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Members of the Uyghur diaspora protest outside of UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on the first day of the Human Rights Council, June 24, 2019.  Photo courtesy of an RFA listener
Jun 26, 2019

The United States has condemned efforts by China at the U.N. Human Rights Council to justify its incarceration of a reported million Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in 're-education' camps in Xinjiang Province.  

Erkin Tuniyaz, left
Jun 26, 2019

Xinjiang Vice Governor Mum on Abuses Against Uyghurs

United States' envoy for religious freedom Sam Brownback delivering remarks on the 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, in Washington, on June 21, 2019. Still grab from U.S. Department of State video
Jun 26, 2019

Myanmar and China should worry about the consequences of persecuting minorities, the United States' envoy for religious freedom, Mr Sam Brownback, has warned in an interview.

Jun 26, 2019

China’s on-going policies of transforming Uyghurs have been increasing more rapidly than ever before. In this talk, Mr. Aksu discusses the main policies that the Chinese government is enforcing in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region; how did state policies influence the Uyghur people, and how different are these policies from previous ones.

The Chinese government says that Uyghur writer Nurmuhemmet Tohti, seen here with his wife, wasn't arrested and detained, but instead placed 'under surveillance' in a 'designated place.'  FAMILY HANDOUT/FAMILY
Jun 26, 2019

The Chinese government has denied details of a Globe and Mail story about the death of the Uyghur writer Nurmuhemmet Tohti while acknowledging that his movements were restricted and that he was placed under surveillance.

Members of the Uyghur diaspora protest outside of UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on the first day of the Human Rights Council, June 24, 2019.  Photo courtesy of an RFA listener
Jun 25, 2019

But rights groups dismiss his remarks as propaganda and call him a traitor to the Uyghur community.

A Xinjiang Police College webpage shows police officers collecting information from villagers in Kargilik (or Yecheng) County in Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang.  Source: Xinjiang Police College website
Jun 25, 2019

From using too much electricity to stepping out the back door, a new report by Human Rights Watch reveals the extent to which every day behaviour in China’s Xinjiang region is monitored by the authorities, contributing to a regime of constant surveillance and mass detention

China's Xinjiang region's Vice-Governor Erkin Tuniyaz attends the Human Rights Council meeting at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2019.  Still from UN video
Jun 25, 2019

The vice-governor of China’s Xinjiang region responded to international condemnation of state-run detention camps on Tuesday by saying they were vocational centers which had helped “save” people from extremist influences.

Nurmemet Tohti in an undated photo.  Photo courtesy of an RFA listener
Jun 25, 2019

A Canadian family has recently learned of the death of their relative, writer Nurmehemmet Tohti after his release from an internment camp in China. A grandson living in Calgary told the Globe and Mail newspaper that being in custody was fatal for the 70 year old who had diabetes and heart problems.

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