor General Ken Starr and Bitter Winter’s Massimo Introvigne were among the speakers at the Taiwan Forum.

 We publish the declaration adopted by the participants to the Forum, including Bitter Winter, on May 31, 2019.

US Denounces China’s Justification of Uighur Re-Education Camps

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 19:06
Members of the Uyghur diaspora protest outside of UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on the first day of the Human Rights Council, June 24, 2019.  Photo courtesy of an RFA listener

The United States has condemned efforts by China at the U.N. Human Rights Council to justify its incarceration of a reported million Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in 're-education' camps in Xinjiang Province.  

Pomegranate Propaganda: A Chinese Government Official’s UN Speech

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 19:03
Erkin Tuniyaz, left

Xinjiang Vice Governor Mum on Abuses Against Uyghurs

Persecuting minorities will have unforeseen consequences, US envoy warns Myanmar, China

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 19:01
United States' envoy for religious freedom Sam Brownback delivering remarks on the 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, in Washington, on June 21, 2019. Still grab from U.S. Department of State video

Myanmar and China should worry about the consequences of persecuting minorities, the United States' envoy for religious freedom, Mr Sam Brownback, has warned in an interview.

China's Policies of Transforming Uyghurs: Labor Transfer, Language Change, "Re-education" Camps"

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 18:55

China’s on-going policies of transforming Uyghurs have been increasing more rapidly than ever before. In this talk, Mr. Aksu discusses the main policies that the Chinese government is enforcing in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region; how did state policies influence the Uyghur people, and how different are these policies from previous ones.

China denies holding Uyghur writer in a camp, said he was under surveillance for ‘illegal religious activities’

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 18:53
The Chinese government says that Uyghur writer Nurmuhemmet Tohti, seen here with his wife, wasn't arrested and detained, but instead placed 'under surveillance' in a 'designated place.'  FAMILY HANDOUT/FAMILY

The Chinese government has denied details of a Globe and Mail story about the death of the Uyghur writer Nurmuhemmet Tohti while acknowledging that his movements were restricted and that he was placed under surveillance.

Xinjiang Vice Governor Paints Internment Camps as ‘Vocational Centers’ at UN Rights Council

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 21:50
Members of the Uyghur diaspora protest outside of UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on the first day of the Human Rights Council, June 24, 2019.  Photo courtesy of an RFA listener

But rights groups dismiss his remarks as propaganda and call him a traitor to the Uyghur community.

Uncovering China’s mass-surveillance app

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 21:37
A Xinjiang Police College webpage shows police officers collecting information from villagers in Kargilik (or Yecheng) County in Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang.  Source: Xinjiang Police College website

From using too much electricity to stepping out the back door, a new report by Human Rights Watch reveals the extent to which every day behaviour in China’s Xinjiang region is monitored by the authorities, contributing to a regime of constant surveillance and mass detention

Xinjiang vice-governor defends centers for Uighurs at U.N. rights forum

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 21:33
China's Xinjiang region's Vice-Governor Erkin Tuniyaz attends the Human Rights Council meeting at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2019.  Still from UN video

The vice-governor of China’s Xinjiang region responded to international condemnation of state-run detention camps on Tuesday by saying they were vocational centers which had helped “save” people from extremist influences.