Tag: Xinjiang

Xinjiang’s Voiceless Protests Hit Social Media

Screenshots of videos on TikTok.…Dozens of videos of people standing solemnly and silently in front of photographs of loved ones who have disappeared have emerged on Douyin, the Chinese original of the popular social media app TikTok. In another subtle message, the videos all play the same mournful song called “Donmek,” which means “return” in Turkish….MORE: fp

China Thanks UAE for Backing Beijing’s Xinjiang Policies!

China thanks UAE for backing Beijing's Xinjiang policiesChina on Monday thanked the United Arab Emirates for backing its security crackdown in Xinjiang, state media said, as President Xi Jinping played host to Abu Dhabi’s crown prince.

Beijing has come under growing international scrutiny for placing an estimated one million mostly Muslim ethnic minorities in internment camps in the name of counter-terrorism, but Muslim countries have largely refrained from criticising China…more: FRANCE24 *-  breitbart.

Saudi Arabia and Russia among 37 states backing China’s Xinjiang policy

Saudi Arabia and Russia among 37 states backing China's Xinjiang policy…China has been accused of detaining a million Muslims and persecuting ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang, and 22 ambassadors signed a letter to the U.N. Human Rights Council this week criticizing its policies….As well as Saudi Arabia and Russia, the letter was signed by ambassadors from many African countries, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Belarus, Myanmar, the Philippines, Syria, Pakistan, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.more: reuters

Xinjiang Visit by U.N. Counter-terrorism Official Provokes Outcry (U.N.???)

Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march calling on the European Union to do more on China's crackdown against Uighurs, in Brussels on April 27, 2018.A planned visit to China’s Xinjiang province this week by a Russian national who serves as the United Nations’ top counterterrorism official has infuriated human rights advocates and some Western governments, who fear Beijing will use the trip as propaganda.

The visit by Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov marks the first high-level visit by a U.N. official to the predominantly Muslim territory since Beijing began forcing an estimated million local members of the Uighur minority into detention camps,..MORE:  oreignpolicy

‘One minute felt like one year’: A day in the life of inmates in the Xinjiang internment camps

The alarm rings at 5am every morning in Yerzhan’s overcrowded concrete cell. He dresses in a thin blue uniform before armed guards escort him to a bathroom, where he has minutes to wash under supervision.

Kairat Samarkan, 30, an ethnic Kazakh, who was detained for almost four months in an internment camp in Xinjiang Province, China, demonstrates a stress position used to discipline him while at the camp CREDIT: SAM TARLING/SAM TARLINGAt 7am there is breakfast: tea and a single steamed bun for each of the cell’s 18 inmates. For the rest of the day, Yerzhan is forced to sit straight on a stool, learn Mandarin, sing patriotic songs and memorise ruling Communist Party ideology.  In order to receive a small portion of rice at noon and 6pm he, like all the others, must praise the Chinese president and shout “Long live Xi Jinping!”.  Those who refuse are electrocuted with a cattle prod that causes their limbs to spasm uncontrollably. …READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON THE TELEGRAPH

China’s state media defends Xinjiang Muslim crackdown

Paramilitary police patrol the airport in Hotan in western China's Xinjiang region [File: Ng Han Guan/AP]More than one million Uighur Muslims are estimated to be in detention in “counter-extremism centres” in China’s far western region, said Gay McDougall vice chairperson of a UN anti-discrimination committee. Following attacks by separatists, members of the Uighur and Kazakh Muslim minorities in Xinjiang have been arbitrarily detained in indoctrination camps where they are forced to denounce Islam and profess loyalty to the party…MORE: aljazeera