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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UN at 75: Slow Death or a New Direction – Part 1

Let me begin with an appeal to our venerable friend, the UN: get down on the ground with the grandchildren. Just having celebrated its 75th birthday, we can hear your knees creak! The UN, for as long as I have known it up close- since its thirties- has often seemed prematurely old. China with President Xi’s remarkable pledge at September’s
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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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How Trump brought us 11.1% Unemployment, lost Manufacturing Jobs, worsened Trade Deficits and Kowtowed to China

“CBO predicts that between 2016 and 2021, the share of income going to the bottom and middle fifths will fall slightly, while that going to the top fifth grows by 1.2 percentage points, with the majority of that gain (0.9) coming from the top 1 percent.” according to former national security adviser John Bolton’s new book, when Trump met privately
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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.
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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
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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”
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‘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 |

Taiwan economy a weak spot for incumbent Tsai Ing-wen in upcoming election

By Amber Wang and Sean Chang Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen looks set to secure a second term in elections this weekend, but her Achilles heel is an economy that China has squeezed relentlessly in an effort to assert its control over the island’s future. Despite Beijing’s pressure campaign, Tsai can boast a solid economic record, with the lowest
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China took their parents: the Uighur refugee children of Turkey

By Eric Randolph The school on the outskirts of Istanbul is a rare place where Uighur child refugees from China can study their language and culture. But for several, it has also become an impromptu orphanage. Uighur children attend a science lesson in a school of Silivri district in Istanbul on November 29,
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Hundreds of Indonesians hold solidarity rally for Uighurs

Hundreds of Muslims in Indonesia held a protest Friday against China’s treatment of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang in front of China’s embassy in Jakarta. The rally was organised by hardline Islamic group the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) but was attended by members of other Muslim communities under heavy security. Indonesian hardline Muslim group members take part in
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Pastor Wang Yi Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Subversion

Pastor Wang Yi, the founder of the underground Early Rain Covenant Church and staunch critic of Xi Jinping’s heavy-handed policies, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for “subversion of state power” and illegal business operations . Wang was one of over 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant detained in Chengdu last December as part
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China jails Protestant pastor Wang Yi for 9 years for ‘inciting’ subversion

by Jing Xuan Teng China on Monday jailed the leader of an unofficial Protestant church for nine years for “incitement to subvert state power”. Pastor Wang Yi, whose Early Rain Covenant Church was the target of a government crackdown last year, was also found guilty of “illegal business operation” by a court in Chengdu, southwest China,
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China jails Protestant pastor for 9 years for ‘inciting’ subversion

China on Monday jailed the leader of an unofficial Protestant church for nine years for “incitement to subvert state power”. Pastor Wang Yi, whose Early Rain Covenant Church was the target of a government crackdown last year, was also found guilty of “illegal business operation” by a court in Chengdu, southwest China, according to an announcement on an official court
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CDT Editors’ Picks: The Best of 2019

The editors at CDT have made their annual selections of their favorite posts, from CDT and elsewhere around the web, over the past year. Dong Ge (Executive Editor, CDT Chinese) : CDS 档案 | “辱华节目”全球连晒(连载一): 不可言说之辱—— “维尼”那些事儿 “Hurting the feelings of the Chinese people “or “insulting Chinese people” has been an effective weapon used by the
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Reasons to be fearful – the international news review of 2019

This year world leaders struggled to manage the fallout from the erratic tenant in the White House – as China flexed its imperial muscles. We look back at the events that created the most turbulence Click here for 2019’s reasons to be cheerful A year of high anxiety was rendered more alarming by intensifying clashes of
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Arrest at Uighur solidarity demo in Hong Kong, as riot police point pistol at protesters

Riot police pointed a pistol at protesters during a Uighur solidarity demonstration in Central on Sunday. Officers clashed with onlookers after arresting a protester who removed a Chinese national flag outside City Hall. Police also reportedly fired at least two rubber bullets on a nearby footbridge connected to the IFC shopping mall. Photo: Apple Daily.
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Saudi Arabia, Pakistan snub Malaysia’s Muslim summit

Leaders from many Islamic nations including Turkey and Iran gathered in Malaysia on Wednesday to tackle issues that have agitated Muslims worldwide, but the summit was snubbed by Saudi Arabia and its close ally Pakistan. At a welcome dinner, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said the Kuala Lumpur Summit would aim to “do something” to improve the lives of
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Zooming Out on Chinese Surveillance Technology

The array of surveillance technologies being deployed across China has been receiving widespread attention . At The New York Times this week, Paul Mozur and Aaron Krolik looked at how these surveillance tools are being combined in an overall system more intrusive and effective than the sum of its sometimes relatively crude parts. The
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Jailed Uighur Ilham Tohti’s daughter accepts EU top rights prize on behalf of father

By Marie Julien The daughter of jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti received the EU’s top rights prize on his behalf Wednesday, saying she did not even know if he was still alive. Jewher Ilham said she hoped the award of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize would help her father, sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 […] The post Jailed
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Muslim leaders gather in Malaysia for summit shunned by Saudi

Leaders and senior representatives from some 20 Muslim nations flocked to the Malaysian capital on Wednesday to discuss issues agitating Muslims globally at a summit Saudi Arabia decided to snub, and Pakistan ducked out of attending. No agenda for the Kuala Lumpur Summit has been released, but it could address age-old disputes in Kashmir and the Middle East, the
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US denounces China for heavy-handed response to Arsenal player Ozil’s Uighur comments

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday denounced China for its heavy-handed actions against Arsenal over footballer Mesut Ozil’s support for incarcerated Uighurs, saying Beijing could not hide reality. Arsenal distanced itself from Ozil but Beijing dropped state television broadcasts of the English Premier League club’s Sunday match – a move that could have major commercial […] The post US
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Malaysia to host major summit of Muslim leaders

Malaysia will this week host a summit of Muslim leaders billed as a forum to look at the Islamic world’s problems, but it will be closely watched for Middle East power plays and their stance on China’s Uighur minority. Leaders from Iran, Turkey, and Qatar will be among hundreds of delegates attending the three-day event set to discuss myriad challenges
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Chinese Soccer Fans Burn Arsenal Shirts After Player Highlights Situation in Xinjiang

Last week on Instagram, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil posted a poem in Turkish criticizing the treatment that Muslim Uyghurs have been facing in Xinjiang with the East Turkestan flag—the current symbol of the Xinjiang independence movement—as the background. At The Guardian, Nick Ames reports on Mesut Özil’s post, and notes that the football club, which is very
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China says Arsenal footballer Ozil ‘deceived by fake news’ on Uighurs

By Peter Stebbings China said on Monday that Arsenal footballer Mesut Ozil was “deceived by fake news” after he posted criticism of Beijing’s treatment of its Uighur minority, and urged him to visit Xinjiang to see for himself. Ozil, a German national of Turkish origin, condemned China’s crackdown on Muslim minorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang […] The post China
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Chinese state broadcaster pulls Arsenal match over player’s Uighur comments

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has pulled a game between Arsenal and Manchester City from its programme after the Gunners midfielder Mesut Ozil expressed support for Uighurs in Xinjiang. Ozil, a German of Turkish origin, condemned China’s crackdown on Muslim minorities in the western region in a tweet on Friday, while criticizing Muslim countries for failing to […] The post Chinese
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