Students read from their textbooks in a classroom at a bilingual middle school for ethnic-Uighur Muslim and Han Chinese students in Hotan, 13 October 2006, in China’s far northwest Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in Central Asia. In its long history of minority education, China has engaged its more than 50 or so minority groups in bilingual education, with an officially proclaimed aim to produce bilinguals with a strong competence in Putonghua (standard Chinese) as well as their native languages in an effort to help assimilate into mainstream society. However, modification of its educational policies to achieve seperate and distinct regional objectives often result in exclusionary practices of China’s educational policy, which aims to achieve universal education for all students yet at the same time contain regional ethnic resistance against the ruling Communist government and maintain national unity. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN
Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have detained a prominent ethnic Uyghur philanthropist, his brother, and two of the brother’s business partners, according to a family member, who said they were targeted for their perceived ties to a Uyghur education fund.
Ablimit Hoshur Halis Haji, 65, his younger brother Abdureshit Hoshur Haji, and the brother’s business partners—Weli Haji and another man—were taken into custody from their homes in the XUAR capital Urumqi around two and a half months ago by a unit of the State Security forces, known as the Guobao, Halis Haji’s half-brother Erkin Molla Esya recently told RFA’s Uyghur Service.
Esya, a Canadian citizen, said Halis Haji’s detention was directly linked to his establishment in 1994 of the Halis Foundation, a charitable organization whose goal was to help elite Uyghur students attain higher education and financial aid for study abroad.
The regime in China is responsible for a long list of awful abuses against minorities in the country, according to a new United Nations human rights report. More than one million Uighurs are estimated to be detained in camps. On Monday, China responded with denials and lies during a meeting of the UN Committee on Racial Discrimination in Geneva.
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Police in central China’s Henan province have arrested a Chinese landlord who rented his home to three ethnic Uyghurs without approval from the police, charging him with violating “safety precautions” under a provision of China’s Counter-Terrorism Law.
The landlord, a Han Chinese identified by the surname Zhao in a police notice obtained by RFA’s Uyghur Service, had rented his home in Zhenping county’s Shifosi village to three Uyghur bread-sellers, and was turned in to police by an area resident.
“On Aug. 8, 2018, at 8:40 p.m., our police station received a report from a civilian revealing that someone in Shifosi village had privately rented out his house to some Xinjiang Uyghurs,” the notice reads.
“This act is identified as a violation of Article 91 of the Counter-Terrorism Law of the People’s Republic of China,” the notice said.
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China is compiling a global registry of its ethnic minorities who have fled persecution, threatening to detain the families of those who don’t comply. The message: Nowhere is safe.
A major human rights crisis is unfolding in northwestern China, according to the United Nations, which said last week that there were credible reports that the Chinese government is holding one million or more ethnic minorities in secretive detention camps.
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The just-concluded United Nations review of China’s implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has demonstrated that it is increasingly difficult for the Chinese government to deflect international attention to its ongoing human rights violations against Uyghurs. The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) condemns its continued attempts, in the face of abundant evidence, to conceal the extent of the repression.
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It is now clear, from numerous reliable sources, that shocking human rights atrocities are being perpetrated in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China (XUAR).
The Communist Party authorities have established a large number of political re-education centers in Xinjiang, detaining people without any judicial process, stripping them of their personal liberty, imprisoning them, and detaining them for indeterminate ‘sentences.’ Estimates of the numbers detained range from hundreds of thousands to over a million, primarily targeting Uighurs, but also Kazakhs, Hui people, and other minorities who follow Islam. Among those detainees are peasants, workers, university, college, high-school and middle-school students, teachers, poets, writers, artists, scholars, the head of a provincial department, bureau chiefs, village chiefs, and even Uighur police officers. Uighurs overseas, as well as their family members and Uighur students who return to China after studying abroad — and even Uighurs who have simply visited abroad for tourism — have been particular targets of attack.
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A United Nations committee delivered a sharp rebuke to China on Friday for its treatment of Uyghurs, accusing Beijing of turning its sprawling western Xinjiang region into “a no-rights zone.”
Gay McDougall, vice-chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, said she is “deeply concerned” by reports that China, under the guise of combating religious extremism, “has turned the [Xinjiang] Uyghur Autonomous Region into something that resembles a massive internment camp.”
The United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) expressed concerns over China’s mass internment of ethnic Uyghurs and restrictions on their religious freedom as it convened Friday to examine whether the country complies with its convention.
The CERD’s Geneva-based body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by its member nations kicked off its review of China’s adherence to the charter’s guidelines at its 96thsession, the first time it has done so since its 75thsession in 2009.
CERD vice-chairwoman Gay McDougall said the human rights panel is “deeply concerned” by reports that China “has turned the [Xinjiang] Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) into something that resembles a massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy” in the name of eradicating “religious extremism” and “maintaining social stability.”
A police patrol walk in front of the Id Kah Mosque in the old city of Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
GENEVA (Reuters) – A United Nations human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China are held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy.”
Gay McDougall, a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, cited estimates that 2 million Uighurs and Muslim minorities were forced into “political camps for indoctrination” in the western Xinjiang autonomous region.
More than 45,000 residents of a mostly Uyghur-populated county in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are being held in three main political “re-education camps,” according to a local official, who said the facilities are guarded by armed personnel.
Beginning in April 2017, Uyghurs accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas have been jailed or detained in political re-education camps throughout the XUAR, where members of the ethnic group have long complained of pervasive discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression under Chinese rule.
A staffer at the Kuchar (in Chinese, Kuche) county police department in the XUAR’s Aksu (Akesu) prefecture recently told RFA’s Uyghur Service that three camps housing most of the county’s detainees are located in the Yengisher district of the county seat—about 10 kilometers (six miles) from Kuchar city center.
“I believe it is more than 45,000 … [or] slightly less than 10 percent [of the population],” the staffer said, speaking on condition of anonymity, when asked how many residents of Kuchar county are currently held in the camps.