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RFA: Uyghur Brothers Perish While Detained in Xinjiang

A pair of Uyghur brothers who had both been held in the same internment camp in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), have died in detention, according to sources.

Idris Qunduz, 53, and his younger brother, 45-year-old Hezim Qunduz, died in December 2018 and in June this year of unspecified causes, the head of their home village in Yengisheher (Shule) county’s Ermudun township recently told RFA’s Uyghur Service.

“Idris Qunduz died last year in December,” the Communist Party secretary of Ermudun’s No. 1 village said, when asked who under his jurisdiction had perished in the XUAR’s vast network of internment camps, where authorities are believed to have held more than 1.5 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” since April 2017.

“[He died] in a prison in Urumqi, but I don’t know which one,” the party secretary said, noting that he had first been held in Yengisheher county’s Chengan Camp and later transferred to the facility in the regional capital.

Idris Qunduz had a brother, “Hezim Qunduz … [who] died in [the Chengan] internment camp,” he said.

When asked what the cause of their deaths was, the party secretary said he was unsure.

“The authorities didn’t reveal the reasons of the deaths … we were simply told that they became ill and died,” he said, adding that he had visited with their families to convey the news.

Their bodies were not returned to their families, he added.

The party secretary said that Idris Qunduz was a farmer and his wife is a homemaker, but did not provide about Hezim Qunduz’s profession.

While the party secretary told RFA that there are two internment camps in Yengisheher county, he did not say why Idris Qunduz had been sent to a prison in Urumqi, or why the brothers were detained in the first place.

Details about the deaths of people detained in internment camps are typically held back, even from officials in their home villages, he said, and if the bodies of those who have died are returned to their families, relatives are warned not to divulge any information to the public.

The majority of bodies are never returned to their loved ones, he added.


Uyghur News (Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019)

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Uyghur News (Monday, Sept. 16, 2019)

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RFA: China Uses High-Tech to Monitor Uyghurs in Xinjiang, Religious Freedoms Group Says

High-tech surveillance systems set up in China in the name of preventing extremism and crime are also targeting religious groups and houses of worship, especially in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), a U.S. bipartisan commission said in a report released on Monday.

Cameras now closely monitor attendance at mosques in Xinjiang, leaving many ethnic Uyghurs afraid to attend prayer services, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said in its Sept. 2019 report, Religious Freedom in China’s High-Tech Surveillance State.

As many as 967 mosques in one southern Xinjiang county alone are now held under constant watch, USCIRF said.

Facial recognition systems programmed to distinguish skin tone and face shapes have also been deployed throughout the region, with Chinese police even outside Xinjiang starting to use the technology “to identify and target” Uyghurs, USCIRF said.

DNA samples and other biometric data including fingerprints, voice recordings, and blood samples are also taken from Xinjiang residents ages 12 to 65, with data collected both in police stations and in the vast network of reeducation camps in which as many as two million Uyghurs are believed to have been held, USCIRF said.

“Authorities have sometimes employed coercion to obtain DNA samples,” the religious freedoms group said.

Mobile phones, too, are fitted with required software that record data on the users’ movements and communications and reveal content to Chinese authorities, USCIRF said.

“In major urban areas, police use checkpoints—erected every few hundred yards—to scan phones, interrogate commuters, and conduct other security checks,” with 36 categories of persons singled out for particular scrutiny.

These include persons preaching Islam without permission, following banned religious teachers, or raising funds for mosques, USCIRF said.

One app, called Fengcai, allows Chinese guards to check the phone content of travelers entering from countries bordering Xinjiang, with a list of items to be watched for including audio recordings of recitations from the Quran and other expressions of “mainstream and nonviolent religious practice,” USCIRF said.


Uyghur News (Sunday, Sep 15, 2019)

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Uyghur News (Thursday, Sep 12, 2019)

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Uyghur News (Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019)

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Uyghur News (Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019)

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Uyghur News (Monday, Sep 9, 2019)

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