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  • Shiloh

    16 hours ago - World
    Exclusive: Marriott refused to host Uyghur conference, citing "political neutrality"
    Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Dave Lawler

    The Marriott hotel in Prague declined to host a conference of activists and leaders from China's Uyghur diaspora this month, citing "political neutrality," an email shared with Axios shows.

    Why it matters: The Chinese government has condemned the World Uyghur Congress, which has attempted to rally global attention to the genocide in Xinjiang, China. The decision to reject the conference reflects China's growing ability to extend authoritarian control beyond its borders by making clear to corporations that crossing the party's red lines will be bad for business.

    The World Uyghur Congress consists mainly of Uyghurs living in exile and advocates for the rights of those who remain in the Xinjiang region in western China, where upwards of one million people have been held in internment camps.
    About 200 delegates from 25 countries gathered in Prague from Nov. 12-14 to elect the organization's new leadership and hold discussions with politicians, academics and civil society representatives from around the world. The Prague Marriott Hotel declined to host the conference.
    Melissa Froehlich Flood, Marriott's senior vice president for global corporate communications, told Axios the hotel would be "contacting the group to apologize, as the hotel's response was not consistent with our policies."

    How it happened: Working with local partners in Prague, organizers for the conference reached out to several hotels for quotes, Zumretay Arkin, the Munich-based program and advocacy manager for the World Uyghur Congress tells Axios. The group then sent a representative to visit the Marriott....

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  • Shiloh

    China is removing domes from mosques as part of a push to make them more 'Chinese'
    October 24, 20217:02 AM
    Emily Feng

    XINING, China — The Dongguan Mosque has adopted some very different looks in its nearly 700 years in China's northwestern city of Xining. Built in the style of a Chinese imperial palace, with tiled roofs and no domes, and adorned with Buddhist symbols, the mosque was nearly destroyed by neglect during political tumult in the early 20th century. In the 1990s, authorities replaced the original ceramic tiles on the roof and minarets with green domes.

    This year, provincial authorities lopped off those domes.

    "The government says they want us to 'sinify' our mosques, so they look more like Beijing's Tiananmen Square," says Ali, a Muslim farmer selling pomegranates outside the mosque. He requested that NPR use only his first name because residents have been ordered not to speak about the dome removals. "I think the mosque looks good either way, but what say do we have anyways?"

    China is removing the domes and minarets from thousands of mosques across the country. Authorities say the domes are evidence of foreign religious influence and are taking down overtly Islamic architecture as part of a push to sinicize historically Muslim ethnic groups — to make them more traditionally Chinese...

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  • Shiloh

    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...



    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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  • Shiloh


    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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  • Shiloh

    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.
    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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  • Shiloh

    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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  • Shiloh

    Uyghurs are being deported from Muslim countries, raising concerns about China's growing reach
    By Jomana Karadsheh and Gul Tuysuz, CNN
    Updated 1:01 AM ET, Tue June 8, 2021

    Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)Amannisa Abdullah and her husband, Ahmad Talip, were on their way to shop for baby clothes in Dubai, when the message that changed both their lives came through. Ahmad read it and announced an abrupt change of plan: He had to report to a police station immediately.
    Ahmad dropped Amannisa off at a friend's house that day in February 2018, promising to pick her up later. He never came back.
    In their Dubai apartment, a sleepless Amannisa prayed and cried through the night, watching the hours pass as her repeated calls to Ahmad went unanswered.
    The next morning, the heavily pregnant 29-year-old shuffled out of the door, hugging her 5-year-old son close. They hailed a taxi to the police station where she tried to explain her predicament to a police officer.
    As she spoke, her little boy tugged at her hand. Quietly, he pointed towards a jail cell where Ahmad was sitting.
    For 13 days, Amannisa shuttled back and forth between her home and the jail, pleading with law enforcement officials to release Ahmad.
    With each visit, her husband looked more dejected. He told her he was convinced that the long reach of China had reached his Uyghur family in the United Arab Emirates.
    "It's not safe here. You must take our boy and [go] to Turkey," he told Amannisa in their last conversation. "If our new baby is a girl, please name her Amina. If he's a boy, name him Abdullah."
    A week later, Ahmad was sent to the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi. Five days later, Amannisa said, Abu Dhabi authorities told her that he had been extradited to China.
    Their daughter, Amina, was born a month later in Turkey. She has never met her father...

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  • Shiloh

    April 19, 2021 4:50PM EDT
    | News Release
    China: Crimes Against Humanity in Xinjiang
    Mass Detention, Torture, Cultural Persecution of Uyghurs, Other Turkic Muslims

    (New York) ? The Chinese government is committing crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the northwest region of Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Chinese leadership is responsible for widespread and systematic policies of mass detention, torture, and cultural persecution, among other offenses. Coordinated international action is needed to sanction those responsible, advance accountability, and press the Chinese government to reverse course.

    The 53-page report, ??Break Their Lineage, Break Their Roots?: China?s Crimes against Humanity Targeting Uyghurs and Other Turkic Muslims,? authored with assistance from Stanford Law School?s Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Clinic, draws on newly available information from Chinese government documents, human rights groups, the media, and scholars to assess Chinese government actions in Xinjiang within the international legal framework. The report identified a range of abuses against Turkic Muslims that amount to offenses committed as part of a widespread and systematic attack directed against a population: mass arbitrary detention, torture, enforced disappearances, mass surveillance, cultural and religious erasure, separation of families, forced returns to China, forced labor, and sexual violence and violations of reproductive rights...



    This Manitoba couple lived in Xinjiang for 10 years. They can no longer stay silent about what they saw
    By Joanna ChiuVancouver Bureau
    Jeremy NuttallVancouver Bureau
    Wed., April 21, 2021timer6 min. read
    updateArticle was updated 2 hrs ago

    VANCOUVER?The two Canadians were walking down a sidewalk in their neighbourhood in Turpan, a city in China?s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, when everyone seemed to freeze.

    A Uyghur man had accidentally tripped over a police officer?s foot.

    The man, who was in his 30s, grimaced and looked stricken about the misstep. The officer flew into a rage and grabbed the man around his neck with two hands, dragging him to one of the many police stations at every major intersection.

    No one dared look.

    All around the street, everyone averted their eyes, and some even plastered a smile on their faces.

    ?People were pretending not to see. Everyone acted calm, because nobody wanted to be noticed by police, too,? Andrea Dyck recalled of the 2017 incident.

    Andrea and her husband Gary, who are both from small towns in Manitoba, had lived in Xinjiang for almost 10 years by that point. They were fluent in Uyghur and Mandarin, and their social group was made up of mostly Uyghur families and ?ordinary office workers.?

    After stints with poverty alleviation NGOs in Central Asia, the couple had set up a social enterprise in Turpan that processed agricultural waste and sold compost to local farmers.

    They are now speaking out about the horrors they witnessed, when around them, an estimated million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities were forcibly taken to internment camps for ?re-education.? ...

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  • sharon sanders
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  • Emily

    BBC Reporter Leaves China, Says 'Too Risky To Carry On'
    By AFP News
    03/31/21 AT 12:59 PM

    A senior BBC correspondent said Wednesday he had left China for Taiwan, after facing legal threats and pressure from authorities over his reporting on Xinjiang rights abuses and the coronavirus pandemic.

    John Sudworth told BBC Radio 4 in an interview that he had relocated to Taiwan after nine years in Beijing as it was "too risky to carry on".

    Threats from Chinese authorities had "intensified" in recent months, he added...

    Press freedom groups say the space for foreign reporters to operate in China is increasingly tightly controlled, with journalists followed on the streets, suffering harassment online and refused visas.

    "The BBC has faced a full-on propaganda attack not just aimed at the organisation itself but at me personally across multiple Communist Party-controlled platforms," said Sudworth, who will continue to work as China correspondent from Taiwan.

    "We face threats of legal action, as well as massive surveillance now, obstruction and intimidation, whenever and wherever we try to film," he added, reporting that he and his family had been "followed by plainclothes police" as they left to fly out of China.

    Sudworth's wife, Irish journalist Yvonne Murray, left the country with him "because of mounting pressure from the Chinese authorities", her employer RTE reported...

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  • sharon sanders
    Apparently China's rulers do not understand human rights. Rulers who think sticking a swab up the asses of 1,000 children and staff at a school because of one case of COVID-19 is ok, then well....there is no talking to them about human rights. And....none of those 1,000 were positive.

    The fact is the China rulers can barely hold onto the control of their population. 1.4 billion people is a lot of mouths to feed.
    Last edited by sharon sanders; March 27, 2021, 04:46 AM. Reason: typo

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  • sharon sanders

    Uighurs: China bans UK MPs after abuse sanctions

    China has imposed sanctions on nine UK citizens - including five MPs - for spreading what it called "lies and disinformation" about the country.

    The group are among the most vocal critics of China in the UK.

    It comes in retaliation for measures taken by the UK government on Monday over human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority group.

    Boris Johnson said those sanctioned were "shining a light" on "gross human rights violations".

    "Freedom to speak out in opposition to abuse is fundamental and I stand firmly with them," the prime minister said in a tweet.


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  • Shiloh

    China squeezes Western brands as Xinjiang backlash builds
    14 hrs ago

    China on Thursday launched a PR war on Western brands critical of rights abuses against Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang, with celebrities severing ties to Nike and Adidas, H&M facing a boycott and Burberry dumped from a deal with a gaming giant.

    At least one million Uyghurs and people from other mostly Muslim groups have been held in camps in the region, according to right groups, where authorities are also accused of forcibly sterilising women and imposing forced labour.

    It is one of the world's top cotton-producing areas feeding many Western garment brands with textiles. But several firms have tried to put distance between their brands and Xinjiang cotton producers since the allegations emerged.

    That has enraged China, which denies any abuses, insisting labour camps are in fact training programmes and work schemes that have helped stamp out extremism and raise incomes.

    On Thursday celebrities, tech brands and state media -- aided by outrage on China's tightly-controlled social media -- piled in on several global fashion brands, as China's vast consumer market was mobilised against critics of Beijing's actions in Xinjiang...

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  • Shiloh

    Canada sanctions 4 Chinese officials for human rights abuses in Xinjiang
    Co-ordinated effort with U.S. and other allies comes one month after MPs accused China of 'genocide'
    Ryan Patrick Jones ? CBC News ? Posted: Mar 22, 2021 3:49 PM ET | Last Updated: 29 minutes ago

    Canada joined the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union today in placing sanctions on Chinese officials suspected of involvement in a years-long campaign of persecution against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China's western Xinjiang province.

    In a statement announcing the sanctions, Global Affairs Canada accused the four high-ranking officials of participating in human rights violations in Xinjiang.

    The statement said mounting evidence shows the Chinese state is responsible for arbitrarily imprisoning more than one million people on the basis of their religion and ethnicity, and for subjecting them to "political re-education, forced labour, torture and forced sterilization."

    China has denied all reports of human rights abuses in the region, claiming that the camps are vocational training centres needed to fight extremism.

    "These measure reflect our grave concern with the gross and systematic rights abuses taking place in the region," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at an unrelated event in Quebec.

    "We will continue to work closely with our international partners to pursue accountability and transparency."

    The sanctions freeze any assets the officials have in Canada. They also ban them from travelling to Canada and Canadian citizens and businesses from providing them with financial services.

    The four officials Canada is targeting are:

    Chen Mingguo, director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau.
    Wang Mingshan, secretary of the political and legal affairs committee in Xinjiang and former director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau.
    Zhu Hailun, former deputy party secretary of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
    Wang Junzheng, secretary of the party committee of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.

    Canada also announced sanctions against the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Public Security Bureau, a state-run organization responsible for security and policing.

    Unified approach

    Britain and the European Union announced sanctions on the same four officials earlier in the day...

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  • Shiloh

    First independent report into Xinjiang genocide allegations claims evidence of Beijing's 'intent to destroy' Uyghur people
    By Ben Westcott and Rebecca Wright, CNN
    Updated 1:34 AM ET, Tue March 9, 2021

    Hong Kong (CNN)The Chinese government's alleged actions in Xinjiang have violated every single provision in the United Nations' Genocide Convention, according to an independent report by more than 50 global experts in human rights, war crimes and international law.

    The report, released Tuesday by the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy think tank in Washington DC, claimed the Chinese government "bears state responsibility for an ongoing genocide against the Uyghur in breach of the (UN) Genocide Convention."
    It is the first time a non-governmental organization has undertaken an independent legal analysis of the accusations of genocide in Xinjiang, including what responsibility Beijing may bear for the alleged crimes. An advance copy of the report was seen exclusively by CNN.

    Up to 2 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities are believed to have been placed in a sprawling network of detention centers across the region, according to the US State Department, where former detainees allege they were subjected to indoctrination, sexually abused and even forcibly sterilized. China denies allegations of human rights abuses, saying the centers are necessary to prevent religious extremism and terrorism...

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