Month: March 2020


Source: NEWSWEEK A U.S. religious freedom watchdog is calling on Amazon, Nike and Apple to investigate claims that China has used Uighur Muslims as forced labor as part of their supply chains. Officials from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a federal group established by Congress, said in a statement today it is […]

‘Two-Faced’ Former Uyghur Forestry Official Sentenced to Life in Prison in Xinjiang

Source:Radio Free Asia Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have sentenced the Uyghur former head of the region’s forestry bureau to life in prison despite nearly four decades of government service, according to his U.S.-based children. RFA’s Uyghur Service reported in late 2018 on Memet Abdulla’s April 29, 2017 detention and charges […]

‘Psychological torture’: Uygurs abroad face mental health crisis over plight of relatives who remain in Xinjiang

Source: South China Morning Post Several years ago, Ilshat Hassan contemplated buying a gun. He was receiving threats over the phone and online from people who took issue with his advocacy for the Uygur people, he says, and feared for the safety of his family. But his wife objected, and Hassan eventually abandoned the idea. […]

US Holocaust Museum Labels China’s Persecution of Uyghurs in Xinjiang ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

Source: RFA The Chinese government’s persecution of ethnic Uyghurs—including their mass detention in internment camps—constitutes “crimes against humanity,” according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, opening an avenue for what one expert said could be legal action in an international court of law. Speaking at an event on Thursday entitled “China’s Systematic Persecution of Uyghurs,” […]

Uyghur Mother, Daughter Handed Lengthy Sentences in Xinjiang Prison for Overseas Ties

Source: Radio Free Asia The mother and daughter of a wealthy Uyghur family in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been sentenced to lengthy jail terms related to their overseas connections, according to family members who live abroad and local officials. Earlier this year, a Uyghur exile in Turkey named Zohre Abduhemit posted […]

Uyghurs for sale: ‘re-education’, forced labour and surveillance beyond Xinjiang

Source: Strategist Forced labour and the abusive practices of the ‘re-education camps’ in China’s Xinjiang region are being exported to major factories across the country, implicating both global brands and the hundreds of millions of consumers (including here in Australia) using their products. Our new ASPI report reveals that the Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer […]