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Zumret Dawut gives testimony at a hearing in DC on Sep 25, 2019. Photo: RFA
Nov 5, 2019

One day last October, eight local officials entered Zumuret Dawut’s home in Urumqi, the regional capital of northwestern China’s Xinjiang region. They came to ask her elderly father to pray – and they promised to pay.

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Nov 5, 2019

Three Chinese companies helped build a security state in China’s Xinjiang region to repress millions of Uighur Muslims. Amazon, eBay, Apple, and Google are still selling their products and distributing their apps.

The site of Sultanim cemetery in Hotan, Xinjiang, in December, 2018 and March 2019.
Nov 5, 2019

Eighty-one years ago this week, in what is also known as the “Night of Broken Glass,” hundreds of synagogues and Jewish cemeteries in Nazi Germany were damaged or destroyed, along with thousands of Jewish-owned businesses. It was in a sense the starting gun for the genocide that culminated in the extermination camps of Auschwitz, Sobibor and Treblinka.

A group of Uighur American activists protest inside Capital One Arena at the Washington Wizards home opener against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Photo:RFA
Nov 1, 2019

By Josh Rogin 
Columnist
Oct. 31, 2019 at 7:40 p.m. EDT

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
Nov 1, 2019

Scott Morrison has once again condemned China’s mass detention and surveillance of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, after copping backlash from Beijing.

Nov 1, 2019

I’ve already featured Uyghur culture in Ashiq: the last troubadour, shrine festivals, and drum-and-shawm bands, I began writing this post with the simple idea of sharing an exquisite free-tempo prelude from the great muqam suites; but, as often, it has grown into more wide-ranging reflections.

Tashpolat Tiyip, left, with his brother Nury in 2001, was sentenced to death in China in a secret trial. His execution may be imminent.(Courtesy of Nury Tiyip)
Nov 1, 2019

NBC News’ Kier Simmons talks with Nury Tiyip, the brother of a jailed Uighur scholar who disappeared in 2017 and is now on death row in China.

PHOTO: A screenshot from Muji's website showing their launch of Xinjiang Cotton on May 17, 2019. (Muji)
Nov 1, 2019

Japanese clothing brands Muji and Uniqlo have raised eyebrows for spruiking "Xinjiang Cotton" products, while brands in Australia are distancing themselves from the region that has become synonymous with China's mass internment of Uyghur Muslims.

Nov 1, 2019

This week Australia joined 22 other countries to condemn China at the United Nations over its horrifying treatment of the Uighur ethnic minority within its own borders.

Nov 1, 2019

Emotion recognition was the crime prevention buzz-phrase on everyone’s lips this week at China’s largest surveillance tech expo, held in the southern tech hub of Shenzhen.

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