Chinese technology firm Huawei has become a member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s cybersecurity agency, despite widely reported concerns about its involvement in developing surveillance software for use against the persecuted Uighur minority…more:middleeasteye
Uighurs living in Istanbul have described how the Chinese Communist Party is pressuring them to spy on their compatriots by using their families back in China as pawns. Whatsapp messages from handlers and audio recordings of conversations with the Chinese…
Mosques are not the only targets. Whole cities are being redesigned to facilitate maximum security and surveillance of the local population. Sites of architectural interest such as the ancient city of Kashgar have been demolished and rebuilt to suit the needs of what the government proclaims will be a flourishing tourism industry in Xinjiang. And it’s not just the built heritage that is being destroyed. The bulldozer is also at work on communities, culture and people’s lives. Everyday religious practice in Xinjiang has been effectively banned. People are plagued by tech surveillance technology – checkpoints, facial recognition software, mobile phone scanners – and intrusive visits to family homes identify individuals as “prone to extremism”. An official list of signs of extremism includes things such as refusing cigarettes and alcohol, not watching television and contacting people abroad…..theguardian
Turkey risks jeopardizing economic ties with China if it keeps criticizing Beijing’s treatment of Uighur Muslims, China’s envoy to Ankara warned, just as Chinese firms are looking to invest in Turkish energy and infrastructure mega-projects…….MORE: REFUTER
…Kenneth Roth, the executive director of the US-based Human Rights Watch group, praised Turkey’s move on Twitter.
“This is a big deal: [Turkey is] The first Muslim-majority country to criticise China so directly for its horrendous treatment of Uighur Muslims, and one of the most powerful Muslim-majority countries at that,” he tweeted on Sunday….more: more: ALJAZEERAH
Foreign Policy editor and journalist James Palmer explains why it’s so difficult for journalists to cover the human rights crisis in China’s far western Xinjiang region…read: China is committing ethnic cleansing in Xinjiang – it’s time for the world to stand up