December 2020

Uyghur rights cause tensions between China, US embassies in Algeria

Wed, 12/30/2020 - 19:37
Hamid Kerim (left), owns Dolan Uyghur Restaurant in Washington while chef Mohamad Tauhid runs its kitchen. (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

The Chinese embassy in Algeria protested against an "offensive" US embassy statement on the Uyghur issue, saying it was constitutes "an interference in China's internal affairs."

'Sold out': Uighurs fear deportation as China ratifies extradition treaty with Turkey

Wed, 12/30/2020 - 19:27

Uighur activists urge Turkish government not to abide by agreement that could put tens of thousands at risk of being detained in internment camps

China promises ‘sustained efforts’ on forced labor, as report reveals factories in 135 Xinjiang detention camps

Wed, 12/30/2020 - 19:23

In order to clinch an investment deal with the EU, China reportedly said it would make “sustained efforts” to ratify international conventions against forced labor. Meanwhile, BuzzFeed reported that at least 135 detention camps in Xinjiang have factories where forced labor likely occurs.

Uyghur Diaspora Remembers Independence Activist Isa Yusuf Alptekin on Anniversary of Passing

Wed, 12/30/2020 - 19:21
Isa Yusuf Alptekin (C) in an undated photo. Erkin Alptekin

Alptekin is honored for his tireless fight for the freedom of his people until his death 25 years ago.

Uyghurs fear deportation if Turkey-China extradition agreement comes into force

Wed, 12/30/2020 - 13:16

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) is deeply concerned that an extradition treaty soon to be reached between China and Turkey may lead to the illegal forced deportation of Uyghurs fleeing persecution.

The Factories in the Camps

Mon, 12/28/2020 - 17:42

China built its vast network of detention camps to do more than simply keep people behind bars. A BuzzFeed News investigation identified factories right inside many of Xinjiang’s internment compounds.

China ratifies Turkey extradition deal in push to ‘combat terrorism’, leading to concerns for Uygurs who fled Xinjiang

Mon, 12/28/2020 - 17:39

Action comes three years after the treaty was signed in Beijing

‘China-Pakistan’ Spy Ring Busted In Afghanistan; 10 Chinese Nationals Held On Espionage Charge

Mon, 12/28/2020 - 17:36

In yet another case of the growing network of Chinese spies, Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) has reportedly detained 10 Chinese nationals on charges of espionage. They were allegedly running a terror cell in the capital city of Kabul with the help of the Pakistani spy agency, ISI.

Chinese vaccine’s arrival in Turkey delayed, as Ankara is forced to agree to extradite Uighurs to China

Mon, 12/28/2020 - 17:09

The arrival in Turkey of the Chinese Covid-19 vaccine Sinovac has been delayed after a resurgence in cases of the virus in Beijing.

Uighur Diaspora Hails Removal of ETIM From US Terror List

Mon, 12/28/2020 - 17:04

Uighur activists and experts alike welcomed the removal of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) from the U.S. terrorist list, saying the move by Washington last month helps the religious minority fight more effectively for its rights, while making it harder for China to portray its crackdown in Xinjiang as a counterterrorism measure.