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This is the first time I travel abroad using this refugee travel doc since I was granted asylum in the US. I've always said that I am just lucky in this process while thousands of #Hongkongers & #Uyghurs struggle to see progress on their asylum applications . 🧵US lifeboat policy Image
US asylees & refugees typically can’t leave the country. A refugee travel document acts in place of a passport for those who can no longer use their original passport to ensure (but not guarantee) that they can re-enter the country under circumstances. 2/
To get a travel doc, first you have to be granted asylum. But that itself is alrdy a long process to go thru. Applicants can be left waiting for as long as 10 years for the interview, during which they hv to be in the US and can only apply to work after 180 days after filing. 3/
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Earlier this month, @adrianzenz revealed a new search tool for overseas #Uyghurs to try to gain insights into their family members in #China's #Xinjiang region. I talked to @MamatjanJuma, @AbduwelA and @Marhaba0125 about what they found. My latest:…
Last May, a cache of leaked files and photos from hacked official databases in China's northwestern Xinjiang region shed new light on human rights abuses by Beijing toward the region's Uyghur minority.
Images showing teenagers and old women among those detained at the internment camps offered horrific insights into Beijing's brutal persecution of the Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities.
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In @UyghurProject new report by @Rachel_A_Harris and @AzizIsaElkun, they found that #China's crackdown of #Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities, which includes systemic destruction of cultural heritage, constitutes "strategic cultural cleansing." My…
The report characterizes #Beijing's persecution of #Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities as : "the deliberate targeting of individuals and groups based on their cultural, ethnic or religious affiliation, ...
... combined with the intentional and systematic destruction of their cultural heritage."
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Let me share some of the themes I mentioned to media around the world tonight regarding the #SOTU of the most failed POTUS in our lifetimes:

1. By my count, Biden went about an hour before even mentioning two of the most significant crises confronting the nation: The open
border, which is entirely Biden's innovation and creation and has invited a crisis in which 4.5M aliens from all over the world, including those on the terror watch list, with violent criminal histories, violent gang members, human and drug traffickers, and record levels of
lethal fentanyl have poured into our nation; and the vast national security, public health, economic, human rights and other threats from China's Communist Party (CCP) that have escalated on Biden's watch, including the CCP's recent surveillance balloon, which the CCP then lied
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“Rights groups and #Uyghurs living abroad have strongly condemned a visit to #Xinjiang this week by a delegation of Muslim scholars and clerics from developing nations who voiced support for #China’s policies in the region, ...…
... saying they turned a blind eye to the suffering of persecuted Uyghurs.”
“The group of more than 30 Islamic representatives from 14 countries — including the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Serbia, South Sudan and Indonesia — arrived in Xinjiang on Jan. 8 to visit the cities of Urumqi, Turpan, Altay and Kashgar and to meet with government officials.”
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3 years later, "zero-COVID" policy saw an authoritarian approach to kill a microscopic pathogen, similar in many ways to the saying: firing a cannon to kill a mosquito. a failed policy it seems...
#China #PublicHealth #SARSCoV2
A population of over 1.4 billion people suffered with no end in sight, especially for those considered as minorities or threats to the Chinese Communist Party, notably the native Uyghurs of the Xinjiang region.
#China #PublicHealth #SARSCoV2 #Uyghurs
"Zero-COVID" policy has caused a hyper-sterilization of China, which must have abrogated exiting equilibria between humans & pathogens; & sensitized the population to a rainbow of infections beyond #SARSCoV2; with more health issues to be recorded soon.
#China #PublicHealth
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“The fate of 18 miners – mostly #Uyghurs – trapped in a collapsed gold mine in #China’s #Xinjiang remained uncertain, officials said, implying that rescuers have failed to pull any of them out alive nearly two weeks after the Christmas Eve disaster.”…
“I know that the rescue operation is going on, but I don’t know the result of the rescue efforts,” said an employee of West Gold Yili Co., which owns the mine in Qarayaghach town of Ghulja county, or Yining in Chinese. He insisted on not being identified by name.
“An employee at the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Emergency Relief Supervision Command Center said the rescue operations were ongoing and that two of the center’s leaders went to the site of the accident the day it occurred, Dec. 24.”
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"More than 50 #Uyghur groups on Thursday urged heads of states and leaders of international organizations meeting with #China's President Xi Jinping this week in Saudi Arabia to condemn China’s atrocity crimes against the #Uyghurs and…
... end the genocide in its far-western Xinjiang region."
“On various occasions, Uyghur organizations have expressed their great disappointment over the silence of Muslim-majority countries on the Uyghur genocide, which has involved the arbitrary detainment of millions of Uyghurs in concentration camps, ...
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There has been surprise and awe as protestors in China chant “Xi Jinping, stand down” (习近平下台). Yet from our knowledge of power and resistance in authoritarian states, these demands should be expected to emerge sooner or later. 🧵
#ZeroCovidChina #UrumqiFire #ChinaProtests
The late, great Stephen White who taught Post-Communist Politics 101 emphasised that the more personalised an authoritarian system, the more that social discontent will focus on that leader as the sole actor responsible for policy and with power to change course.
The more violent the leader, the more violence expected in state transformation. For example, no analyst wonders why Nicolae Ceaușescu’s end was so violent. It is explained in relation to the intensity of levels of state violence and personalisation of the political system.
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Urumchi is not Zhengzhou. I lived there for several years, observing and interviewing around many protests. I want to add some overlooked background to #UrumqiProtest conversation. Many dominant voices on the subject have never been there. 🧵

#Xinjiang #ZeroCovidChina #Uyghurs
@guardian / @Reuters quoted 1 respected political scientist but who does not research the region. Alternatively, many foreign and Uyghur experts who know the city are available, sharing videos and analysis on the capital city of their homeland.…
Bypassing experts guarantees ideological framings (“Chinese protest” & “civil society”), ignoring local dynamics where Han protestors often describe themselves as “vanguard” and Uyghurs died in a building fire under ethnically targeting and excessive covid controls.
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#Protest against #Covid19 #lockdown after fire kills 10 in Xinjiang | Nov 26
- Late Friday, videos circulated widely on the Chinese internet showing throngs of residents in #Urumqi marching to a government building and chanting “end lockdowns,”…
#China is #Rothschild's Model for #NWO | Dec 9, 2019
- The #genocide experienced by the #russians in Ukraine, funded by the #oligarchs and carried out by the #Azov-#Nazi - battalions is a copy the #China’s genocide against the #Uyghurs
#Rothschildism #MSM: 154 articles in less than two days.
Title: "#China's Communist Party to celebrate 100th #birthday in show of pomp and power."
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"Most #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang have not returned to mosques that Chinese authorities have reopened for limited religious services in response to heavy international criticism of repressive policies targeting the mostly Muslim ethnic group."…
Authorities in Xinjiang began scaling back their crackdown on religion in early 2020 by reopening some mosques they previously shut down during the height of religious persecution in 2017.
Despite the “softened” stance toward Islam in Xinjiang, most Uyghurs who lost confidence in China’s religious policy that officially recognizes five religions, including Islam, because of the crackdown, have refrained from returning to the reopened houses of worship.
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A new report by @UyghurProject shows that #China mixes financial, education and career incentives with coercive measures such as threats to families under state policies to promote intermarriage between Han Chinese and #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang.…
UHRP analyzed Chinese state media, policy documents, government sanctioned marriage testimonials, as well as accounts from women in the Uyghur diaspora, that government incentivizes and coercion to boost interethnic marriages has increased since 2014.
“The Chinese Party-State is actively involved in carrying out a campaign of forcefully assimilating Uyghurs into Han Chinese society by means of mixed marriages,” said the report.
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Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a spyware campaign that is targeting #Uyghurs by “masquerading” as Android apps including messaging services, prayer time apps and dictionaries, according to a new report by the cloud security firm Lookout.…
The spyware, which researchers say is connected to a Chinese government-backed hacking group, can be used to track people who use services that may be considered a “pre-crime” ...
... or are seen by #China as indications that someone is engaging in or will engage in religious extremist or separatist activities.
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#China’s rollout of thousands of 5G base stations throughout its far-western #Xinjiang region has raised suspicions that the technology will not be used for economic development but for enhanced digital surveillance of #Uyghurs and other Muslims.”…
“The build-out in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is part of a nationwide expansion of the fifth-generation, or 5G, technology standard for broadband cellular networks that mobile phone companies began deploying worldwide in 2019.
With an area of 642,800 square kilometers (248,200 square miles), Xinjiang has the largest land area of all the provinces and autonomous regions in China, though most of the vast region consists of uninhabited deserts and mountains.”
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#HumanRights to be incld in TRADE deals so that west can interfere in internal matters of others.
•Conversion laws/CAA/ Farmer's protest— topics #India is being forced to incld in deals.
•Its #Uyghurs today, tomorrow it’ll be KASHMIR.👇My article
2/2 India has treaded the path between west & Russia- China block very smartly. We must not forget #Pak & #Qatar which have major #NATO ally status also openly voted against Uyghur issue in HRC. US, UK and Canada can not always hv their way.
The new general reserve currency by #BRICS will challenge the DOLLAR. I had covered many points in the video 👇 and covered some more in my article above. 👆
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“At least 13 #Uyghurs have died as a result of poisoning from disinfectants sprayed in their homes last week used to fight a wave of coronavirus infections in a county in northwestern #China’s #Xinjiang region, local residents and officials said.”…
The Uyghurs who died were all residents of Guma county (in Chinese, Pishan), Hotan (Hetian) prefecture. They are said to be among thousands of people in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) reported to have been poisoned by disinfectants used to fight the COVID-19 virus.
Many videos shared online show authorities spraying inner walls, furniture, bedding as well as inside refrigerators in homes in the region. Residents said planes with sprayers have flown over the area frequently since the lockdown.
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Six essential books to help understand how the current crisis in the region known as #Xinjiang emerged. These overlooked, multidisciplinary works, published before the current crisis, range from history to anthropology to political science. #Uyghurs #Centralasia #China #Islam
Obviously I think you should read my book too! It explains how the goals of #China's ethnic policy shifted from gradual to rapid assimilation, exacerbating insecurity and cycles of violence between Han Chinese, #Uyghurs, and the state in #Xinjiang.…
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"Diplomats and human rights advocates are stepping up pressure on the United Nations to act over #China’s treatment of the #Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic groups,…
... as Beijing tries to head off further scrutiny of what is happening in the northwestern region of #Xinjiang."
“Inaction is no longer possible,” Fernand de Varennes, the UN’s special rapporteur on minority rights, said at the forum sponsored by the Atlantic Council and Human Rights Watch. “If we allow this to go unpunished, what kind of message is being propagated?”
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Horrific! #Uyghur doctor revealed that she had performed “at least 500 to 600 operations” on Uyghur #Muslim women, including forced sterilisations and abortions, on behalf of the Chinese government to control Uyghur Muslim population.

#Stand4Uyghurs #China #Uyghurs
“Young women were fitted with contraceptive devices, pregnant women would have to have an abortion, then sterilisation. We even inserted birth control implants into women’s upper arms to prevent pregnancy.”
This also included forced removal of wombs and on at least one occasion a baby was still moving when it was discarded into the rubbish, the woman told ITN News.
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“In a report, the United Nations’ human rights office accused #China of actions that “may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity,” in its mass detention of #Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim groups in #Xinjiang.”…
The assessment was released shortly before midnight in Geneva and minutes before Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, was set to leave office.
“It is an unprecedented challenge to Beijing’s lies and horrific treatment of Uyghurs,” said @SophieHRW.
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"The wife of a Chinese dissident from the northwestern region of #Xinjiang jailed for subversion after standing up for #Uyghurs says she has received what could be a forcibly written letter from him, prompting fears of "extreme persecution" in prison."…
Zhang Haitao, an outspoken critic of the ruling Chinese Communist Party's treatment of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic group, is serving a 19-year jail term at Xinjiang's Shaya Prison for "incitement to subvert state power" and spying charges.
Even before the pandemic, which has led the authorities lock down prisons and ban face-to-face meetings, Zhang had only been allowed three family visits during the first five years of his sentence.
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NEW REPORT by @lauratmurphy, @nyrola, and myself uncovers massive networks of forced labour and transfers of Uyghur people managed by the Bingtuan and commanded by the central party-state. An explainer 🧵

#Uyghurs #Xinjiang #China…

What is the Bingtuan?

The Bingtuan (#Xinjiang Production & Construction Corps) is a state-run corporation, functioning as regional government, paramilitary organisation, prisons bureau, media empire, education system, and one of world’s largest state-run corporations.

Established in the 1950s by former PLA and GMD soldiers, the Bingtuan describes itself as representing China’s ancient “settling the frontier culture” (屯垦文化) with “plough in one hand, gun in the other”

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Rabigul Haji Muhammed was stunned to see a former classmate on a leaked list of #Uyghurs and other Turkic people detained in internment camps in #China’s far-western #Xinjiang region.…
The doctoral student in Turkology at Hacettepe University in Turkey was searching through a trove of classified documents published by a U.S.–based human rights group in May. One of the group’s researchers had been given the information from an anonymous source.
Muhammad saw that Nurali Ablet had been detained for “engaging in online propaganda about violence and terrorism.” Ablet majored in the Uyghur language at the Central Nationalities University, also known as Minzu University, in Beijing and graduated in 2015, she said.
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