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Jun 11, 2019

The daily experience of Bitter Winter in covering the topic and how best civil society can leverage this critical coverage. Or, one by one, we make a difference. 

10月24日,中国共产党第十九次全国代表大会在北京人民大会堂胜利闭幕。这是习近平、李克强、张德江、俞正声、刘云山、王岐山、张高丽、江泽民、胡锦涛在主席台上。新华社记者 鞠鹏 摄
Jun 11, 2019

As a young boy growing up in 1960s Britain, George Orwell was one of my favourite authors and I avidly consumed everything he wrote. His novel 1984 was composed as a vision of a terrible future of totalitarian control of people by the capture of data about their behaviour by the state.

Caption:Baby Nuria holding a photograph of her great-grandfather and Uyghur freedom fighter, Ahmetjan Kasimi
Jun 10, 2019

Nuria Khasim smiles fondly when she remembers what Xinjiang used to be like. The beautiful nature, the smells from the marketplace and more importantly, her Uyghur family.

 Ziba Murat, is the young lady on the left (the other young lady on the right is her sister); the woman in the middle is Dr. Gulshan Abbas.. Photo: BitterWinter
Jun 10, 2019

AS A GIRL, Ziba Murat left her home and her mother in northwest China to come to the United States. Her mother, Gulshan Abbas, was a medical doctor who cared for the sick, injured and vulnerable. Despite their distance, Ziba remained close with Gulshan, regularly exchanging messages and speaking over the phone. 

Kazakh activist Serkizhan Bilash in court on June 7. RFE/RL
Jun 10, 2019

A Kazakh court has extended the house arrest measure for the leader of a group that raised concerns over the internment of ethnic Kazakhs in China's northwestern Xinjiang region.

Jun 10, 2019

Over the past 18 months, terrifying reports of mass detention have emerged from Xinjiang, China. Events transpiring in Xinjiang today represent among the worst human rights abuses in Asia—if not in the world. 

Jun 10, 2019

Barbed wire enclosures at agricultural campuses should be only for livestock, not Muslim political prisoners in China’s reeducation camps, the U.S. ambassador for international religious freedom says.

Dolkun Isa (third left) with Nancy Pelosi (center) (Photo courtesy of Yu Ping)
Jun 10, 2019

President of World Uyghur Congress, Dalai Lama and Rebiya Kadeer were all denied entry to Taiwan

Tursun with her son, Moez, one of the triplets. (Mihrigul Tursun/Women Under Siege)
Jun 10, 2019

In 2015, Mihrigul Tursun arrived at a Chinese airport and was immediately apprehended by authorities.

Jun 10, 2019

The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim) calls on the People’s Republic of China to release Uyghur Muslims immediately from the Xinjiang detention camps. Abim also urges all such centres and established camps to be closed without delay.

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