September 2019

How British cash helps fund Chinese concentration camps

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 17:58
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

FEW will be aware that the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) is an enthusiastic contributor to the World Bank, the UN-affiliated organisation with a budget of £66.9billion which is made up of five institutions.

China's 'detention' of Uighurs: Video of blindfolded and shackled prisoners 'genuine'

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 23:24
The video appears to show hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners

Online footage purporting to show hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners in a mostly-Muslim region of China is believed to be authentic, a European security source has told Sky News.

Interview: ‘They Are Doing The Exact Opposite of What my Father Suggested’

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:07
Jewher Ilham speaks with RFA in Washington, Sept. 20, 2019. Photo:  RFA

Ilham Tohti’s daughter says China has worsened tensions in Xinjiang by disregarding her father’s advice.

Statement concerning the detention of Rahile Dawut, Professor of Uyghur folklore, detained in Xinjiang

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:05
Rahile Dawut, Professor of Uyghur folklore, detained in Xinjiang

On behalf of the members of the Central Eurasian Studies society, we write to express our strong concern over the disappearance of our academic colleague Rahile Dawut.

“Two Restraints, One Leniency”: Part II, The Legacy of a Controversial Policy

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:04
The execution of Wo Weihan, an ethnic Daur accused of spying for Taiwan, indicated that members of ethnic minorities do not necessarily benefit from leniency in accordance with China’s policy of liangshao yikuan. Wo’s execution received widespread state media coverage in late 2008.  Image credit: (大河网)

In “Two Restraints, One Leniency”: Part I, Dui Hua looked at the origins of, and controversies over, this policy. It originated in a criminal policy pushed through the Central Committee as a part of Document Number Five by then-General Secretary Hu Yaobang in 1984.


Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:01

At the 42d session of the Human Rights Council, under the General Debate on Item 4 -- human rights situations that require the Council's attention – Amnesty International called: for an independent and impartial investigation into credible allegations that up to one million predominantly Muslim people are being arbitrarily detained in internment camps across the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region...

Global Journalist: China's surveillance state

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:58

China has a long history of conducting surveillance on its population. But technology is now allowing the government to keep tabs on its people in ways that are perhaps unparalleled in human history. 

China's Xinjiang Muslim 'detention camps': Documents show what PM Jacinda Ardern knows

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:55

Jacinda Ardern visited China knowing the Xinjiang region had become a "high-tech surveillance state" that "targets Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities" and puts them in secretive camps.

European Parliament Names Jailed Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti Finalist For Sakharov Prize

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 19:11
Ilham Tohti and his wife in a photo sent to RFA's Uyghur Service via WeChat on Jan 13, 2014, two days before his detention. RFA

The Renew Europe group says Tohti worked tirelessly to foster dialogue between Uyghurs and Han Chinese.

Ilham Tohti - Renew Europe Group’s candidate for the Sakharov Prize 2019

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 19:09
Ilham Tohti in France, February 2009.

The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament designated its candidate for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by supporting Ilham Tohti, a renowned Uyghur human rights defender, economics professor and advocate for the rights of China’s Uyghur minority.