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Screen grab of a video posted on Douyin of Uighur workers in Hotan singing “Without the Communist Party, There Would Be No New China.” The video, shared across Twitter and Facebook by the Uighur diaspora, was deleted from media platforms within China.
May 2, 2019

Illiberal innovations created for China’s vast surveilled and censored domestic market are increasingly popular overseas.

新疆司法行政
May 2, 2019

The human rights crisis in Xinjiang foreshadows Taiwan’s future under PRC control, and the island knows it.

Shakila Kutlan says she’s frustrated by not having any answers about the wellbeing of her relatives. SBS
May 2, 2019

Chinese authorities are using a mobile app designed for mass surveillance to profile, investigate and detain Muslims in Xinjiang by labelling "completely lawful" behaviour as suspicious, according to a Human Rights Watch report.

Mike Pompeo and Xi Jinping shake hands. 14 June 2018, 21:12:18. United States Department of State
May 1, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked corporate America on Tuesday to think twice when doing business in China's Xinjiang region, where he appeared to liken the scale of mass incarceration of Muslims to Nazi abuses.

May 1, 2019

“I grew up (with the idea) being instilled (in me) that fifty-six nations compose one family. This was the first time that a person showed me a social issue which was hidden by the media.”

China's President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (L) on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, April 26, 2019.
May 1, 2019

Guterres’ remarks in Beijing seen as “tiptoeing” and “weak expression of concern” for persecuted Uyghurs.

Uyghurs demonstrate in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 28, 2018. Photo: RFA
May 1, 2019

Beijing has succeeded in neutralising attacks on its policies in Xinjiang

May 1, 2019

A MEE investigation found that a recognised advocacy group raising awareness about the repression of the Uighur minority in western China was added to a terrorism blacklist

Rohingya refugees Hafez Sayed Alam and Faizul Karim (rear) pray inside Masjid Umar Bin Khattab mosque at Kutupalong refugee camp April 2, 2019. (Hai Do/VOA)
May 1, 2019

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released its yearly report this week. The report identifies 16 nations as “countries of particular concern” for their “systematic, ongoing, egregious violations” of religious freedom.

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