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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 Image
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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One takeaway from the discussion with @lizalinwsj and @joshchin : China’s tech model is a double edged sword, both at home and abroad. And the line between “digital utopia” and “digital police state” is quite often blurred. 🧵
In #Xinjiang, for example, surveillance is something to be feared - it allows police to track and detain people according to capricious standards; its presence imparts a sense of constant dread and fear on Uyghurs.
On the other hand, in other areas, it allows for the speedy identification of public safety hazards; facial recognition technologies allow citizens to pay for goods and services, take public transit, and access other public resources instantly.
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Dear @noahbarkin, we appreciate your insightful thoughts on possible trips by EU leaders to China. You know us Germans well: We like to take our time to reflect and discuss, sometimes a bit long… Now while I cannot confirm any specific travel plans, let me share a few thoughts.
Like the US and many of our like-minded partners, we did not travel to the Beijing Olympics. We did not want to engage in propaganda games at a time when war in Europe was already looming and human rights in #Xinjiang and other places are grossly abused.
Instead, Chancellor Scholz’s 1st destination in Asia was Japan 🇯🇵 , not China 🇨🇳. A very deliberate choice. Foreign Minister Baerbock’s 1st destinations in Asia were G20 Foreign Ministers meeting, Palau🇵🇼 and Japan 🇯🇵. Guess what? Deliberate choice, too.
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#BREAKING US asks UN rights council to debate China rights abuses in Xinjiang region
#UPDATE The United States on Monday called on the UN Human Rights Council to organise a debate on rights violations in China's #Xinjiang region, following a report warning of possible crimes against humanity
A damning UN report warning of possible crimes against humanity in China's Xinjiang region, and concerns over an intensifying crackdown inside Russia as its war rages in Ukraine, have led to massive pressure on the West and its allies to act.
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By @evadou and @catecadell: How the "vocational training centers" in #Xinjiang have gradually been turned into COVID19 quarantine centers yet the fear in the region remains. #China…
"A nine-day reporting trip by The Washington Post through the region in late July and early August revealed concerted efforts by Chinese officials to put the crackdown behind them.
But even as the most visible security measures have been loosened, Xinjiang residents continue to live under heavier official pressure than in other parts of China."
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"An envoy from #China's #Xinjiang province said that Chinese authorities are ready for a “fight” with “anti-China” critics in the West and elsewhere over allegations of rights abuses in the anti-extremism campaign against…
... and other Muslim ethnic groups in the region."
"Xinjiang government spokesman Xu Guixiang said Chinese authorities won't be afraid if “anti-China forces” attempt to use the ongoing Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva to seek greater scrutiny of the situation in Xinjiang."
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Multiple sightings of unknown flying object over the sky of #Xinjiang
Another footage of unknow flying object over #Xinjiang
my guess is Chinese anti-missile test like last time
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"At least 22 people died of starvation or lack of medical attention on a single day last week under #China’s COVID lockdown policies in the northern #Xinjiang city of Ghulja, RFA has confirmed with police and bereaved family members."…
"Appeals for help from Uyghurs trapped in quarantine under Beijing’s zero-COVID measures are popping up on Chinese social media platforms.
Their suffering has been highlighted by the Uyghur diaspora as they agitate for international action against China’s heavy-handed assimilation campaign in the minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR)."
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How a school in Turkey is helping #Uyghur children whose parents have been interned or detained in #Xinjiang to preserve their mother tongue and culture.…
"Of the 160 students, about 10 live in the school’s dormitories. All their family members were either imprisoned or forced into internment camps in Xinjiang. China calls the camps “vocational education and training centres”."
"Abdulrahman Abbas, 14, sits beside Abduzayir on the bottom bunk, leaning forward with his hands clasped together. “I miss my mom’s cooking, staying together, and so much more,” he says in a quiet voice. His brown hair falls over the side of his wistful face."
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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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“Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's official visit to Kazakhstan, many Kazakhs who have been demanding the release of their relatives from camps in #China's northwestern region of #Xinjiang have found themselves under pressure from authorities.”…
“On September 12, three women who have been demanding that the Kazakh government assist in gaining the release of their relatives were forced from a bus in Almaty that was heading to the southern city of Shymkent.”
“One of the women, Gulfia Qazybek, told RFE/RL by phone that law enforcement officers did not explain why they were taking her and the other women to the police station, saying simply that it had been ordered by their supervisors.”
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From @hrw_chinese: " The Chinese government has used its justice system to sentence and imprison an estimated half-million people during the brutal crackdown in #Xinjiang."…
"While not all convicted prisoners faced political charges, the available figures indicate that the total number of people wrongfully imprisoned in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is much higher than generally reported based on earlier official figures."
"These formal prosecutions, in which many people received punishments without being tried, are distinct from the arbitrary detentions in the extralegal “political education” facilities.
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Chinese occupation of #xinjiang - a model imported from #Tibet - and how the PRC will implement it in #Taiwan to quell a potential insurgency. A 🧵
1/ Chinese operations in Xinjiang is a very presence heavy approach - 三步一岗,五步一哨 - "3 steps a post, 5 steps a whistle" - a team of PAP and local cops are visible at every corner Image
2/ This style of locking down a large urban area was first employed in Lhasa after 2008 and then again in Urumqi in 2009. Image
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Ghulja in #China's #Xinjiang has been under serious lockdown for over 40 days. Local residents flooded Chinese social media with harrowing details of their situation while four people have been arrested for allegedly spreading rumors online. My latest:…
According to videos on social media, local residents in Ghulja have been strictly forbidden from leaving their houses and some videos have shown residents on higher floors having to use ropes to get supplies or food from the first floor.
Many local residents have rushed to Chinese social media platform Weibo to share their desperate situation. One resident wrote that she and her 2-year-old daughter have tested positive and her daughter is having a fever. However, following repeated calls to authorities, ...
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According to @CDT, local authorities in #Xinjiang's Yili issued a directive, encouraging internet commentary personnel to "open a campaign of comment flooding" the topic of local residents calling for help amid serious deprivation of food and…
"All internet commentary organizational work units must carry out comment flooding work at the relevant times, and must not finish it behind or ahead of schedule. The time period in question is from 8 pm to 10 pm tonight!"
"Comment flooding must be carried out in accordance with procedure. At the same time, take steps to protect yourself, and do not touch on the pandemic situation, pandemic volunteers, pandemic prevention policies, etc."
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As many as a dozen people have died from starvation or lack of access to medicine in northwestern #China’s #Xinjiang region during a strict coronavirus lockdown imposed by Chinese authorities since early August, according to residents and local officials.…
Starvation had left the members of 10 families in Gurkiratma village, in Ghulja’s (in Chinese, Yining) Araosteng township, in “dire health conditions” amid the lockdown, prompted by outbreaks of COVID-19 in the region, residents told RFA Uyghur.
An official said that as many as 12 people died in Ghulja county within 20 days after the zero-COVID lockdown was implemented, including one man he identified as Mewlan Sidiq, a 62-year-old farmer from Qarayaghach village.
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"#China's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said on Friday that #Beijing would not cooperate with the U.N. human rights office following the release of a long-awaited report on alleged human rights abuses in the far western region of #Xinjiang."…
"The office closed the door of cooperation by releasing the so-called assessment," Ambassador Chen Xu told reporters, describing the report released on Aug. 31 as "illegal and invalid". China vigorously denies any abuses in Xinjiang.
"Now the whole set of ideas is shelved because of the release of the report," Chen told reporters. "You cannot... hurt us while in the meantime enjoy cooperation with us."
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It may not be the change of top leadership others are talking about right now, but in the realm of international #HumanRights, it’s the big buzz...

Volker Türk has become the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, having been approved by the UN General Assembly yesterday to replace Michelle Bachelet, whose term ended August 31.…
He starts with a lot on his plate, perhaps most immediately the need to follow up Bachelet’s strong report on the Chinese government’s possible crimes against humanity in #Xinjiang.…
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From @RadioFreeAsia: “A #Uyghur father and son in northwestern #China’s #Xinjiang province are serving prison sentences for taking part in “illegal” religious education at home, a Uyghur who has knowledge of the situation said.”…
“Memet Musa, a 50-year-old religious cleric from Lenger village, Keriye (in Chinese Yutian) county in Hotan (Hetian) prefecture, and his 20-year-old son, Osman Memet, were sentenced to prison in 2018 ...
... because the father taught the Qur’an to his son, said the source from Keriye, who now lives in exile.”
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The concept of territorial integrity, the most important political issue in Chinese politics. A 🧵
1/ One key phrase of Chinese nationalism is territorial integrity - 领土完整 - which forms a core concept to modern #China since 1911 and is still used in modern day #propaganda such as this one. Image
2/ While western view of Chinese history from 1840 to 1911 was one where western powers did not colonize China, the opposite is true from Chinese historiography.
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#Chinese authorities are significantly increasing policing, including arbitrary collection of #DNA from residents in many towns and villages throughout the #Tibet Autonomous Region, reported @hrw. @hrw_chinese @KenRoth
The program’s stated goal is to improve healthcare delivery, but in #Xinjiang, the authorities used it to surreptitiously collect en masse the DNA of residents aged 12 to 65.

@WilliamYang120 @KyinzomDhongdue
A report from a #Tibetan township in #Qinghai province in December 2020 stated that #DNA was being collected from all boys aged 5 and above.
@WenzelMichalski @SenRubioPress
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Irrespective of how former UN Human Rights Chief @mbachelet handled the release of the #Xinjiang report, credit must be given to @UNHumanRights for a balanced assessment of the crimes committed under international law by #China. Thread👇 Image
#China, in a grave discredit to its responsibilities as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council, waged an unprecedented campaign of overt and covert political pressure against the OHCHR to prevent the publication of the report…
Notwithstanding Beijing's frantic disinformation efforts, evidence that China's policies in #Xinjiang amount to crimes against humanity-an extremely high threshold-is overwhelming, as documented by numerous investigations, including those published by @hrw and @amnesty Image
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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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