Month: February 2020

Uyghur Former Detainee of Xinjiang Internment Camp Denied Treatment Amid Coronavirus Quarantine

Source: Radio Free Asia A Uyghur former detainee of an internment camp in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) has been unable to get treatment for a serious medical issue because breaking an ongoing quarantine for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) could see him sent back to the camps, officials said. Recent reporting by RFA’s […]

Uyghurs starving as China imposes draconian coronavirus measures

Source: MEMO Activists in Xinjiang have complained that they are suffering shortages of food and medicine as China imposes a quarantine to curb the spread of coronavirus, reports the New Arab. The Washington-based Uyghur Human Rights Project has said that residents inside Xinjiang province, East Turkestan, have been ordered to stay inside their homes and that […]

Google Translate adds five languages

Source: Google Millions of people around the world use Google Translate, whether in a verbal conversation, or while navigating a menu or reading a webpage online. Translate learns from existing translations, which are most often found on the web. Languages without a lot of web content have traditionally been challenging to translate, but through advancements […]

Uighur woman says she was threatened by Chinese police after husband appeared on Q&A

Source: THE GUARDIAN A Uighur woman who is reportedly under house arrest in Xinjiang says she was visited by Chinese police and threatened after her Australian husband appeared on the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday. Sadam Abdusalam asked Wang Xining – the deputy head of mission at Australia’s Chinese embassy – on Monday why his wife […]

Document confirms brutal treatment of Uyghurs in China

Source: UCA NEWS Fresh reports have emerged about the extent of the crackdown by Chinese authorities against Muslim Uyghurs in the central region of Xinjiang after a leaked internal Communist Party document was obtained by German media. And on Feb. 21 Amnesty International released case studies showing how China is systematically harassing Uyghurs and other Chinese Muslim […]

Advocates say coronavirus spread would be ‘catastrophic’ for detainees of Chinese internment camps

Source: ipolitics Advocates are urging the federal government to take action amid concern the spread of the coronavirus would have devastating consequences for the 3 million Uyghur Muslims and other minority groups detained in Chinese internment camps. Speaking at a press conference in Ottawa Wednesday, Zapaer Alip a coordinator at International Support for Uyghurs, said the […]

Uighurs in China: ‘I didn’t even know if my mum was alive’

Source: BBC Aziz Isa Elkun is one of many Uighur Muslims living in London who have been cut off from contacting their families based in Xinjiang. Since 2016, China has detained more than one million Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang in what they call “educational centres”. However, documents seen by the BBC show that these camps […]

China’s ‘War on Terror’ uproots families, leaked data shows

Source: AP Beijing (AP) — For decades, the Uighur imam was a bedrock of his farming community in China’s far west. On Fridays, he preached Islam as a religion of peace. On Sundays, he treated the sick with free herbal medicine. In the winter, he bought coal for the poor. But as a Chinese government […]

The Ghulja Massacre: remembering China’s brutal crackdown on a peaceful Xinjiang protest

Source: Hongkong Free Press By Zubayra Shamseden, Chinese Outreach Coordinator, Uyghur Human Rights Project It was horrifying to hear that my sister Mesture, who was in severe pain going into labour with her first child Nazife, was unable to go to the hospital in Ghulja city on February 5, 1997 because a blockade had been […]

Never Again is Now: The Crisis Confronting China’s Uyghur Muslim Community

Source: Temple Beth Hatfiloh Since 2017, as many as 800,000 – 1.8 million Uyghurs and Kazakhs have been “disappeared” into a widespread system of “reeducation camps” in the Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang). Nearly all Uyghurs and Kazakhs in China have an immediate family member who is interned in this camp system. This process resonates with […]