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Last year C4ADS mapped out how cotton & tomato products produced by forced labor by Uyghurs in Xinjiang were permeating global markets. Now, we've identified 7 more major goods disproportionately produced in Xinjiang that implicate global trade. 🧵 1/9

Let’s look at peppers, used as everyday flavorings and food colorants, as an example. Chenguang Biotech is a global spice company that uses discriminatory & coercive practices in its pepper-producing Xinjiang subsidiaries. 2/9
Per trade data, Chenguang Biotech exported >$147 million in pepper products from 2018-2020, primarily to India, Indonesia, Mexico, & the U.S. Let's look at some of the importing companies. 3/9
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How does Xi Jinping command policy in #China? This report analyses the #Xinjiang Papers and new evidence of #Uyghurs mass detention. 🧵…

The report analyses Xi’s thinking and the centralised decision-making behind Xinjiang policy, institutional shifts to ensure policy implementation, and the arbitrary nature of mass detention of Turkic-speaking Muslim communities.

It explains how China’s political system operates and analyses the thinking behind genocide in Xinjiang. The PRC is moving towards totalitarianism: personalised rule, mass mobilisation and surveillance, and ideological education.
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A leaked list of thousands of detained #Uyghurs has helped Nursimangul Abdureshid shed some light on the whereabouts of her missing family members, who have disappeared in #China's sweeping crackdown on Xinjiang.…
Abdureshid, who now lives in Turkey, lost contact with her family five years ago. It took until 2020 for the Chinese embassy in Ankara to confirm that her younger brother Memetili, as well as her parents, had been imprisoned for terrorism-related offences.
But a suspected police list leaked to Uyghur activists outside China has located Memetili in a prison outside the city of Aksu, some 600 kilometres (375 miles) from their home.
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"#China has issued a new directive that forbids #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang from discussing the network of internment camps or accepting calls from international phone numbers ahead of an expected visit by the United Nations human rights chief."…
A police working in Kashgar told RFA that police received special government notices on how to prepare for the visit this month by Michelle Bachelet, the U.N.’s high commissioner for human rights.
The policeman said he was a Chinese Communist Party member and was playing a leading role in disseminating the notices during political study sessions and enforcing their mandates.
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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:…
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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"Sometimes if people ask me where I’m from, it’s going to be sometimes difficult because they don’t know much about us [#Uyghurs], and because they think that #China is like a perfect place. They don’t know about the government and everything."…
"Uyghur children, born and raised in the diaspora, are asking their parents why they can’t see their grandparents, why Uyghurs in Xinjiang face genocide, and why they can’t visit their homeland."
"Uyghur adults living abroad, frustrated by the inability to stop the atrocities despite widespread and credible reports about right abuses those living in Xinjiang face, say they are unsure about how to discuss the genocide with their children and ...
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Last week, human rights organizations shared urgent news about the possible deportation of four #Uyghurs back to #China by the Saudi government. I talked to @ZumretErkin, @LauraHarth and @AbduwelA about what this concerning trend means. My latest:…
The last time that Abduweli Ayup received information from Abula Buheliqiumu was on April 9, as she sent him two videos and several voice messages, seeking his help.…
“The messages that she sent me were heartbreaking as she was crying for help in the messages,” he said.
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Thoughts on #ImranKhan: I met him briefly at @AJEnglish studios where we spoke about #Guantanamo. He was disgusted by #Pakistan’s role in handing ppl to US without any legal process like #Afghanistan ambassador to Pakistan @abdulsalamzaeef and me. 1/9
I met him again in 2011 at an event for girls’ library in Afghanistan organised by @yvonneridley. We spoke about #WoT, #Gitmo & #AafiaSiddiqui for whom he’d fought. CIA’s Raymond Davies had killed 3 Pakistanis in #Lahore & we discussed how this was the moment to get her back. 2/9
Khan opposed #WaronTerror from the outset. He marched in #London against #Iraq invasion. After becoming PM he bought peace and security to tribal areas and ended US drone strikes. He sought peace with #Taliban & honoured ppl of #Afghanistan. 3/9
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Some book reviews! My fieldwork in Urumchi #Xinjiang planned to explore relations between Han, #Uyghurs, & party-state, particularly how urban groups most exposed to party education understand each other and how interactions shape #nationalism #security…
What wasn't planned was 2009 mass violence. Han & #Uyghurs explained violence with narratives familiar from living there previously but crystallised into starker boundaries & insecurity. #China's party-state framed Uyghur identities as security problems, intensifying insecurity.
I had hoped to live there again during more peaceful times and even explore some themes in the reviews below. But Xi's ethnic extinction policies and his closed "new era" means we have to learn and use new methods.
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A chilling article published by #China's state-run Xinhua News Agency on Tuesday, targeting Chinese journalists hired by western media, characterizing them as "pawns to propagate their China-bashing rhetoric."…
"Don't expect these anti-China stories to be convincing, even if narrated by Chinese journalists, most of whom are born in China and appear in front of television screens as so-called 'China experts,'" the article wrote.
"Manipulating these journalists to misrepresent China and stir up ideological bias against the country has once again revealed that so-called 'press freedom' touted by the Western media is just a handy tool to advance a narrow political agenda," the article added.
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The @CDCgov is listening! Today, @EthnicMediaSvc hosts a roundtable with Bhutanese, Burmese, and Uyghur refugees and how these communities have managed the pandemic. #refugees #COVID19 #healthequity #publichealth #RIM
Speakers include: Faustina Palmatier, Karen Society of Buffalo; Aung M. Naing, President and Co-founder, Network of Myanmar American Associations @netmaa Sudarshan Pyakurel, Executive Director, Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio
Also: Parshuram Chamlagai: Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh; Omer Kanat, Founder and President, Uyghur Human Rights Project @Omerkanat1 @uyghurproject
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Breaking: House Intel Committee posts @ODNIgov's 2022 Annual Threat Assessment, aka the Worldwide Threat Assessment

"#Beijing, #Moscow, #Tehran, & #Pyongyang have demonstrated the capability & intent to advance their interests at the expense of the #UnitedStates & its allies"
"#China increasingly is a near-peer competitor, challenging the #UnitedStates in multiple arenas—especially economically, militarily & technologically—& is pushing to change global norms & potentially threatening its neighbors" per @ODNIgov report
"#Russia is pushing back against #Washington where it can—locally & globally—employing techniques up to & including the use of force" per @ODNIgov report, compiled w/info available up to January
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After the 2009 violence between Han, #Uyghurs, and #Xinjiang’s security organs, #China’s party-state used region-wide compulsory “ethnic unity education” to "defeat separatism." A key text from those classes is now available. What does it tell us? 🧵…

The text is hosted on @YXiaocuo ‘s Xinjiang Documentation Project website. Their goal is to uplift survivors’ voices and create a reliable resource to combat state-sponsored erasure of evidence and partisan presentation of the crisis in Xinjiang
2. How are these texts studied?

To pass compulsory “ethnic unity” (minzu tuanjie) exams, schoolchildren, students, and state employees had to chant together in class and pass exams on their own identity and official narratives of history and separatism
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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.
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.…
"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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#IwillNotWatch these #GenocideGames, join us in making these the #LeastWatchedOlympics in Olympic history.
Governments of Muslim-Majority countries and Islamic organisations like the @OIC_OCI need to do a lot more to support the #Uyghurs.

Full interview:
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Video: A scene of “mass forced weddings” in which Uyghur girls were forced to marry Han Chinese men. Most unmarried Uyghur girls are to save either themselves—For them this is the only way to get a job & not end up in jails/camps/forced-labor factories—or save their parents— 1/
2/ If they say “No” for such forced marriages, both these girls & parents go to concentration camps or jails. This is another dimension of #UyghurGenocide not mentioned much in western media.
@UNHumanRights, @USUN, @Europarl_EN, @EUCouncil, @coe, @StateDept, please #SaveUyghurs!
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Nineteen #Uyghurs have filed a criminal complaint with a Turkish prosecutor on Tuesday against Chinese officials, accusing them of committing genocide, torture, rape and crimes against humanity.…
Lawyer Gulden Sonmez said it was necessary because international bodies had not acted against Chinese authorities, who have been accused of facilitating forced labour by detaining around a million Uyghurs and other primarily Muslim minorities in camps since 2016.
"The international criminal court should have already started this trial, but China is a member of the (United Nations) Security Council and it does not seem possible within this dynamic," Sonmez said outside the city's main courthouse.
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1 - Foreign intelligence agencies behind Balochistan situation: Justice Javed Iqbal (9 June 12 Express Tribune)

Mr Moeed Yusuf Special Advisor to #PMImranKhan rips apart false claims of Fifth Columnists #Pakistanis about #MissingPersons in #Balochistan

2 - Foreign intelligence agencies behind Balochistan situation: Justice Javed Iqbal (9 June 12 Express Tribune)

Mr Moeed Yusuf Special Advisor to #PMImranKhan rips apart false claims of Fifth Columnists #Pakistanis about #MissingPersons in #Balochistan

1 - Foreign agencies behind missing persons: Justice Javed Iqbal ( The Nation | 9 June 2012 )

Mr Moeed Yusuf Special Advisor to #PMImranKhan solve the mystery behind the so called #MissingPersons in #Pakistan

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🔴 Under President Xi Jinping’s rule, the Chinese Communist Party has drastically increased its control over journalists. Read RSF’s investigative report “The Great Leap Backwards of Journalism in #China”.…
#1 ▶️ Journalists forced to be the Party’s mouthpiece.
To receive their press cards, journalists already have to download the “Study Xi, Strengthen the Country” propaganda app that can collect their data, and will soon have an annual 90-hour training on “Xi Jinping Thought”.
#2 ▶️ The world’s biggest captor of journalists.
127 #journalists are currently detained by the regime. Investigating a “sensitive” topic can result in years of detention in unsanitary prisons, where ill-treatment can lead to death. Read the report here:
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I've reviewed the resources @CodePink recommends as part of its #ChinaIsNotOurEnemy campaign regarding #Xinjiang #Uyghurs.
These resources promote a cultural response to alleged threat of #terrorism from #EastTurkistan/#Xinjiang, and I'm not sure if @CodePink would also approve of governments like #UK #USA #Belgium #France similarly "reeducating" their Muslim minority populations.
Aside from the condescension in the Chinese government documents cited, there is all but a total embrace of pre-crime activities à la Philip K. Dick's "The Minority Report."…
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New report by @UyghurProject: "Among the 72 #Uyghurs living in liberal democracies surveyed for this report, 95.8 % of whom reported feeling threatened and 73.5% noted that they had experienced digital risks, threats, or other forms of online harassment."…
"Members of Uyghur communities worldwide are interested in protecting themselves, with 89.7% of respondents expressing interest in increasing their security knowledge."
"Many respondents did not feel that this protection would necessarily come from their home governments—44.1% felt that their host governments take the intimidation they face seriously, with only 20.5% feel that the host governments would fix these issues."
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🧵~5.3 million views in 4 days.

"Fragile"《玻璃心》mocks the oversensitivity of cyber-nationalists, internet trolls that guard #China against criticism.

– by Malaysian #Chinese artist activist @nameweemusic 黃明志 (ft. Kimberley Chen 陳芳語)
🧵"It might Break Your Pinky Heart"

Paid cyber trolls: "fifty-centers" (五毛 *wumao*).
Unpaid cyber nationalists: "little pinks" (#小粉红).

The name recalls the color of a popular online nationalist forum. Many are young women.…
🧵references in "Fragile"《玻璃心》(lit. "Glass Heart")

* cotton (picked by #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang labor camps)
* honey loved by Winnie the Pooh (Xi Jinping)
"Carrying the cotton and collecting his favorite honey. / Common prosperity!"
“扛着棉花踩着它爱的蜜蜂 /#共同富裕Image
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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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