Uyghur News (Tuesday, Sept 24, 2019)

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Uyghur News (Monday, Sept 23, 2019)

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[*] China bristles at Pompeo’s criticism as video challenges narrative on Uighur camps

[*] ‘Deeply disturbing’ footage surfaces of blindfolded Uyghurs at train station in Xinjiang

[*] Video Purportedly Shows Transfer of Uyghur Detainees in China’s Xinjiang Region

[*] China Says Pompeo Trying to ‘Sow Discord’ With Xinjiang Comments


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RFA: Video Purportedly Shows Transfer of Uyghur Detainees in China’s Xinjiang Region

Video footage has emerged of what appears to be authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) taking hundreds of ethnic Uyghur inmates off of a train in preparation for their transfer to a detention center in a remote part of the region.

The video, published on Sept. 17 by newly created YouTube account “War on Fear,” whose stated mission is to expose the ramifications of high-tech state surveillance, contains footage purportedly taken last year by a drone camera located in the XUAR’s Bayin’gholin Mongol (in Chinese, Bayinguoleng Menggu) Autonomous Prefecture.

Authorities can be seen leading lines of blindfolded and handcuffed inmates—who have had their heads shaved and are wearing either blue or yellow uniforms—off of a train to a heavily guarded waiting area, where they are sat down in columns before being led off to waiting buses.

British media outlet Sky News on Sunday cited a “European Security source” as saying the video is believed to be authentic because it is “typical of the way the Chinese move this type of prisoner,” and that the footage is likely to have been taken earlier this year.

Nathan Ruser, a researcher with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s international cyber policy center who has previously identified detention sites in the XUAR, said in a series of posts on Twitter over the weekend that he used landmarks and other clues in the footage to verify the video, and believes it was taken northwest of the city of Korla (Kuerle) in August 2018.

If verified, the footage may shed new light on reports by RFA’s Uyghur Service that authorities in the XUAR have been covertly sending detainees to prisons in remote parts of the region and other areas of China to address an “overflow” in overcrowded internment camps, where up to 1.5 million Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas have been held since April 2017.

As global condemnation over the camp network has grown, including calls for international observers to be allowed into the XUAR to investigate the situation there, reports suggest that the transfers may be part of a bid to obfuscate the scale of detentions of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the region.

On Monday, Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne told that she found the video “deeply disturbing” and noted that she had previously raised her country’s concerns over reports of mass detentions in the XUAR.

“We have consistently called for China to cease the arbitrary detention of Uyghurs and other Muslim groups,” she said, adding that Australia will continue to raise its concerns “both bilaterally and in relevant international meetings.”

Speaking to RFA on Monday, Dolkun Isa, the president of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC) exile group, called the video “hard evidence of China transferring Uyghur detainees en mass” and likened it to Nazi Germany’s detention of Jews in concentration camps during World War II.

“It’s clear that ‘Never Again’ is happening again in the 21st century, under the watch of the international community, despite promises to prevent such tragedies,” he said, urging world leaders to speak out against China’s policies in the XUAR at the Sept. 17-30 United Nations General Assembly in New York.

“I call on the United Nations, United States, European Union, and Turkic and Muslim countries to take a strong stand at the U.N. General Assembly and condemn China’s crimes against humanity in East Turkestan, table urgent resolutions in order to close all Chinese concentration camps, and release all Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims,” he added, using the Uyghurs’ name for the XUAR.


Uyghur News (Sunday, Sept 22, 2019)

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[*] Pompeo urges resistance to China’s demands to repatriate Uighurs

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[*] The Uighur community finds life

Uyghur News (Saturday, Sept 21, 2019)

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[*] ‘Boiling us like frogs’: China’s clampdown on Muslims creeps into the heartland, finds new targets

[*] The Deafening Silence of Pakistani Jihadists and Radicals on China’s Uyghurs

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[*] China’s fury: US Senate pass bill to free imprisoned Uyghur minority and impose sanctions

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Uyghur News (Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019)

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[*] Uyghur Brothers Perish While Detained in Xinjiang

[*] UN chief Antonio Guterres rejects claim he did not condemn China over Muslims detained in Xinjiang

[*] UN head urged to condemn Muslim camps

[*] New US bill demands China grant consulate in Tibet and stay away from Dalai Lama succession

[*] US to Confront China on Uyghur Issue at UN

[*] Tohti nominated for Sakharov Prize 2019

[*] U.S. Senate Votes to Sanction China over Violations of Uyghurs’ Human Rights

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[*] European Parliament Names Jailed Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti Finalist For Sakharov Prize

[*] China’s Xinjiang Muslim ‘detention camps’: Documents show what PM Jacinda Ardern knows

[*]UN chief rejects claim he didn’t condemn China over Muslims

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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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[*] China Uses High-Tech to Monitor Uyghurs in Xinjiang, Religious Freedoms Group Says

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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.