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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Photo: UN
Sep 17, 2019

Publicly Call for Closing Detention Camps

Sep 16, 2019

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released a report on the Chinese government’s use of surveillance cameras, biometric technology and artificial intelligence to monitor and harass religious communities.

A video showing how people entering a mosque in Xinjiang have to go through a facial recognition scanner (screengrab from the video filmed by Nihad Jariri).
Sep 16, 2019

Phone apps, cameras, and DNA collection wrap a tight net around the region's ethnic Uyghurs, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom says.

Nearly 100 activists stood in solidarity with the Uyghurs of China, including many Uyghur diaspora members and Jewish World Watch supporters from all over the Los Angeles area.
Sep 16, 2019

Jewish World Watch (JWW) is proud to report two major accomplishments in our advocacy work related to the Uyghur (or Uighur) human rights crisis, which we have deemed a cultural genocide and potential mass atrocity situation.

Tashpolat Tiyip in Paris, during a ceremony to receive an honorary doctorate from the Sorbonne in November 2008. Photo: https://asialyst.com
Sep 16, 2019

When detained in China, political prisoners often disappear for months at a time. Sometimes, they reappear after lengthy interrogation, having made a coerced “confession” that is then televised. Others are less fortunate, reduced to just an announcement that they were convicted without access to family or lawyers.

Adil Abdulqadir and four of his children in the XUAR, in an undated photo. Adil who lives in Turkey lost contact with his four children that were taken to Hotan’s so-called Loving Heart Kindergarten by the Chinese government.
Sep 16, 2019

Return Minors Housed in State-Run Institutions to Relatives

In the night between September 11 and 12, Sen. Marco Rubio tweets about the important vote in the Senate
Sep 16, 2019

If the US House of Representatives passes the “Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act,” it will be the first such legislation in the world condemning China for its crimes.

Chen Quanguo, Communist Party Secretary of Xinjiang Uyghur Atonomous Region
Sep 16, 2019

Security forces urged to ensure stability in region where an estimated million Muslims have been interned in re-education camps

A photo posted to the WeChat account of the Xinjiang Judicial Administration shows Uyghur detainees listening to a 'de-radicalization' speech at a re-education camp in Hotan prefecture's Lop county, April 2017.  Wikipedia
Sep 16, 2019

In China’s western province of Xinjiang, Beijing is carrying out the most dramatic program of “re-education” since the collapse of the Soviet Union. There are between 10 million and 11 million native Uighurs living in the province. Of those, between 800,000 and 2 million are believed to be interred in re-education camps.

Men make a deal over five sheep at Bashkaram Market, near Kashgar. The sheep have their bottoms inspected to ensure they are in good health and of a worthy standard. Mutton is a major meat source (as pork is haram) and a common livestock to trade in Xinjiang
Sep 16, 2019

A photo essay from western Xinjiang – Naomi Goddard

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