Saudi Arabia defends letter backing China’s Xinjiang policy

Saudi Arabia on Thursday defended signing a letter along with 36 other countries in support of China’s policies in its western region of Xinjiang, where the United Nations says at least 1 million ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslims have been detained, Reuters reports. China has been widely condemned for setting up detention complexes in remote Xinjiang. It describes them as “education training centres” helping to stamp out extremism and give people new skills. Last week nearly two dozen nations at
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Xinjiang Update, by Godfree Roberts

THE PROBLEM Uyghur terrorists have killed 1200 Chinese in the past ten years and, since 2014, more than 1,500 terrorist gangs have been destroyed, 13,000 terrorists arrested and 2,000 explosive devices seized in Xinjiang. In 2015, China passed its Counter-terrorism Law, which allows Beijing to take all necessary measures to put down any activities or...
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Four Corners exposé shows why you might be wearing slave-made clothes

WITH China’s western-most province of Xinjiang being turned into a mass internment camp, Monday's ABC Four Corners program reported on the Chinese Communist Party’s alleged plans to put up to a million detained Uyghurs to work. The post Four Corners exposé shows why you might be wearing slave-made clothes appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
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China’s economy growth cools further amid US tariff war

Author:  AP ID:  Mon, 2019-07-15 02:23 BEIJING: China’s economic growth sank to its lowest level in at least 26 years in the quarter ending in June, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders as they fight a tariff war with Washington. The world’s second-largest economy grew 6.2 percent over a year ago, down from the previous
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China Building Secular Schools for Muslims in Xinjiang Province. Western Media Critique

China’s recent building-spree of schools in its underdeveloped and remote region of Xinjiang – in a saner world – would be good news. But for editors at the BBC it is being depicted as sinister and dystopian. The BBC’s article, … The post China Building Secular Schools for Muslims in Xinjiang Province. Western Media Critique appeared first on Global Research .
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China Rebuked by 22 Nations Over Xinjiang

More than 20 countries have issued a joint statement this week condemning China’s mass detention program in Xinjiang in what is the first concerted international effort to
| China & the World, Human Rights, Level 2 Article |

Malaysians Ask China To Free Uyghurs, Close The Camps

By Gulnaz Uighur Muslims are standing up for Uyghurs, protests held in Malaysia. 5th of July could be just like another day for people but for Uyghurs, it brings back dark memories of a bloody past. This day, in 2009, thousands of Uyghur students were massacred by Chinese police in Urumqi. These young students were […] The post Malaysians Ask China To Free Uyghurs, Close The Camps appeared first on MuslimMatters.org .
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Ten Years Later: The Urumqi Riots Marked a Turning Point

Ten years ago on July 5, 2009, riots broke out in Urumqi, Xinjiang, in response to a conflict between Uyghur and Han workers in Guangdong. Two Uyghur workers were killed by an angry mob
| Human Rights, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article |

Xinjiang is a good place

Somalia is a country with a 100% Muslim population; I would like to introduce the situation of Xinjiang, China, to Somali friends. A popular song in China is “Xinjiang is a good place”. Indeed, Xinjiang is a beautiful place with 1.66 million square kilometers. It is rich in resources, products, oil, grapes, melons, red dates […]
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Spyware Used on Phones at Xinjiang Border

The ongoing mass detentions in Xinjiang are accompanied by an intense security and surveillance program across the region. In 2017, for example, some Urumqi residents were reportedly
| China & the World, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article |

Research Challenges Official Picture of Xinjiang Camps

As part of the Chinese government’s response to international criticism of its mass detention program in Xinjiang, authorities have defended the internment camps as legal
| China & the World, Human Rights, Law |

Faces for cookware: data collection industry flourishes as China pursues AI ambitions

Fri, 2019-06-28 23:06 PINGDINGSHAN: In a village in central China’s Henan province, amid barking dogs and wandering chickens, villagers gather along a dirt road to trade images of their faces for kettles, pots and tea cups. At the front of the line, a woman stands in front of a camera zip-tied to a tripod. She holds a photograph of her head with the eyes and the nose cut out in front
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Uyghurs, Political Islam & the BRI, by Godfree Roberts

Since our media have confined themselves to unsupported allegations, I’ve collected several first-hand accounts of happenings in Xinjiang, an area of China I myself have never visited. Many Chinese consider Uyghurs the descendants of a marooned, white imperialist army living on land that was China’s long before they arrived. Edgar Snow[1] visited Xinjiang in 1937...
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The Depressing Reality Behind Hong Kong’s Protests

The images from Hong Kong over the past two weeks were stunning. On Sunday, June 15, one million Hong Kong residents flooded the downtown streets, demanding that city authorities scrap a bill which would allow mainland China’s communist government to extradite fugitives from the semi-autonomous region. Protesters feared that Beijing would use the law to pursue political targets, effectively ending Hong Kong’s special status as a haven for dissidents and political freedoms. After days of clashes between protesters and police,
| Foreign Affairs, Beijing, China |

UN Terrorism Chief Criticized for Trip to Xinjiang

China has been condemned internationally for the forced internment of an estimated one to 1.5 million Uyghurs in political “re-education” camps in Xinjiang. Beijing has consistently
| China & the World, Human Rights, Level 2 Article |

Big trouble in little China: Hong Kongers defy the government and Beijing

Faith in the “one country, two systems” arrangement, which promises Hong Kong a “high degree of autonomy” from China is waning, culminating in mass protests over the extradition bill.  It all began with a murder. In February 2018, a young woman on holiday from Hong Kong was found strangled and stuffed inside a suitcase near a metro station in Taipei. Her boyfriend,
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The Failure to Define Fascism Today

“You can’t define it as good or bad,” Caio Mussolini, great-grandson of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, told reporters on May 8, discussing fascism during his run for the European Parliament. Fascism was a “complicated, nuanced period.” It’s not the first time the dictator’s progeny have defended him. Last October, granddaughter Alessandra Mussolini, a member of European Parliament, threatened on Twitter to “monitor” and “bring to court” anyone who disrespected the memory of her grandfather. In April, she tangled with Jim
| Foreign Affairs, Politics, Fascism |

China: 58 Uyghur Journalists Detained

News NGO Uyghur Human Rights Project has recently revealed that 58 journalists from the Xinjiang region are being detained, bringing Reporters Without Borders’ total count to 111 detainees in China. NGO Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), part of the Uyghur American Association (UAA), has
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The night the lights went out: what really happened in Tiananmen Square

Thirty years on, the events that took place in Beijing remain misunderstood – and the Chinese government wants to keep it that way.  During the hot night of 3 June 1989, an announcement blared from the loudspeakers in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Metallic, epicene, it sounded like the patter of a hypnotist: “Go home and save your lives. You are
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Rihanna: Seven tips for your move to London

Please help yourself to a Greggs sausage roll, a permanent state of dread, and the following advice for living in London.  Why anyone would want to move to the most expensive city in this drizzly, poorly written soap of a country is beyond me. Nevertheless, welcome, Rihanna . Please help yourself to a Greggs sausage roll, a permanent state of
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Idlib-Based Uighur Terrorists Threatened Russian Forces in Syria

The so-called “Turkistan Islamic Party”, the Syrian branch of the Uighur-led terrorist group previously known as the “East Turkestan Islamic Movement”, threatened to deal Russia a defeat akin to the one that its Soviet predecessor experienced in Afghanistan, demonstrating the … The post Idlib-Based Uighur Terrorists Threatened Russian Forces in Syria appeared first on Global Research .
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The Taint of Guantánamo: Uighurs in Albania and Bermuda Seek Permission to Join Their Families in Canada

Following up on a recent Canadian news report about three former Guantánamo prisoners — Uighurs (from China's oppressed Xinjiang province), who were resettled in Albania and Bermuda. They are seeking permission from the Canadian government to join their wives and children, who are all Canadian nationals, but are finding that discredited allegations from Guantánamo continue to haunt them.
| Children in Guantanamo, Guantanamo, Guantanamo lawyers |

US-China relations near new low amid trade battle

Author:  Sat, 2019-05-11 18:44 WASHINGTON: The US and China have gone through rough patches before. The American public recoiled — and the US government imposed sanctions — after the People’s Liberation Army slaughtered hundreds of civilians in the streets of Beijing in June 1989, crushing the Tiananmen Square protests. Ordinary Chinese were outraged 10 years later when the Americans bombed China’s
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Firsthand Accounts From Xinjiang Camps

A massive, long-running security crackdown in Xinjiang has included the detention of an estimated 1.5 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a series of internment camps
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China's internal colony

China may have interned as many as a million Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang in an attempt to suppress their desire for greater autonomy and perhaps even independence; this may just increase that desire. - 2019/03 / article , 2019/03 Uyghurs
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China, Russia and the return of the civilisational state

Such states define themselves not as nations but civilisations – in opposition to the liberalism and global market ideology of the West. The 20th century marked the downfall of empire and the triumph of the nation state. National self-determination became the prime test of state legitimacy, rather than dynastic inheritance or imperial rule. After the Cold War, the dominant elites in
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Joe Biden's Son Hunter Is Invested in China's Mass Surveillance Program Used to Monitor Uyghur Muslims

As the United Nations accuses the Chinese government of setting up massive camps in the far-west Xinjiang province to imprison an unknown number of ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslims, Human Rights Watch reports that China is carrying out mass surveillance there using a mobile app that lets authorities monitor the Muslim population. We speak with investigative reporter Lee Fang about an unexpected investor in Chinese surveillance: Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son. And we speak with Human Rights Watch China director
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As Countries Seek Trade With China, Imprisoned Uyghur Muslim Community Has Become "Collateral Damage"

China's top trade negotiator is traveling to Washington this week as tension over trade intensifies between the two nations. President Trump is threatening to impose a 25 percent tariff on nearly all Chinese imports after the U.S. accused China of backtracking on trade commitments. Talks are expected to resume on Thursday, but the Trump administration is facing criticism for refusing to address China’s human rights record as part of the negotiations. The United Nations and a number of human rights
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HRW Reveals How Xinjiang Police Profile Uyghurs

A new report from Human Rights Watch details the types of information that police are using to profile Xinjiang residents amid a massive security crackdown in the region. The crackdown
| Human Rights, Level 2 Article, Level 3 Article |

Xinjiang surveillance app targets legal, everyday behaviour – rights group

CHINESE authorities are using a mobile app designed for mass surveillance to profile, investigate and detain Muslims in Xinjiang by labelling "completely lawful" behaviour as suspicious, a Human Rights Watch report said Thursday. The post Xinjiang surveillance app targets legal, everyday behaviour – rights group appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
| China, Countries, Culture |

Uyghur Inmates in Iconic Xinjiang Detention Camp Photo Identified

The photo was posted to the WeChat account of the Xinjiang Judicial Administration showing Uyghur detainees listening to a 'de-radicalization' speech, April 2017.
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Scrutiny of Ties to Xinjiang Surveillance Intensifies

A stream of recent analysis and news coverage has continued to examine the development of advanced surveillance and security technologies alongside mass detention camps in Xinjiang,
| China & the World, Economy, Human Rights |

Microsoft’s work with Chinese military university raises eyebrows

Author:  AFP ID:  1555053595745966100 Fri, 2019-04-12 07:16 BEIJING: Microsoft has been collaborating with researchers linked to a Chinese military-backed university on artificial intelligence, elevating concerns that US firms are contributing to China’s high-tech surveillance and censorship apparatus. Over the past year, researchers at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing have co-authored at least three papers with scholars affiliated
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“Terror Capitalism” and a “Virtual Cage” in Xinjiang

As China’s internment camps in Xinjiang and their million-plus inhabitants attract mounting global attention, The New York Times this week published a multimedia feature
| China & the World, Human Rights, Law |

Are Historic Mosques In Xinjiang Being Destroyed?

Activists on Twitter have recently claimed that China has been destroying historic mosques across Xinjiang province, which is home to a large population of Uighurs, a primarily Muslim minority in China. By using open sources and satellite imagery we can locate these mosques and check such claims. We can also potentially narrow down when the... The post Are Historic Mosques In Xinjiang Being Destroyed? appeared first on bellingcat .
| Rest of World, Uncategorized, China |

Are Historic Mosques In Xinjiang Being Destroyed?

Activists on Twitter have recently claimed that China has been destroying historic mosques across Xinjiang province, which is home to a large population of Uighurs, a primarily Muslim minority in China. By using open sources and satellite imagery we can locate these mosques and check such claims. We can also potentially narrow down when the... The post Are Historic Mosques In Xinjiang Being Destroyed? appeared first on bellingcat .
| Rest of World, China, Mosque |

Photo: Xinjiang China 2018, by sj liew

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Foreign Citizens, Residents Caught In Xinjiang Camps

While locally resident Uyghurs account for the majority of the estimated million or more held in internment camps in Xinjiang, a series of recent articles has highlighted the detentions
| China & the World, Human Rights, Level 2 Article |

Here’s looking at you – how China built its Great Firewall

James Griffiths explores how the country pioneered a walled internet that has since spread elsewhere. During Mao Zedong’s rule, you could be detained for discussing your cat (as the academic Perry Link once noted, the word is a near homonym for the Great Leader’s name). This no longer happens in China. Instead, the government has developed an armoury of tools to
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A Missed Opportunity to Protect Muslims in China

by Farida Deif News of a major new crackdown on Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region, including locking up as many as a million people without charge in “political re-education” camps, has made major headlines around the… Continue Reading  
| China, Farida Deif, human rights |

China’s Uyghur detention camps may be the largest mass incarceration since the Holocaust

And it is neither front-page news nor a major part of diplomatic or political dialogue. Over the last few years,  a network of enormous detention  camps has sprung up across China’s remote northern province of Xinjiang. According to the US State Department, the United Nations and other researchers and activists, they may hold at least a million Uighurs, a Muslim minority Beijing
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China’s Uighur detention camps may be largest mass incarceration since the Holocaust

And it is neither front-page news nor a major part of diplomatic or political dialogue. Over the last few years,  a network of enormous detention  camps has sprung up across China’s remote northern province of Xinjiang. According to the US State Department, the United Nations and other researchers and activists, they may hold at least a million Uighurs, a Muslim minority Beijing
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China Defends Xinjiang Camps Amid Pleas for Action

The Chinese government has issued a White Paper defending its policies in Xinjiang and the forced internment of up to 1.5 million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims. The government
| China & the World, Human Rights, Level 2 Article |

Photo: Xinjiang China 2018, by sj liew

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At U.N., West Criticizes Xinjiang Crisis

Following reports of forced labor, political indoctrination, abuse, and deaths within Xinjiang’s internment camps, the U.S. co-hosted a U.N. Human Rights Council side event on
| China & the World, Human Rights, Law |

“Window into Xinjiang” Closes with Kazakh Arrest

As the Chinese government has detained more than a million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in internment camps in Xinjiang, thousands of ethnic Kazakhs, who have long lived on the
| China & the World, Human Rights, Level 2 Article |

Turkey’s economy tumbles into first recession since 2009 as polls loom

Author:  AFP ID:  1552295050306819900 Mon, 2019-03-11 08:55 ANKARA: Turkey’s economy entered its first recession in a decade, official data showed on Monday, just weeks before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government faces local elections where growth and inflation will be key issues for voters. Economic output contracted by 2.4 percent in the final three months of the year compared
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National Security at the United Nations This Week

Responding to repression of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, China, censuring Saudi Arabia at the Human Rights Council, stalled progress in de-escalating Yemen's civil war, OPCW findings on chemical weapons use in Syria, and more.
| United Nations, Gaza, Human Rights Council |