US student invents Braille system for visually impaired Uyghurs

The Uyghur Braille alphabet in an undated photo. Photo courtesy of Harris Mowbray. The Braille alphabet. Credit Wikimedia Commons Safeguarding the Uyghur language US university student Harris Mowbray in an undated photo. Photo courtesy of Harris Mobray In 2000, China banned the use of the Uyghur language in government communications, which also blocked the creation of Uyghur Braille in Xinjiang. But independent linguists from
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Journal Retracts Paper Based on DNA of Vulnerable Chinese Minorities

Roewer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Photo: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images Over the past few years, the Chinese government has interned Uyghurs and members of other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups in cruel camps and forced them into labor. Authorities have collected DNA from nearly all residents of Xinjiang and Tibet as part of a broader surveillance program.
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China’s persecution of Uyghurs is preview of wider surveillance scheme, lawmakers say

A government installed facial recognition device to grant residents access to their compound is seen on a gate in Urumqi, capital of northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, May 7, 2021. Credit: Reuters Personnel inspect a surveillance drone on the runway of the airport in Hotan in northwestern China's Xinjiang region, May 30, 2019. Credit: AFP
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Mural of former Uyghur detainee spreads news of Chinese abuses in Xinjiang

French street artist Mahn Kloix paints a mural depicting Tursunay Ziawudun, a former Uyghur detainee who has left China and spoken publicly about her experience in an internment camp, in the southern French port city of Marseille, October 2021. Credit: Mahn Kloix/Instagram French street artist Mahn Kloix paints a mural depicting Tursunay Ziawudun, a former Uyghur detainee who has left China
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China’s Xinjiang Repression Targeted at International Religious Freedom Summit

Nury Turkel (3rd from L), vice chair of the US Committee on International Religious Freedom, participates in a panel discussion on China's use of artificial intelligence and high tech in its campaign against Uyghurs in Xinjiang, at the International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, July 14, 2021. Credit: RFA A Muslim man reads a sign attached to the entrance of a
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China and Russia Quiet about US Past Genocides and Ongoing Genocide in the Middle East and Africa

Albert Einstein wrote that in 1950, even before the CIA operation Mongoose10 had completed its control over everyone of any appreciable importance in American media and sources of information and in much of Western Europe and on the other continents, see the lengthy article: Worldwide Propaganda Network Built by the C.I.A. 12/26/1977, The New Times.11,12 China is accused of cultural genocide in
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2021 Journalism Awards: A China Reportage Reading List

The 2021 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Public Service Winner: The New York Times January 6, 2020 – China Grapples With Mystery Pneumonia-Like Illness By Sui-Lee Wee and Vivian Wang February 1, 2020 – As New Coronavirus Spread, China’s Old Habits Delayed Fight By Chris Buckley and Steven Lee Myers February 2, 2020 – Wuhan Coronavirus Looks Increasingly Like a Pandemic, Experts Say By Donald G. McNeil Jr. June 26,
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How China Uses Guantánamo’s Former Uyghur Prisoners to Justify the Mass Imprisonment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang Province

Uyghur prisoners in Guantánamo calling for their release in 2009 (above), and Uyghur prisoners in a “re-education” camp in Xinjiang province in 2018 (below). Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months. If you can help, please
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Rights Researchers Urge UN Investigation of Crimes Against Humanity in Xinjiang

A Uyghur woman (C) walks through a security checkpoint to enter a bazaar in Hotan, in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), May 31, 2019. AFP Farmers pick cotton in a field in Xinjiiang's Hami prefecture, in a file photo. AFP Uyghurs enjoy life in the XUAR in a frame grab from The Wings of Song. China Film Administration
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US Firms Must Cut Ties to Xinjiang Due to Extensive Forced Labor, Lack of Due Diligence: Experts

A guard watchtower rises along a perimeter fence of what is officially known as a 'vocational center' in Urumqi's Dabancheng district, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Sept. 4, 2018. Reuters Officials meet with workers at the Zhuowan factory in Ghulja county, in the XUAR's Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, in an undated photo. RFA listener A photo posted to the WeChat account
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Xinjiang Labor Transfer Scheme Constitutes Crimes Against Humanity: Report

Officials meet with workers at the Zhuowan factory in Ghulja county, in the XUAR's Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, in an undated photo. RFA listener A facility believed to be an internment camp located north of Kashgar, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, June 2, 2019. AFP US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken addresses the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva via
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US Sec State Blinken Says China ‘Will be Held to Account’ For Xinjiang Abuses at UN Rights Council

Uyghurs rally to press the State Department to fight for the freedom of Uyghurs unjustly imprisoned in Chinese internment camps, at the US Mission to the United Nations, in a file photo. RFA UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks at the COP25 Climate summit in Madrid, Spain, in a file photo. AP Photo
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Does the West Repeating Claims of China Committing Genocide in Xinjiang Reify It?

The evidence for genocide committed by the Canadian state, is voluminous. See Bruce Clark, Ongoing Genocide caused by Judicial Suppression of the “Existing” Aboriginal Rights (2018). Review ; Bruce Clark, Justice in Paradise (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1999); Splitting the Sky with She Keeps the Door, The Autobiography of Dacajeweiah, Splitting the Sky, John Boncore
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US urged to reintroduce bill banning Uighur forced-labour products

The bill would allow a US president to force sanction on anyone responsible for the labour trafficking of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China. Student coalitions and US lawmakers are calling for the reintroduction of a bill that bans all imports from China's Western province of Xinjiang  - proven to be made under forced labour - to be
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‘Push Corporations to be More Transparent About Sourcing’: Investigative Reporter on Xinjiang

Amelia Pang is an award-winning investigative journalist of mixed Chinese and Uyghur descent who was born and raised in the U.S. Although her maternal grandmother was raised according to Uyghur traditions in the capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), her mother learned little of her Uyghur heritage or language due to forced assimilation policies that promoted Mandarin
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CDT Weekly, February 12-18: Ilham Tohti, Xinjiang, and Why Clubhouse Had to Die

Welcome to the second edition of CDT’s weekly roundup, also available as an email newsletter through Substack. With these updates, we aim to provide an overview of new content across CDT’s English and Chinese sites, as well as the bilingual China Digital Space wiki, and related content elsewhere. The highlight of our translation content this week was a long essay from
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How Oracle Sells Repression in China

Image: Image: Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Photo: Yan Cong/Bloomberg via Getty Images Team USA Image: Integrated Policing Image: Slideshare Photo: LinkedIn Big Data and Repressive Regimes Image: Slideshare Image: Slideshare Oracle in China Image: Image: Selling to Xinjiang Do you have information about how Oracle products are used in China or in security applications? Have
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In a word: How does Uighur 'genocide' designation affect US policy?

Comment: Whether to designate human rights atrocities as genocide is a fraught discussion that can hinder rather than precipitate further action, writes Allison Quatrini. In a call Wednesday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, President Joe Biden made a point to express his concerns about the PRC's human rights record - including its policies toward Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Muslim-minority
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Uyghur Group Defends Detainee Database After Xinjiang Officials Allege ‘Fake Archive’

Erfan Hezim in an official photo issued by Jiangsu Suning F.C. Photo courtesy of Jiangsu Suning F.C. Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann (L) reads Liu Xiaobo's text 'I have no enemies' next to the The Nobel Peace Prize committee Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland (R) sitting next to an empty chair at the ceremony for the Nobel Laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo at City
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China blocks Clubhouse after netizens discuss Xinjiang and Tiananmen

For a brief moment in time, Clubhouse cracked the Great FirewallImage by the Stand News. Used with permission. On February 8 China blocked Clubhouse, the United States-based, audio-only social network that mainland netizens have been using to discuss politically-sensitive topics away from the prying eyes of government's censors. Launched in 2020, Clubhouse is the fastest growing social networking site worldwide. Users —
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China's Alibaba seeks to distance itself from Uighur facial-recognition software

Chinese tech giants Huawei and Alibaba have been implicated in developing facial-recognition software targeting Uighur Muslims. Chinese tech giant Alibaba has sought to distance itself from a face-recognition software feature devised by its cloud computing unit that could help users to identify members of the country's Muslim Uighur minority.
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Australian Uighur family reunited after China finally allows wife, son to leave Xinjiang

Sadam Abudusalamu met his three-year-old son for the first time on Thursday when the family were reunited at Sydney airport. An  Australian Uighur man was finally reunited with his family at Sydney airport on Thursday, Reuters reported, after Beijing gave permission for his wife and son to leave Xinjiang . Sadam Abudusalamu met his three-year
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Minitrue Diary, March 3, 2020: Xinjiang, South China Sea, COVID Evacuations, Wasted Donations

Do not reprint or cite foreign media commentary on sensitive issues involving Xinjiang. Do not republish or hype inaccurate reports on epidemic control in Russia. Strengthen checks on maps and place name labels and markers involving the South China Sea. (March 3, 2020) [ Chinese ] Give low-key handling to our government’s coordination of commercial charter flights to
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Minitrue Diary, February 25, 2020: Coronavirus Data, HK Mask Donations

Further standardize report language, release epidemic data that strictly accords with authoritative statements from the National Health Commission, and do not add the word “nationwide” before the phrase “31 provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities, and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.” Concerning Shenzhen’s daily donation of 100,000 masks to Hong Kong, do not report, do not reprint, and do not comment.
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US senators seek to declare China 'genocide' against Uighurs

The text states that China's campaign "against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and members of other Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region constitutes genocide". US senators sought on Tuesday to declare that China is committing genocide against Uighurs and other Turkic-speaking Muslims , a step that could ramp up pressure on behalf of the estimated one million-plus
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New Evidence Further Links Xinjiang Company Sanctioned by US to Forced Labor

A map shows Ghulja county in the XUAR's Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture. RFA Name-brand exports Gulzira Auelkhan (R) and a fellow worker at the Zhuowan factory in Ghulja county, in late 2018. Gulzira Auelkhan ‘Just like a camp’ Visiting officials are briefed outside of the Zhuowan factory, in an undated photo. RFA listener Global market
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Films Financed by Steven Mnuchin Were Tailored to Appeal to China

On September 9, as the controversy over “Mulan” intensified, Trump cheerleader Josh Hawley , the junior senator from Missouri, sent a letter to Disney CEO Bob Chapek lambasting him for “Disney’s whitewashing of the ongoing Uighur genocide” and asking him to pull “Mulan” from the streaming service Disney+. Photo: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images Mnuchin financed several films that
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Two of Three Mosques in Xinjiang Village Razed Amid Campaign Targeting Muslim Holy Sites

A comparison shows satellite imagery of the Atush Eshtachi Grand Mosque in Xinjiang's Atush city taken on Oct. 8, 2016 and Sept. 8, 2018. A comparison shows satellite imagery of the Atush Bastaggam Mosque in Xinjiang's Atush city taken on Nov. 14, 2016 and in 2019. A comparison shows satellite imagery of the Atush Suntagh Mosque in Xinjiang's
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U.S. Government Sanctions Companies for Forced Labor in Xinjiang

Reuters reports : The companies produce equipment primarily for domestic use, but The Times identified several other companies outside Xinjiang that use Uighur labor and export globally. We traced a shipment of face masks to a medical supply company in the U.S. state of Georgia from a factory in China’s Hubei Province, where more than 100 Uighur workers had
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U.S. Lawmakers, Fair Labor Association Condemn Forced Labor of Uyghurs

Following widespread reports of forced labor by Uyghurs in Xinjiang and other parts of China, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers submitted a bill to restrict imports from Xinjiang. Austin Ramzy of The New York Times reports : With Xinjiang producing much of China’s cotton and textiles, the legislation could affect companies as diverse as Calvin Klein,
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U.S. to Cap Visas for Chinese State Media (Updated: China Responds)

On Monday, the U.S. State Department announced a cap on the number of visas it would issue to Chinese employees of five Chinese state media organizations in response to “increasingly harsh surveillance, harassment, and intimidation against American and other foreign journalists operating in China.” Visa reciprocity has long been proposed and heatedly discussed as
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Coronavirus: China’s Xinjiang camps are a neglected high-risk area and should be closed

By Munawwar Abdulla The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global public health emergency on Thursday. The Chinese government initially heavily obscured the severity of the novel coronavirus outbreak, leading to inadequate initial handling of the problem, and spread of the virus to other parts of the world. The outbreak is now a matter of
| Environment & Health, HKFP Voices, Politics & Protest

The Ghulja Massacre: remembering China’s brutal crackdown on a peaceful Xinjiang protest

By Zubayra Shamseden, Chinese Outreach Coordinator, Uyghur Human Rights Project It was horrifying to hear that my sister Mesture, who was in severe pain going into labour with her first child Nazife, was unable to go to the hospital in Ghulja city on February 5, 1997 because a blockade had been enforced in the city. My parents
| HKFP Voices, Politics & Protest, Ghulja massacre

China and Muslim minority

By Mohamed Alhassan Alsayed What is the truth about the situation of the Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang autonomous region in northwest China? And how does Islam become an instrument of war by anti-China western media to tarnish its image? This is what the article wants to talk about. Chinese authorities have affirmed that China treats all religions
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China has its own brand of fake news when it comes to human rights and the Uyghurs

China has a less than glamorous record when it comes to the protection and promotion of human rights inside its borders. Whether it’s land rights, religious freedom, family planning, freedom of speech or internet censorship, over the past decade there has been international criticism for failure to meet even the most basic human rights standards. The condemnation has come from
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Hong Kong Free Press Editorial: Our new Annual Report

Downlo a d a copy  of our latest Annual Report – it includes a Transparency Report based on our latest yearly, independent audit. Letter from the Editor: Last year, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement sought to “blossom everywhere,” with protesters vowing to “be water” and act with fluidity, speed and flexibility. The HKFP team had
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The Bureau of Investigative Journalism – MP meets with Chinese technology company involved in Uighur camps

Trade minister Graham Stuart has been criticised for his meetings with SenseTime, a Chinese company that supplies facial recognition technology to the Chinese government. There have been reports that SenseTime’s technology has been used to aid the suppression of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province. Silkie Carlo, Director of Big Brother Watch said “we sincerely hope Graham Stuart used his meeting
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Public Anger Swells Over Official Opacity on Coronavirus

As the outbreak of a novel coronavirus strain that originated in Wuhan last month continues to spread globally, official statistics from China’s National Health Commission showed 5,974 confirmed cases as of Wednesday and 132 deaths. Local authorities’ slow initial response to the outbreak, first discovered in late December and initially reported as viral pneumonia , has stoked widespread
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Paid Protesters at Extradition Hearings Highlight Canada’s Predicament

Court hearings on the prospective extradition of Huawei CFO and founder’s daughter Meng Wanzhou from Canada to the U.S. ended inconclusively last week. Meng’s arrest in Vancouver in December 2018 prompted a flurry of retaliation from China, most notably the detentions of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor , who now face prosecution on charges involving state secrets . Although
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Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger can learn from China's counter-terrorism efforts

By Ronald Kato The Sahel region has seen an upsurge in violence in recent years. The violence has mostly come from militant groups and sometimes ethnic animosity. In Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, attacks have significantly grown in frequency and casualty figures. Both military and civilian installations have come under fire. The Sahel is a vast, mostly
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Beijing’s new man in Hong Kong Luo Huining stumps the pundits: will he be nasty or nice?

Hong Kong’s best-known China watchers and commentators are in unanimous disagreement. The subject is Beijing’s sudden appointment of a new man to head its representative Liaison Office here. Arriving as he did in the middle of Hong Kong’s ongoing unresolved political uprising, observers can’t decide whether the appointment is good news or bad for Hong Kong, the protesters, or their
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Huawei’s human rights record needs scrutiny before Britain signs 5G contracts

By   Tom Tugendhat The debate about Huawei’s involvement in our key 5G infrastructure has so far focused on the national security risks. These are considerable – both the US and Australia have registered serious concerns, with the US threatening to stop sharing security with the UK if our deal goes ahead. But Huawei’s human rights
| HKFP Voices, Law & Crime, Politics & Protest

China launching ‘most intense attack’ on int’l rights – Human Rights Watch

By Peter Hutchison China is using its economic and diplomatic might to carry out the “most intense attack” ever on the global system for protecting human rights, a leading campaign group said on Tuesday, sparking a furious response from a Chinese official. Human Rights Watch made the allegation in its annual report, launched at the United Nations
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HRW Report: China an Increasing “Global Threat to Human Rights”

Human Rights Watch has released their 30th annual “World Report” review of human rights by country . In the introduction to this year’s report, HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth wrote on the global threat to human rights that China’s government poses , warning that if left unchallenged, “Beijing’s actions portend a dystopian future in which no one
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‘LOL!’: China’s informal, confrontational Twitter diplomacy

by Jing Xuan Teng Chinese diplomacy has found a new voice on Twitter — and it’s not entirely diplomatic. The communist government has recently embraced the social media platform — despite blocking it within China — deploying its foreign ministry and a growing army of diplomats to tout or defend its policies to a global audience.
| Politics & Protest, Science & Technology, SinoBeat

U.S. Commission Calls Xinjiang Detentions “Crime Against Humanity”

In their annual report assessing human rights conditions in China in 2019 , the Congressional-Executive Commission on China called the detention of Uyghurs in Xinjiang a “crime against humanity,” while also presenting findings and recommendations on a host of other human rights issues including freedom of expression , workers’ rights , women’s rights , the
| China & the World, Human Rights, Law

World’s biggest debate contest axed livestream of Hong Kong topic as Chinese spectators staged walkout

The world’s biggest debate tournament has been embroiled in a row over censorship after it hosted a debate on Hong Kong democracy but later removed all online traces of the match. Photo: Thailand WUDC 2020. Last Friday, four top teams debated the motion “This House, as China, would grant universal suffrage to Hong Kong citizens”
| Community & Education, HKFP Reports, Hong Kong

‘Crimes against humanity on a massive scale’: US lawmakers urge Trump to take action against Beijing

US lawmakers called Wednesday for President Donald Trump’s administration to impose sanctions over rights abuses in China as they released a report describing “crimes against humanity” against the Uighur minority. In a wide-ranging annual report, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, which tracks human rights in the Asian power, voiced alarm at Beijing’s incarceration of more than one million
| Law & Crime, Politics & Protest, SinoBeat