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    End the Uigar genocide and concentration camps in China.

    A genocide is taking place- the likes of which have not been seen since 1945. Marginalized groups in China are being systematically concentrated in camps where they are 're-educated', sterilised and have had their organs harvested. This is not hyperbole, this is the hard truth. Millions of Uigar Muslims are being targeted by this regime.
    A senior British lawyer has stated that many of the over 1.5 million people in Chinese concentration camps have been murdered for this global organ trade worth billions of dollars.
    This must stop imminently, achieving this will require media attention, government policy and public support. Support this petition to spread awareness and get the attention of those with power and influence.

    Sign petition at: n&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_shar e_ abi&utm_term=tap_basic_share&recruited_by_id=e3e07 a10-5007-11e4-99a9-818bdc71133c


    FYI: China cuts Uighur births with IUDs, abortion, sterilization:

    Multinational companies are calling out injustice everywhere—except in China:

    China is harvesting thousands of human organs from its Uighur Muslim minority, UN human-rights body hears:

  • #2

    Petition Impose sanctions on China over its treatment of Uyghur Muslims

    The UK Government plans to introduce “Magnitsky law”, a law which targets people who commit gross human rights violations. Through this law or alternative means, this petition urges the UK Government to impose sanctions on China for their human rights violations on the Uyghur people.

    More details
    Since 2017, there have been many reports of the “cultural genocide” of Uyghur Muslims, a minority Turkic ethnic group native to Xinjiang, China. They are subject to mass detention, mass surveillance, restriction of religious and cultural identities, as well as other gross human rights abuses. Over a million Uyghurs have been forced into "re-education" camps.
    In front of the United Nations in October 2019, pressure was placed on China regarding the treatment of Uyghurs during a joint statement from 23 countries. Despite this statement and growing public awareness, nothing substantial or concrete has been done to resolve the crisis and help the Uyghur people.

    Sign this petition
    44,527 signatures


    • #3
      Video at link...

      China's ambassador challenged on treatment of Uighurs

      China's ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, has denied reports that China is carrying out a programme of sterilisation of Uighur women in the western Xinjiang region.



      • #4

        'Virtually entire' fashion industry complicit in Uighur forced labour, say rights groups

        Human rights coalition says cotton produced in camps in Xinjiang region finds its way into one in five cotton products worldwide

        Many of the world’s biggest fashion brands and retailers are complicit in the forced labour and human rights violations being perpetrated on millions of Uighur people in the Xinjiang region of northwestern China, says a coalition of more than 180 human rights groups.

        There is mounting global outrage over the atrocities being committed against the Uighur population in the region, including torture, forced separation and the compulsory sterilisation of Uighur women.



        • #5

          China Uighurs: A model's video gives a rare glimpse inside internment

          By John SudworthBBC News
          • 4 August 2020


          • #6
            Another denial and a warning against rumors from the director of China's foreign relations....

            Are Uyghur women in Xinjiang subjected to "compulsory sterilization"? Hua Chunying responded

            September 02, 2020 21:17 Ministry of Foreign Affairs website


             Some media revealed that some people in the U.S. are planning to label Xinjiang Uyghurs as "genocide" or even "ethnic cleansing." As I just said, the Uyghur population in Xinjiang increased from 5.55 million to 12.71 million. The increase is clear.

             I must also point out that the material used by some foreign anti-China forces to smear and attack China's Xinjiang policy basically comes from a so-called German "scholar" Zheng Guoen.
            The media has repeatedly disclosed that Zheng Guoen is actually the backbone of the "Xinjiang Education and Training Center Research Group" set up under the control of the US intelligence agency. He makes a living by concocting Xinjiang-related rumors and slandering China. He quoted some data with ulterior motives, and invited several "actors" to take turns on stage to act as so-called witnesses according to his forged "scripts" and "lines". His act of spreading rumors and slander is very disgusting and should be severely punished and sanctioned by the law. Regarding the Uyghur population issue you mentioned, the Xinjiang Autonomous Region government held a special press conference recently. I suggest you read it carefully.




            • #7

              China Secretly Built A Vast New Infrastructure To Imprison Muslims
              Built To Last
              A BuzzFeed News investigation based on thousands of satellite images reveals a vast, growing infrastructure for long-term detention and incarceration.
              Megha Rajagopalan BuzzFeed News Reporter
              Alison Killing BuzzFeed Contributor
              Christo Buschek BuzzFeed Contributor
              Posted on August 27, 2020, at 6:00 a.m. ET

              This is Part 1 of a BuzzFeed News investigation. For Part 2, click here.
              This project was supported by the Open Technology Fund, the Pulitzer Center, and the Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism.

              China has secretly built scores of massive new prison and internment camps in the past three years, dramatically escalating its campaign against Muslim minorities even as it publicly claimed the detainees had all been set free. The construction of these purpose-built, high-security camps — some capable of housing tens of thousands of people — signals a radical shift away from the country’s previous makeshift use of public buildings, like schools and retirement homes, to a vast and permanent infrastructure for mass detention.

              In the most extensive investigation of China’s internment camp system ever done using publicly available satellite images, coupled with dozens of interviews with former detainees, BuzzFeed News identified more than 260 structures built since 2017 and bearing the hallmarks of fortified detention compounds. There is at least one in nearly every county in the far-west region of Xinjiang. During that time, the investigation shows, China has established a sprawling system to detain and incarcerate hundreds of thousands of Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities, in what is already the largest-scale detention of ethnic and religious minorities since World War II.

              These forbidding facilities — including several built or significantly expanded within the last year — are part of the government’s unprecedented campaign of mass detention of more than a million people, which began in late 2016. That year Chen Quanguo, the region’s top official and Communist Party boss, whom the US recently sanctioned over human rights abuses, also put Muslim minorities — more than half the region’s population of about 25 million — under perpetual surveillance via facial recognition cameras, cellphone tracking, checkpoints, and heavy-handed human policing. They are also subject to many other abuses, ranging from sterilization to forced labor.

              To detain thousands of people in short order, the government repurposed old schools and other buildings. Then, as the number of detainees swelled, in 2018 the government began building new facilities with far greater security measures and more permanent architectural features, such as heavy concrete walls and guard towers, the BuzzFeed News analysis shows. Prisons often take years to build, but some of these new compounds took less than six months, according to historical satellite data. The government has also added more factories within camp and prison compounds during that time, suggesting the expansion of forced labor within the region. Construction was still ongoing as of this month...


              • #8

                China shut down, demolished major shrines in Xinjiang to wipe out Uighur Muslims: Report
                Updated Sep 26, 2020 | 09:27 IST

                Xinjiang: Continuing its attempt to wipe out the Uighur ethnic community, China in recent years have closed and demolished many major shrines, mosques and other holy structures across Xinjiang that have long preserved the culture and Islamic beliefs of the region's Muslims, according to The New York Times.

                Citing a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), The New York Times reported that around 8,500 mosques across Xinjiang have been completely demolished since 2017 – more than a third of the number of mosques the government says are in the region.

                "What it does show is a campaign of demolition and erasure that is unprecedented since the cultural revolution," Nathan Ruser, the researcher at the institute who led the analysis, was quoted as saying.

                Under Mao Zedong, several mosques and other religious sites were destroyed since 1966. ASPI's report is based on a random sample of 533 known mosque sites across Xinjiang, and satellite images of each site that were taken at different times to assess changes.

                Meanwhile, the Beijing government has dismissed the reports on the widespread demolition of religious sites in Xinjiang and termed it as "total nonsense".

                According to China, the ASPI's report is biased as the institute is being funded by the US government...


                • #9

                  Black gold’
                  How global demand for hair products is linked to forced labor in Xinjiang
                  By Rebecca Wright, Ivan Watson and Isaac Yee, CNN

                  For the past decade, Mikayla Lowe Davis has been braiding and styling hair for her customers.

                  “The first thing people see a lot of times is our hair,” she says. “We have to represent our crown and be confident with wearing it.”

                  The 29-year-old stylist, who owns Mikki Styles Salon, is braiding in synthetic hair to the head of a customer in Arlington, Texas, a process which takes several hours and costs upwards of $115.

                  “It helps them to become more empowered,” Lowe Davis says of her customers. “It gives them confidence when they can see how beautiful they are, how beautiful their hair is.”

                  Lowe Davis has a degree in biology, but the creative side of the hair industry drew her in. She sources products at beauty supply stores -- a fixture of many African American communities.

                  “Black women spend so much money on hair care products,” says Frankesha Watkins, an MBA-educated entrepreneur who owns the BPolished Beauty Supply store in Arlington. “I learned that from this pandemic, no matter what's going on, people want their hair to be nice.”

                  In fact, the business of hair extensions is booming, according to Tiffany Gill, associate professor of history at Rutgers University and author of the book “Beauty Shop Politics.” The Black hair care market in the United States was estimated to be worth more than $2.5 billion in 2018 by research company Mintel, and globally, the commodity of human hair is known as “black gold” -- due to the continued rise in its value. The majority of hair products come from Asia, mostly China.

                  Now, some of the Chinese factories supplying thousands of kilograms of hair to the American market are under scrutiny by the United States government, which is alleging the use of forced labor in the country’s far western region of Xinjiang -- where rights groups say up to 2 million Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities have been detained in internment camps since 2016. Beijing has called the camps “vocational training centers” and says the expansion of factory jobs campaigners have linked to the camps is part of a “poverty alleviation” program...


                • #10

                  Orphaned by the state
                  How Xinjiang’s gulag tears families apart
                  So many parents have been locked up that officials struggle to cope with the left-behind children
                  Oct 17th 2020 edition

                  FOR ZUMRAT DAWUT’s three children, Fridays were terrifying. That was the day when officials would question students at their schools in Urumqi, the regional capital of Xinjiang in China’s far west. The interrogators were looking for clues about their lives at home. They wanted to know whether parents prayed or used Islamic greetings at home, or talked to the children about the prophet Muhammad. The information they gleaned could result in a family member being sent to a “vocational training centre”, the government’s euphemism for a camp in Xinjiang’s new gulag.

                  As Ms Dawut describes it, ethnic Uyghurs like her were under constant watch. Her children suffered the effects as much as their parents...


                  • #11

                    China destroys domes of famous mosques as cultural whitewash continues
                    •October 31, 2020

                    China’s campaign to suppress Islam is accelerating as authorities remove Arab-style onion domes and decorative elements from mosques across the country.

                    Stark changes have been observed at the main mosque in Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia province, where most of China’s Hui ethnic Muslim minority live.

                    The bright green onion-shaped domes and golden minarets that used to soar into the sky atop Nanguan Mosque have all been pulled down. Golden Islamic-style filigree, decorative arches, and Arabic script that before adorned the mosque have also been stripped away...


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                      • #13
                        Bob Rae calls on UN to investigate evidence of genocide against China's Uighur minority - CBC News

                        Raisa Patel, Rosemary Barton ? CBC News
                        Posted: Nov 15, 2020 1:59 PM ET | Last Updated: 1 hour ago

                        Canada's ambassador to the United Nations says he's called on the organization's Human Rights Council to investigate whether China's persecution of Uighurs in Xinjiang province should be considered an act of genocide.

                        "There's no question that there's aspects of what the Chinese are doing that fits into the definition of genocide in the genocide convention," Bob Rae told CBC Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary Barton. "But that then requires you to go through a process of gathering information and of making sure that we've got the evidence that would support that kind of an allegation."

                        ... Rae, who previously served as Canada's special envoy to Myanmar, said Canada cannot turn a blind eye to the plight facing China's Uighur population.

                        "But as I've learned in my work on the Rohingya, there's a big difference between information and evidence. And what we have to do now is see how we can gather evidence in order to carry out further steps, according to the genocide convention ...



                        • #14

                          Uighur detentions in China 'turbocharged' by technology
                          Leaked police data showed thousands of Uighur people were arbitrarily selected for arrest via a computer program, a Human Rights Watch report has found.
                          Date 09.12.2020

                          Ethnic Uighurs in China's Xinjiang were "arbitrarily" selected for arrest by a computer program that flagged suspicious behavior, Human Rights Watch (HRW) wrote in a report detailing an expansive data collection project.

                          HRW said leaked police data, which listed over 2,000 detainees from the Aksu prefecture, offered further evidence of "how China's brutal repression of Xinjiang's Turkic Muslims is being turbocharged by technology."...


                          • #15
                            China’s ‘tainted’ cotton
                            By John Sudworth

                            China is forcing hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other minorities into hard, manual labour in the vast cotton fields of its western region of Xinjiang, according to new research seen by the BBC.

                            Based on newly discovered online documents, it provides the first clear picture of the potential scale of forced labour in the picking of a crop that accounts for a fifth of the world’s cotton supply and is used widely throughout the global fashion industry...

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