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  • #31
    Source: https://www.propublica.org/article/h...rs-in-xinjiang


    How China Spreads Its Propaganda Version of Life for Uyghurs
    by Jeff Kao, ProPublica, and Raymond Zhong, Paul Mozur and Aaron Krolik, The New York Times
    June 23, 5 a.m. EDT

    Thousands of videos of Uyghurs denying abuses against their community are showing up on Twitter and YouTube. They’re part of an elaborate influence campaign by Chinese officials to counter reports of human rights violations in Xinjiang.

    Recently, the owner of a small store in western China came across some remarks by Mike Pompeo, the former U.S. secretary of state. What he heard made him angry.

    A worker in a textile company had the same reaction. So did a retiree in her 80s. And a taxi driver.

    Pompeo had routinely accused China of committing human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region, and these four people made videos to express their outrage. They did so in oddly similar ways.

    “Pompeo said that we Uyghurs are locked up and have no freedom,” the store owner said.

    “There’s nothing like that at all in our Xinjiang,” said the taxi driver.

    “We are very free,” the retiree said.

    “We are very free now,” the store owner said.

    “We are very, very free here,” the taxi driver said.

    “Our lives are very happy and very free now,” the textile company worker said.

    These and thousands of other videos are meant to look like unfiltered glimpses of life in Xinjiang, the western Chinese region where the Communist Party has carried out repressive policies against Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities.
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    Most of the clips carry no logos or other signs that they are official propaganda.

    But taken together, the videos begin to reveal clues of broader coordination — such as the English subtitles in clips posted to YouTube and other Western platforms...

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    • #32
      Source: https://threader.app/thread/1407724988971560962

      Thread by Paul Mozur June 23, 2021

      How do you deny genocide accusations today? An online influence campaign of course.Our breakdown of the anatomy Chinese propaganda campaigns, which now flow fast and at large scale from China to the global internet. This is likely just the beginning. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...ropaganda.html
      In recent months thousands of testimonials from inside Xinjiang purporting to show Uyghurs living happily were blasted across the global internet...

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      • #33

        Source: https://apnews.com/article/china-dub...ebd5f1d3bb3330

        Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai, holds Uyghurs
        By The Associated Presstoday

        A young Chinese woman says she was held for eight days at a Chinese-run secret detention facility in Dubai along with at least two Uyghurs, in what may be the first evidence that China is operating a so-called “black site” beyond its borders.

        The woman, 26-year-old Wu Huan, was on the run to avoid extradition back to China because her fiancé was considered a Chinese dissident. Wu told The Associated Press she was abducted from a hotel in Dubai and detained by Chinese officials at a villa converted into a jail, where she saw or heard two other prisoners, both Uyghurs.

        She was questioned and threatened in Chinese and forced to sign legal documents incriminating her fiancé for harassing her, she said. She was finally released on June 8 and is now seeking asylum in the Netherlands.

        While “black sites” are common in China, Wu’s account is the only testimony known to experts that Beijing has set one up in another country. Such a site would reflect how China is increasingly using its international clout to detain or bring back citizens it wants from overseas, whether they are dissidents, corruption suspects or ethnic minorities like the Uyghurs.

        The AP was unable to confirm or disprove Wu’s account independently, and she could not pinpoint the exact location of the black site. However, reporters have seen and heard corroborating evidence including stamps in her passport, a phone recording of a Chinese official asking her questions and text messages that she sent from jail to a pastor helping the couple...

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        • #34
          Source: https://www.the-sun.com/news/3719374...uslims-report/

          HIDDEN HORRORS China carrying out Nazi-style experiments on Muslims with organs cut out & mystery injections, chilling report claims
          Patrick Knox
          12:02 ET, Sep 23 2021Updated: 14:52 ET, Sep 23 2021

          CHINA is carrying out barbaric medical experiments on Uighur Muslims in a chilling echo of cruel research by Nazi doctors, campaigners have claimed.

          Inmates in the Communist regime’s network of "re-education camps" are allegedly being given mysterious pills, injections and even having organs removed while still alive.

          Nazi doctors conducted inhumane experiments on Jews and other persecuted minorities in concentration camps which shocked the world when it was exposed at the end of World War 2.

          But it is alleged a similar sinister practice is going on today on Uighurs and other political prisoners who are rounded up and bussed to camps in China.

          According to Western estimates, between one million and two million people northwestern province of Xinjiang have been incarcerated at these facilities during Beijing's campaign of oppression.

          An Amnesty International report reveals claims from former prisoners that they have been subjected to medical experiments without consent are being carried out - just like under the Nazis.

          Sacha Deshmukh, Amnesty International UK's CEO, told The Sun Online: "The treatment to which the Uighur people are being subjected in Xinjiang camps is nothing short of horrifying.

          "We know there’s widespread belief among detainees that forced sterilisation is being practised on them, and we have concerns about other forms of medical experimentation without consent too...

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          Source: https://english.alaraby.co.uk/featur...ural-landscape

          The invisible demolition: China's reshaping of the cultural landscape in Uighur heartlands
          Ruth Ingram
          23 September, 2021
          Through its systematic attempt to silence and eliminate Uighur cultural identity in the Xinjiang province, China has been embarking upon projects that criminalise Uighur activities in order to cleanse the Muslim minority of its particularism.


          The Chinese government's relentless advance on the Uighur heartland is set to engulf not only its language but radically reshape every cultural and social marker of its indigenous people.

          In four short years since Xi Jinping tightened his grip on the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, (XUAR) hundreds of academics, poets and musicians have been interned or simply disappeared, the Uighur language has been sidelined, and the cultural and religious landscape systematically re-written, dismantled or repurposed.

          A landmark forum of international academics, activists and politicians gathered recently at the UK's Newcastle University, home of recently CCP-sanctioned Xinjiang academic Professor Jo Smith Finlay, to highlight the abuses meted out on the Uighurs and to assess evidence of genocide on the Turkic peoples of North-West China.

          Suspicions that the Chinese government is intent on cutting a swathe through Uighur cultural heritage were raised by prominent experts in the field; ASPI (Australian Social Policy Institute) researcher Nathan Ruser, Uighur Manchester academic Ablimit Baki Eltrish and Jo Smith Finlay from Newcastle, whose findings are consistent with orders from the top to break the roots and lineage of Uighurs in Xinjiang.

          Using satellite imagery, Ruser's team estimates that despite CCP denials, approximately 16,000 mosques in Xinjiang (65 percent of the total) have been destroyed or damaged since 2017.

          Under the new Xinjiang provincial governor Chen Quanguo, who took office in 2016 after his tour in Tibet, they calculate an estimated 8,500 have been demolished outright, leaving vacant plots, and a further 30 percent of important Islamic sacred sites (shrines, cemeteries and pilgrimage routes, including many protected under Chinese law) have been razed. An additional 28 percent have also been damaged or altered in some way...

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