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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Photo: UN
Sep 19, 2019

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly rejected claims by five human rights groups that he hasn’t condemned the Chinese government’s detention of more than a million Muslims in the Xinjiang region, saying he has spoken out forcefully.

Internal view of the dormitory building in the transformation through education camp, where every room is fitted with double iron doors, just like a prison.
Sep 19, 2019

Authorities say the two men ‘became ill,’ but provide no details.

Mayila Yakufu spent 10 months in an internment camp operated by China. She was picked up again in May and charged with financing terrorism. (Family photo)
Sep 19, 2019

The Chinese state has come down not once, but twice, on Mayila Yakufu

American journalist Max Blumenthal travelled with a group of journalists and activists to Damascus in September 2019 [Twitter]
Sep 19, 2019

What a visit of a group of journalists and activists to Damascus can tell us about 'laundering' genocidal regimes.

Kong Yuangfeng (R) at a construction site in Aksu prefecture, in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), in an undated photo.
Sep 19, 2019

Kong Yuanfeng describes life in a women's prison in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Ilham Tohti in France, February 2009.
Sep 19, 2019

The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament announced today [18 September 2019] the nomination of Professor Ilham Tohti as its candidate for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2019. 

Sep 19, 2019

United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva, 9-27 September 2019 EU Statement - Item 4: Human Rights situations that require the Council's attention

Uighurs wait in line at a face scan checkpoint in Turpan, Xinjiang in northwest China on April 11, 2018. Darren Byler, CC BY
Sep 18, 2019

The Uighurs, a Muslim minority ethnic group of around 12 million in northwest China, are required by the police to carry their smartphones and IDs listing their ethnicity.

Sep 18, 2019

In August 2018 I was in Zharkent, a market town in Kazakhstan near the Chinese border, reporting on the extradition trial of an asylum seeker named Sayragul Sauytbay.

Illumination on the Chinese consulate wall in New York city, by Uyghur Rally, on Sep 17, 2019
Sep 18, 2019

The United States is considering how to confront China during the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations next week over its detention of some 1 million Muslims in a remote region, as some diplomats warn that U.S. leadership in global institutions is waning and China’s influence is growing.

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