January 2020

'Massive disaster': Fears coronavirus could rapidly spread through Xinjiang concentration camps

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 21:43
A medical staff in Wuhan railway station during the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak on Jan 24, 2020. China News Service/Wikipedia

There are fears the Wuhan coronavirus will spread to the province of Xinjiang, where more than one million Muslims are housed in China's concentration camps.

German report spells out China human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 21:33
Detainees listening to speeches in a re-education camp in Lop County, Xinjiang, April 2017

A confidential document has indicated that the German government is aware of human rights violations in China's Xinjiang Province, and warns that Uighurs deported back to China may disappear "indefinitely."

Indonesia’s Silence over Xinjiang

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 21:29
Indonesian protestors hold up a banner during a rally in front of the Chinese embassy in Jakarta, Dec. 21, 2018.  Photo :  Rina Chadijah/BenarNews

One million Muslims detained. Mass surveillance. Political indoctrination. Separation of children.

Former UW student detained in China says university neglected pleas for help

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 21:26

Then-junior Yueming (Vera) Zhou was visiting her father in Xinjiang, China, in October 2017 when she was taken away. She was arrested and interrogated, told by authorities that she was being held because she used an illegal virtual private network to log into Canvas to turn in her UW homework. 

Uyghurs in Saudi Arabia Flee to Turkey As Chinese Embassy Ends Passport Renewals

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 21:24
Chinese Travel Document issued in 2010. Photo: Wikipedia

Those with expired documents live under the threat of deportation or face detention back home.

‘If They Hadn’t Tortured My Husband, He Wouldn’t Have Fallen Into a Coma’

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 21:22
Munawwar Ablimit in an undated photo.  Photo courtesy of Munawwar Ablimit

A Uyghur mother of two says her husband’s interrogation in detention led to his death.

Citing Holocaust Lessons, UK Jewish Group Demands China End Persecution of Uyghur Muslims

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 21:21
Edwin Shuker, Rahima Mahmut, Gillian Merron, Laura Janner-Klausner and Qari Asim. Photo: Board of Deputies of British Jews.

A top UK Jewish group is demanding China end its persecution of the country’s Uyghur Muslim minority.

Her Uighur Parents Were Model Chinese Citizens. It Didn’t Matter

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 18:53
Humar Isaac at home in Uppsala, Sweden.Credit...Asa Sjostrom for The New York Times

Behind Zulhumar Isaac’s grandmother’s house, there was a large mulberry tree, so vast the branches covered the roof of the garage like a second ceiling.

Confirmed Xinjiang Coronavirus Cases Jump to 10 Amid Concerns of Spread in Internment Camps

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 18:35

Regional authorities take measures to slow infections, but say nothing of closing the detention facilities.

'Modern-day Genocide': Houston Uighur Society speaks on detained Uighurs in China

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 18:31
Channing Wang/Thresher

Members of Houston Uighur Society spoke at Rice last Thursday on the recent events regarding the Uighur population in China. In their talk, the members presented on the internment of the Uighurs in Chinese ‘re-education’ camps that are being implemented allegedly to erase Uighur religious and cultural identity.