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Great lockdown measures you have there in China mr @zlj517... Very, as you call them "humanitarian"
@zlj517 This is another step in China's never-ending campaign to annihilate human rights:

Hundreds of human rights lawyers (not even dissidents, just the LAWYERS who defended people) were snatched by gestapo all over China in what is known as the 709 Crackdown: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/709_crack…
One of those lawyers, Wang Quanzhang was sentenced to 4.5 years for "subversion of state power". But that's not enough. China actually went after Wang's 6-year-old son, forcing him out of his school and banning any other school from taking him in.

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A group of #Uyghur survivors of #China’s internment camps began a weeklong rally outside the United Nations compound in Geneva, seeking a meeting with the U.N. human rights chief and urging her to issue a report detailing rights abuses in #Xinjiang. rfa.org/english/news/u…
Qelbinur Sidiq, Gulbahar Jelilova, Gulbahar Haitiwaji and Omir Bekali have requested a meeting with Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights.
The Uyghurs want Bachelet to release the human rights report before she visits China. They offered to accompany the former Chilean president on the trip.
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Opening today's hearing on #Uyghur Forced Labor, Under Secretary Silvers @DHSgov emphasizes the Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force goal: "complete eradication of forced labor" under Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. Testimony will include comments by 4 Uyghurs & Kazakhs Image
Heartbreaking testimony from @Qelbinur10 on learning that her sister, a highly educated, multilingual woman, is working in a factory in the Uyghur homeland. #ForcedLabourFashion Image
@Qelbinur10 International business risks "fueling" human rights crimes against Uyghurs. Standard supply chain vetting methods are wholly inadequate. We must switch to bottom-up investigation-based vetting.
-- Emily de La Bruyere of Horizon Advisory Image
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HAPPENING NOW. There are already nearly 400 people at the hearing, including senior leadership at DHS and leading experts on #Uyghur forced labor.
Undersecretary @SilversRob: "We are strongly committed to preventing the importation of products made with forced labor." NomoGaia's comments are aimed to assist in this.
State Dept ILAB Deputy Undersecretary @TheaMeiLee: DOL's mission is to safeguard the dignity of work everywhere; that's why traceability doesn't just stop at end goods but includes the whole supply chain.
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Chinese authorities in #Xinjiang are restricting the number of Muslims allowed to observe Ramadan, drawing heavy criticism from rights groups that see the government directive as the latest effort to diminish #Uyghur culture in the region. rfa.org/english/news/u…
Some neighborhood committees in Urumqi (in Chinese, Wulumuqi) and some village officials in Kashgar (Kashi) and Hotan (Hetian) prefectures have received notices that only 10-50 Muslims will be allowed to fast during Ramadan, ...
... which runs from April 1 to May 1, and that those who do so must register with authorities, according local administrators and police in Xinjiang.
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Two #Uyghur men arbitrarily detained in Saudi Arabia since November 2020 are believed to be at risk of being forcibly repatriated to #China, an international rights group said Wednesday. rfa.org/english/news/u…
Religious scholar Hamidulla Wali (in Chinese, Aimidoula Waili) and his roommate Nurmemet Rozi (Nuermaimaiti Ruze) traveled to the country from Turkey on a Muslim religious pilgrimage to Mecca and were arrested on Nov. 20.
Authorities allegedly have never told them why they were arrested and detained, according to rights groups.
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RFA learned of another #Uyghur serving a lengthy prison term for a seemingly harmless act, in this case helping family members of other Uyghurs previously detained by authorities. rfa.org/english/news/u…
Yusup Saqal, a well-known figure and charity organizer for Uyghur soccer in the town of Karamay (in Chinese, Kelamayi), was sentenced to 14 years behind bars in late 2018 on charges of “taking criminals under his wing,” Uyghur sources with knowledge of the situation said.
A Uyghur from Karamay who now lives in exile said authorities arrested Yusup, whose real name is Yusupjan Memtimin, in 2017.
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🧵. #Russia colonised #Ukraine in 18th century. Since then, they've been trying to exterminate ukrainian indentity and culture, to assimilate us into being russian. They appropriated a lot of our #culture, #history, achievements and personalities doing this. 1/ #twitterstorians
Foreword. Many of these examples might seem to you as insignificant or unconnected, but they all are evidence to the trend of generations of russians trying to unexist us as a nation, make Ukraine into what they think we are – "Little Russia" 2/
Let's get the obvious one out of the door. #Borsch is and always was Ukrainian. It got into russia with soviet diner menus. Now russians claim it's as intrinsic to russia as it is to us. Bullshit. 3/ A beautiful and tasty combo of Borsch, salo (lard in pieces)
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A national-level #Uyghur volleyball coach is serving an eight-year prison sentence for “befriending bearded men,” under a deepening crackdown on Islamic practices and culture, a Uyghur living in exile and a local police officer told RFA. rfa.org/english/news/u…
Alimjan Mehmut is serving his sentence in a detention center in Aksu (in Chinese, Akesu), according to information provided by the Norway-based rights organization Uyghur Hjelp.
His name is also on a list of Uyghur torchbearers for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games who have been imprisoned in recent years, caught in a wider crackdown on the ethnic minority group.
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A #Uyghur experiencing threats from #China even when he is in the Arctic Circle: "We didn’t send you out there so you could behave like this,” drawls an official in one recording. “You’re forgetting who you are.” theguardian.com/global-develop…
"Four years before, Omer says he was sent by the same handlers to Europe on a secret mission: to infiltrate and spy on Uyghur groups who were drawing attention to the human rights abuses being perpetrated against millions of their community and other ethnic minorities."
"Months before he left, Omer had been detained by the Chinese state after returning from working abroad. He says he was tortured, beaten and interrogated about his connections in Europe before being put through months of grooming, brainwashing and threats."
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The team at @NewStatesman published a special issue focusing on the crackdown of the #Uyghurs this week, focusing on this crisis from the aspect of human rights, politics, the efforts to preserve the culture, and more. newstatesman.com/uyghur-special
In this piece, #Uyghur poet @FatimahAbdulgh2 reflects on the efforts in the diaspora community to preserve the culture of the ethnic group, as #Beijing tries to ban the use of the #Uyghur language and culture. newstatesman.com/uyghur-special…
"Five years ago, when studying geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her phone buzzed in the middle of the night. It was a voice message from her father on the Chinese messaging service WeChat: 'Daughter, I have something urgent to tell you, call me back.'"
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NEW: #alQaida "maintained a low profile in #Afghanistan...likely at the behest of #Taliban leaders attempting to establish legitimacy with the int'l community" per acting @DoD_IG Sean O'Donnell in new report
Per @CENTCOM, @DefenseIntel "#Taliban has not permitted al-Qaeda members to play a significant role in its so-called “interim government” & will likely
aim to prevent #alQaida attacks on the United States as it attempts to gain international legitimacy" says @DoD_IG report
.@CENTCOM "said that the #Taliban very likely will allow #alQaida elements in #Afghanistan to maintain a low profile within the country to preserve legacy relationships & avoid upsetting the most militant Islamic elements within the Taliban" per @DoD_IG report
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Today, I'm shining @NBCOlympics #OlympicGames spotlight for the first time @shahitbiz on my friend Ekber Ebeydullah, who has been detained since 2016
I met Ekber in Beijing in 2010. He was studying at university after four years in the Xinjiang Class boarding school. He is extremely bright, fluent in four languages (Uyghur, Turkish, Chinese, and English).
After graduating, he went to Turkey for post-graduate studies. Upon returning home in 2016 for a relative's wedding, he was detained. A mutual friend told me the news summer 2017 in Urumchi. Like many others, his crime was being #Uyghur.
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Today's #Olympics2022 hero spotlight is placed on #Uyghur scholar Adil Ghappar [Kariz] whose condition and well-being have been unknown since 2017.
I met Adil in 2014 having been introduced to him by Rahile Dawut. I was under his wing at Xinjiang Normal University as I taught a short-term course in his department.
Adil remained extremely witty and optimistic despite tighter restrictions on his research. He already published a monumental contribution to understandings of the richness of Uyghur religious rituals and expressions
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The best thing about the Beijing #Olympics is that the word #Uyghur is now in the headlines every single day.

To help give a face to the million+ Uyghurs in China's camps, let me introduce you to my friend Rahile Dawut.

Rahile disappeared into China's camps four years ago.

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Rahile is a renowned anthropologist, specializing in Uyghur religious traditions and oral literature.

Respected in China and internationally, she has lectured at Harvard and Cornell.

She is also one of the warmest, funniest, most generous people I know.

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Rahile has been a mentor for a generation of Uyghur graduate students.

Her students revere her. Many have gone on to academic careers of their own.

Rahile is famous in the Uyghur region. People know her, and they're proud of her.

Yet she's completely humble about it all.

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France's parliament on Thursday denounced a "genocide" by #China against its #Uyghur Muslim population, in a resolution that risks straining ties between Paris and Beijing two weeks before the Winter Olympics. google.com.tw/amp/s/amp.fran…
The non-binding resolution, adopted with 169 votes in favour and just one against, was proposed by the opposition Socialists in the lower house of parliament but also backed by President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move (LREM) party.
It reads that the National Assembly "officially recognises the violence perpetrated by the People's Republic of China against the Uyghurs as constituting crimes against humanity and genocide".
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The @iocmedia reportedly pulled out of meeting with the activist group the Coalition to End Forced Labor in the #Uyghur Region. In an email, IOC's head of human rights claimed differences in approach were the main cause of the suspension of engagement. nytimes.com/2022/01/04/wor…
"But the correspondence between the I.O.C. and the anti-forced labor coalition, which was reviewed by The New York Times, shows how reluctant the committee is to engage Beijing’s critics even on issues directly related to the operation of the Games."
"“They either had nothing to say or show on due diligence on forced labor, or they were unwilling because they won’t cross swords with Beijing,” said Bennett Freeman, a former State Department official who sent the emails to the I.O.C. on the coalition’s behalf."
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Sebuah Utas: Benarkah Muslim Uyghur sedang mengalami genosida?

XINJIANG PAPERS DAN MUSLIM UYGHUR 🧵
Xinjiang papers adalah kumpulan 400 halaman lebih dokumen internal pemerintah Cina yang menjelaskan kebijakan pemerintah mengenai Muslim Uyghur di wilayah Xinjiang.
Pada November 2019, jurnalis membocorkan cerita yang mengatakan bahwa dokumen tersebut adalah "salah satu pembocoran surat-surat pemerintah yang paling signifikan dari dalam Partai Komunis China yang berkuasa dalam beberapa dekade.
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After a Moroccan court ruled in favor of deporting #Uyghur activist #IdrisHasan back to #China, a @UN committee issued an interim measure, demanding Morocco to not act until they reviewed the complaint from @SafeguardDefend. My latest for @dw_chinese: williamyang-35700.medium.com/un-committee-u…
Human rights organization Safeguard Defenders confirmed on Dec. 20 that the UN committee against torture has issued an interim measure, demanding Moroccan authorities not to deport Uyghur activist Idris Hasan back to China while they examine the complaint. dw.com/zh/%E8%81%94%E…
In a statement, Safeguard Defenders said that since Morocco is a state that has declared the Committee’s competence under Article 22 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, ...
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Refusal to address #Uyghur forced labour is betrayal of Europe's values: Rights activist

Ahead of the Beijing Olympics 2022, a Washington-based Uyghur rights activist has called on Europe to adhere to its values and take action against China's rights abuses in Xinjiang province
Rushan Abbas, who is the Founder and Executive Director of Campaign for Uyghurs, says that she has not seen her sister for the past three years. Rushan claims that her sister was forcibly disappeared after she publicly condemned the concentration camps in Xinjiang.
"Her forced disappearance at the hands of the Chinese Communist regime came just days after I spoke publicly to condemn the concentration camps in which millions were being imprisoned based on their ethnic and religious identity,"
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1. Western strategy has suffered from the post WWII John Birch Society advanced demonization of the left in the international arena. We might have avoided the current China crisis and the #Vietnam War had we been willing to not take such an aggressive stance against the
2. leftist anti-colonial forces that moved to retake control of colonies after Germany and Japan's defeat. Rather than support independence we advanced confused policies that were easily exploited by the most radical forces in the emerging post-colonial world. We played a key
3. role in the radicalization of the Chinese Communist Party by myopic racist policies directed at the Chinese Communists that were passed through a lens of clever propaganda as racial attacks on the Chinese people who had long suffered from racism and Colonial exploitation.
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Japan has named former Defense Minister Gen Nakatani as his special adviser on human rights issues to address #China's treatment of #Uyghur Muslims in #Xinjiang region and pro-democracy advocates in #HongKong. asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Ex-de…
Nakatani's appointment is expected to be formalized Wednesday when Kishida launches his second Cabinet in a special parliamentary session.
"I was asked to give appropriate advice and proposals regarding human rights issues by consulting with the foreign and industry ministers," Nakatani told reporters after meeting Kishida at the prime minister's office.
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▶️Special Report - Criticism of #Uyghur Tribunal on the Investigation of Human Rights Abuses

It is believed that more than one million #Uyghurs have been detained by the #Chinese government against their will in camps called “re-education camps” by the state.
(1) The tribunal consists of a panel of lawyers based in Britain and human rights experts. The tribunal is examining the reports of genocide, torture and abuse of human rights in the #Xinjiang region of #China.
(2) It is believed that more than one million Uyghurs have been detained by the Chinese government against their will in camps called “re-education camps” by the state. The Chinese government calls it a campaign against terrorism.
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By @catecadell: " @ziba116 is one of eight #Uyghur people who told Reuters they have spent years searching for information on relatives who were detained and have since been charged and imprisoned in #Xinjiang." saltwire.com/halifax/news/o…
At media conferences in Beijing this year, spokesmen for the Xinjiang government have repeatedly said China will help Uyghurs living abroad who are unable to contact their relatives, urging them to reach out to Chinese embassies and consulates for assistance.
Almost five years after the internment campaign began, relatives interviewed by Reuters say such requests have fallen on deaf ears. Reuters was unable to independently confirm all aspects of their accounts.
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