July 2019

Xinjiang's Uyghurs didn't choose to be Muslim, new Chinese report says

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 21:45
Holy Quran and praying mats that are collected from Uyghur Muslims for destruction

China has delved back centuries in an attempt to justify its controversial policies in the far-western region of Xinjiang, where experts say up to 2 million Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities have been held against their will in vast detention centers.

China denies Uighurs' Turkic descent and says 'hostile forces' trying to split country

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 21:36

The government said ‘hostile forces’ wanted to break China apart and called the region of Xinjiang an ‘inseparable’ part of China

China Steps Up Defense of Xinjiang Policies in Government Report

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 21:10
A photo posted to the WeChat account of the Xinjiang Judicial Administration shows Uyghur detainees listening to a 'de-radicalization' speech at a re-education camp in Hotan prefecture's Lop county, April 2017.  Wikipedia

China issued a defense of its policies in the Xinjiang region where its detention of ethnic Uighurs has drawn criticism from the U.S. and other western nations.

Top 2020 Dems would punish China over mass detentions of Uighurs

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 21:03
A photo posted to the WeChat account of the Xinjiang Judicial Administration shows Uyghur detainees listening to a 'de-radicalization' speech at a re-education camp in Hotan prefecture's Lop county, April 2017.  Wikipedia

Several of the leading Democratic presidential contenders told Axios that if elected, they would go further than the Trump administration in confronting China over its imprisonment of more than 1 million Uighur Muslims in its Xinjiang region.

Lithuania joins group of countries condemning Beijing's treatment of Uighurs

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 20:57

Lithuania has joined a group of countries condemning China's treatment of the Uighur ethnic minority in the Xinjiang region as the issue divides EU members states.

Simon Coveney avoids Uighur topic with Chinese dignitary Zhang Chunxian

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 20:53
Zhang Chunxian

Simon Coveney did not raise the plight of the Uighurs when he met a senior Chinese communist official who is accused of establishing internment camps for the Muslim ethnic minority in the Xinjiang region.

Over 2,000 Uyghurs Secretly Relocated to Prisons in Henan

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 20:50

Reports from several sources confirm that detainees have been transferred to two prisons, they are isolated from others; many held in solitary confinement, beaten.

More Restrictions in Xinjiang: Visiting Friends and Family Strictly Controlled

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 20:48
A residential area in Urumqi.

Even a visit to a family member or a trip outside the region required to be registered with government officials. Those overstaying could be punished.

We must keep up pressure on China over abuse of Turkic Muslims

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 20:45

Mass arbitrary detention, forced political indoctrination, restrictions on movement, intrusive surveillance and religious oppression. The human rights violations in Xinjiang today are of a scope and scale not seen in China in decades.

The Main Dangers in Xinjiang

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 20:43
Wang Lixiong. Photo: China Change

Beijing has designated “the main dangers affecting the stability of Xinjiang” as being “separatist forces and illegal religious activity.”

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