Propaganda Kills: Holding China Accountable For Its Role In The Coronavirus Pandemic

15 mins read In a new report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists , Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian describes the operating manuals for China’s mass internments and arrests of Uighur Muslims in the occupied territory called Xinjiang (East Turkestan). She describes what the world continues to ignore: China’s ethnic genocide—the destruction of culture, traditions, and mosques— the very fabric of Uighur heritage.  This is a shocking attempt
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A Case Study of Corporate Media Disinformation

Some alternative media have exposed the US government and its corporate media fake news reporting on Russian “election interference,” on Venezuela, the war on Syria, China’s Xinjiang and Hong Kong, Nicaragua, Palestine, among others. One of the longest running media disinformation campaigns has been directed at Cuba, well covered in Keith Bolender’s Manufacturing the Enemy: The Media War Against Cuba . 1 This thoroughly documented work is a good antidote to the constant anti-Cuba
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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, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Patagonia, which are named in the draft bill. While the bill’s prospects are uncertain, industry
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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 a response to China’s use of visa and accreditation denials and delays to apply pressure to or express displeasure with
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Bloomberg Apologized for Stop-and-Frisk. Why Won’t He Say Sorry to Muslims for Spying on Them?

Muslim community members and supporters protest the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslim communities during a rally in New York City’s Foley Square on Nov. 18, 2011. Photo: Bebeto Matthews/AP The 2016 Republican presidential primaries were a living nightmare for Muslim Americans. From start to finish, GOP candidates fell over one another to fan the flames of anti-Muslim bigotry, anti-Arab racism, and Islamophobic hysteria. We all recall, of course, Donald J. Trump
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China Seeks to Divert Attention From Virus Mishandling With Dancing Xinjiang Minorities: Uyghur Exiles

Deploying ethnic minority medical staff from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) to dance for patients infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a tactic by the government to divert public attention from its mishandling of the outbreak, members of the Uyghur exile community said after a viral video caused outrage this week. On Wednesday, a video went viral on social media depicting an ethnic Kazakh named Bargul Tolheng, who the official Global Times network said is
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Coronavirus And The Impetus To Close The Chinese-Run Concentration Camps

According to Dr. Adrian Zenz, an independent researcher based in Germany who has testified on several occasions on Capitol Hill, the concentration camps in East Turkestan number up to 1,400 (8 Nov 2019, [1] ). It has been estimated that the number of the Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Turkic minorities being held in those concentration camps can add up to more than 3 million. On February 5th, 2020, when the official Chinese government’s media
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China Under Xi Jinping is a 'Dystopian Digital Surveillance State': Rights Group

Chinese president Xi Jinping is building a "dystopian digital surveillance state" to promote his brand of totalitarian rule, according to a recent report by a human rights group. "Pushing for his vision of a dystopian digital surveillance state, Xi wielded his largely unfettered powers to suppress those aspiring for and promoting a vision of China with respect for universal human rights," the Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) network said in its annual report. It said 2019 saw enhanced
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Guantanamo’s Ugly Taint on U.S. Diplomacy

As I sat behind the safety glass of a courtroom at Guantanamo Bay in mid-January, for the pre-trial hearings of the five men charged as conspirators in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, my mind kept wandering to a different prison, halfway around the world. Only the week before, Mustafa Kassem, a U.S. citizen, died in Egypt – where the government is a close U.S. ally – after more than six years of unjust detention and despite at least a degree
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Uyghur Student Held in Coronavirus Quarantine Near Xinjiang Internment Camp

A Uyghur student has been placed in quarantine for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) near an internment camp in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s (XUAR) Atush (in Chinese, Atushi) city, according to an official, amid concerns that conditions in the facilities could lead to a viral outbreak. Miradil Nurahmat, an undergraduate student majoring in kinesiology at Xinjiang Normal University in the XUAR capital Urumqi, was isolated for observation after returning home to Atush in the region’s Kizilsu Kirghiz (Kezileisu Keerkezi)
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Western China Bashing vs. Western Biowarfare?

On 29 January WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that there was no reason to declare the outbreak of the coronavirus 2019-nCoV in China a pandemic risk. On 30 January, he declared the virus an international emergency, but made clear that there was no reason for countries to issue travel-advisories against travelling to China. Let me speculate. The ‘international emergency’ was declared at the request of Washington, and the comment against the travel-advisory was an addition by Dr. Tedros
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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 global concern, with cases confirmed in 25 countries. As of the beginning of February, there have been nearly 35,000 cases
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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Speaks Out For Tibetan Buddhists, Incarcerated Uyghurs

UPDATED at 9:26 A.M. ET on 2020-02-08 U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Thursday offered prayers for Tibetan Buddhists and Uyghur Muslims killed or jailed for exercising their faith in China, calling them among the world’s most persecuted victims of state repression of religion. Speaking at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C., with President Donald Trump sitting nearby, Pelosi drew special attention to the case of Tibet’s Panchen Lama, who disappeared
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China 'may use' coronavirus as cover for Uighur deaths in internment camps

Uighur Muslims with relatives held in Chinese 'concentration camps' say they live in fear the government will pin the deaths of their loved ones on the deadly coronavirus. The families of Uighur Muslims held in internment camps are worried that China will pin their deaths on the fast-spreading coronavirus , which has killed over 560 people and infected tens of thousands, a UK publication revealed in interviews with family members.
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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 had just come to visit me in Australia at the time and we felt utterly tormented as we sat helpless,
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At Least 99 Wuhan Residents in Quarantine in Xinjiang’s Atush City Amid Coronavirus Scare

At least 99 people from the epicenter of China’s deadly novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak are under quarantine at a hotel in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s (XUAR) Atush (in Chinese, Atushi) city, according to officials, where authorities are racing to control the spread of the contagion. On Jan. 23, Chinese state media announced the first confirmed infections in the XUAR—two men who had previously traveled to Wuhan—and by Thursday at least 36 people have been infected, while more than
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China may have built a hospital in ten days, but the country’s rigid efficiency could be its undoing

The communist country is fundamentally lonely, inflexible and led by a coercive state.  On 4 February a new hospital opened in Wuhan, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak in China. Construction on Huoshenshan – “Fire God Mountain” in Chinese – had begun on 24 January. Concrete foundations had been laid, a power supply had been installed and 400 rooms (based on shipping
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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 with a single standard and does not differentiate between them, and the rights are reserved for everyone under the roof
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Atush Roads Fenced Off, Residents Confined to Homes, as Xinjiang Stares Down Virus Advance

Authorities in Atush (in Chinese, Atushi), in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), have fenced off the city's roads, leaving residents confined to their homes and running out of supplies, as they work to control the rapid spread of the deadly novel coronavirus (nCoV), which has been traced back to Hubei province’s Wuhan city. On Jan. 23, Chinese state media announced the first confirmed infections in the XUAR—two men who had previously traveled to Wuhan—and by Tuesday, at
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Families of Kazakhs in Xinjiang's Camps Say Pompeo Promised To Help

The families of ethnic minority Kazakhs detained in China's mass incarceration camps in its northwestern region of Xinjiang across the border from Kazakhstan say the U.S. Secretary of State was "in touch with" Beijing over the plight of their relatives. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Kazakhstan on Sunday to join Washington in pressing Beijing over its treatment of Muslim minorities, a sensitive matter for the Central Asian nation which has close ties with neighboring China. Speaking
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Information Concerning Coronavirus Spread in Xinjiang is ‘State Secret’: Official

Information about the novel coronavirus (nCoV) and how it has spread in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) is a “state secret” and cannot be shared with the public, according to a government employee in the region’s capital Urumqi. On Jan. 23, Chinese state media cited local health authorities in the XUAR as saying that a 47-year-old man identified by the surname Li and a 52-year-old man identified as Gu had been confirmed infected by nCoV. Both had
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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 almost every angle, including from United Nations bodies, international non-governmental organizations, individual activists, human rights defenders, academics and foreign governments.
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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 to mirror the approach, streamlining our operations and deployment to cope with the unprecedented, non-stop demonstrations. Since last June, our
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Uyghurs in Saudi Arabia Flee to Turkey As Chinese Embassy Ends Passport Renewals

Ethnic Uyghurs of Chinese nationality in Saudi Arabia are increasingly seeking asylum in Turkey amid a policy by Beijing to stop renewing their passports, which rights groups say is part of a bid to force them to return home, where they face persecution and detention. Earlier this week, Agence France-Presse reported that the Chinese mission in Saudi Arabia had stopped renewing passports for Uyghurs “more than two years ago,” and were offering instead one-way travel documents suitable only for
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BOOK REVIEW: Kashmir’s Untold Story: Declassified

Prior to writing the book,”Kashmir’s Untold Story: Declassified,” Iqbal Chand Malhotra, a television producer, and Maroof Raza, a former Indian Army officer, completed documentaries on Kashmir for the Discovery and Times Now channels. Both have intimate knowledge of their subject. Each of the well-researched 10 chapters has exhaustive sources listed in the end-notes. The book has a comprehensive index. It will serve the general reader and historians keen to unravel the convoluted story of Kashmir. The book’s sweep from
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Chinese Resilience and Silent, Simple and Steady Resistance: a Model for Mankind

In a positive appeal to the Chinese people last Saturday, President Xi Jinping has called on the nation’s courage to defeat the deadly epidemic which has already claimed more than 80 lives and more than 2,000 infected worldwide, the vast majority in China. These figures are changing fast, as the spread of the epidemic is accelerating. President Xi warned that the situation was serious, but not unsurmountable. “As long as we have steadfast confidence, work together, [rely on] scientific prevention
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More airlines drop flights to China as virus spreads

Author:  Fri, 2020-01-31 00:13 BANGKOK: British Airways halted all flights to China and American Airlines suspended Los Angeles flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing as efforts to contain a new virus intensifies. The coronavirus has now infected more people in China than were sickened in the country by the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003. The number of confirmed cases jumped to 7,711,
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Is China set to play a greater role in Afghanistan?

China sees strategically located Afghanistan as a bridge to help expand connectivity between East, South and Central Asian regions under its trillion dollar Belt and Road initiative. After the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, China is set to emerge as greater player in the war-wracked country whose geostrategic location has been at all time high for Beijing's trillion dollar Belt and Road initiative (BRI). China sees strategically located Afghanistan as a bridge to help expand connectivity between
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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 with SenseTime to convey his deep concern over the alleged use of their technology in mass surveillance operations and ethnic
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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 public anger, evoking memories of the official response to the 2003 SARS crisis that originated in China before killing over
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Tibetan Capital Lhasa Announces First Suspected Coronavirus Infection Case

A suspected case of coronavirus infection has been announced in Tibet’s regional capital Lhasa as shops, hotels, and other public gathering places continue to shut down in the historic city. The suspected carrier, identified only by his surname Zhang, arrived in Lhasa by train on Jan. 24 and is currently medically isolated and under observation, according to a notice on Wednesday by the city’s Municipal Health Committee. “Patient Zhang, a 34-year-old male, comes from Suizhou city in Hubei
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What's really behind Saudi Arabia's inclusion of Chinese as a third language?

The addition of the Chinese language to Saudi curriculums reveals a carefully planned strategic partnership that points beyond linguistic improvement and cross-culturalism. Saudi Arabia has officially implemented Standard Chinese as a third language in the country's schools. The first phase is currently underway and includes lessons taught in a total of eight secondary schools for boys only in three Saudi cities: Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. Part of the comprehensive Saudi Vision 2030 programme , the
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UAE confirms first case of coronavirus to hit the Middle East

Emirati authorities told its citizens not to panic after it confirmed the first case of the deadly Coronavirus to hit the country. The potentially-deadly coronavirus has reached the Middle East, with the  UAE  confirming the first case in the region on Wednesday. Abu Dhabi has confirmed the first case of the deadly coronavirus in the region, saying that doctors were treating a family-of-four that had come from a Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak. The UAE's
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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 cases against top Huawei executives have reportedly been under consideration since 2010 , long before Donald Trump’s election, the
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Confirmed Xinjiang Coronavirus Cases Jump to 10 Amid Concerns of Spread in Internment Camps

A virus traced back to China’s Hubei province has infected 10 people in the country’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where experts warned that poor conditions at internment camps could lead to an epidemic after authorities confirmed the first two cases in the region last week. On Jan. 23, Chinese state media cited local health authorities in the XUAR as saying that a 47-year-old man identified by the surname Li and a 52-year-old man identified as Gu had been
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Trial of Uyghurs Resumes in 2015 Thailand Shrine Bombing Case

Two Uyghur men accused of carrying out a bombing that killed 20 people at a Hindu shrine in Bangkok in 2015 pleaded not guilty Monday, a defense lawyer said, as their trial resumed for the first time since 2017. Adem Karadag (alias Bilal Mohammed) and Yusufu Mieraili were arrested a few weeks after a bomb blast ripped through the Erawan Shrine, which is also considered sacred by Buddhists and is a major tourist attraction. The two defendants, who
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China Detains Hui Muslim Poet Who Spoke Out Against Xinjiang Camps

Authorities in the eastern province of Shandong have detained a Hui Muslim poet and author after he tweeted about the incarceration, surveillance and persecution of Chinese Muslims, both in Xinjiang and across China, RFA has learned. Poet Cui Haoxin—known by his pen name An Ran—was detained by state security police in the provincial capital Jinan on Friday, when families traditionally gather to mark the Lunar New Year. Cui is currently being held under criminal detention on suspicion of
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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 arid region just below the Sahara desert. The region's governments say they are battling a jihadi insurgency. Some groups are
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Death Toll From Wuhan Virus Mounts Amid Warnings of Further Spread

The death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in China climbed to 56 on Sunday, as the ruling Chinese Communist Party continued to shut down public transportation routes to several major cities in a bid to contain the epidemic. Nearly 2,000 cases have now been confirmed in mainland Chinese cities, with five in Hong Kong, seven in Thailand ,and three each in Malaysia and Singapore, according to a map set up by researchers tracking the virus at Johns Hopkins
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Two Uyghur Cadres Jailed Over Failure to Confiscate ‘Illegal Religious Text’

Two Uyghur cadres in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been sentenced to prison over an Islamic book, according to sources, in a case highlighting how even those loyal to the ruling Communist Party can fall prey to Beijing’s policies in the region. A source with ties to Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) prefecture recently told RFA’s Uyghur Service that Sampul township head Ablikim Mettursun and Sampul township United Front Work Department employee Memet’eziz Mettohti had been convicted
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Uyghur Escape in Thailand Draws International Focus on Minority Muslim Group

The futile escape by seven Uyghurs from a detention center in Thailand’s northeastern region earlier this month has highlighted the plight of the dozens from China’s minority ethnic group who fled the restive Xinjiang region to the Southeast Asian nation more than five years ago. The seven were recaptured soon after they broke free from a detention cell in Mukdahan province on Jan. 10 – their second attempted escape – and their action could land them in jail for
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India’s Failed Democracy

Citizenship Denied India is often billed as the world’s biggest democracy. But that title has worn thin: Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is becoming a nationalist state home to Hindus and closed to Muslims. A new citizenship law is exclusionist: It provides a path to citizenship for every religion save Islam, which is practiced by roughly 16 percent of India’s population, or nearly 200 million people. Modi proclaims the law part of the “New India.” Besides
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Conditions Put Xinjiang Internment Camps at Risk as Region Confirms First Coronavirus Cases

Poor sanitation and cramped quarters could lead to an epidemic at internment camps in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), experts said Thursday, as state media confirmed the region’s first two cases of the new coronavirus traced to Hubei province. Chinese state media cited local health authorities in the XUAR as saying that a 47-year-old man identified by the surname Li and a 52-year-old man identified as Gu had been confirmed infected by the novel coronavirus (nCoV) as
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EXCLUSIVE: Human Rights Watch Executive Director warns of 'bloodbath' in Idlib

The New Arab spoke to the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, about the bloodbath in Idlib. Every year, Human Rights Watch  (HRW) releases an annual report surveying the human rights practices and trends in nearly 100 countries. The New Arab sat down with the executive director of Human Rights Watch to mark the release of  World Report 2020, which covered issues such as the situation in Syria's northwestern province
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Ninety-Year-Old Uyghur Imam Confirmed Detained in Xinjiang But Condition Unknown

The elderly Uyghur imam of a mosque in Atush city has been confirmed detained by authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) for “religious extremism,” according to his U.S.-based niece, who said she has been unable to verify whether he is alive or dead. Earlier this month, Maryam Muhammad recorded video testimony as part of a Uyghur archival project based in Norway in which she said she had learned that her nonagenarian uncle Abidin Ayup, who served
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The issue ministers are avoiding when it comes to Huawei

The debate over the Chinese tech giant largely ignores its participation in human rights abuses. As Downing Street nears a decision on the role Huawei will play in building Britain’s 5G network, the US has stepped up its lobbying campaign against the Chinese tech giant. At the centre of Washington’s campaign are concerns about the security of the company’s products, and
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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 movement. The new man in town is Luo Huining, transferred suddenly and without advance notice soon after taking up a
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How CNN Makes Fake News about Xinjiang

A cemetery in Xayar, NW #China ‘s #Xinjiang #Uygur Autonomous Region, has recently become a bone of international contention. #CNN reported that graveyards in the region were being demolished by authorities, highlighting stories such as that of Aziz Isa Elkun, a Uygur poet now residing in London, who had said he couldn’t find his father’s grave on Google Maps. So a crew from CGTN decided to find out if there was any truth to
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