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THREAD: 2018 has seen a diversification of quality reporting and uptick in exposure of the mass repression of #Uighurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities in western #China, by media, academics, and civil society groups across the world.
.@RFA Uyghur Service should be commended for its long-standing and fearless reporting on the situation in #Xinjiang, way before the current human rights crisis began to unfold. See its reporting here: rfa.org/english/news/u…, esp. the series of interviews w/ victims/families.
Despite government restrictions, major international media outlets have produced several deep-dive investigative pieces, based on satellite imagery, interviews with victims and/or their families, procurement documents on Chinese government websites, and field visits.
In May, AP's @gerryshih talked to those who were arbitrarily detained in the so-called transformation through education centers, where they were subjected to intense political indoctrination and ill-treatment. businessinsider.com/what-is-life-l…
In July, @meghara of @BuzzFeed reported on how #China is "using its huge digital surveillance system, and the threat of sending family members to reeducation camps, to pressure minorities to spy on their fellow exiles." buzzfeednews.com/article/meghar…
In August, @guardian's Gene A Bunin, after spending 18 months talking to Uighur restaurant workers all over China, reported on "how this Muslim minority feel the daily threat of arrest, detention and ‘re-education’". theguardian.com/news/2018/aug/…
In August, @emilyrauhala and @washingtonpost published new evidence based on interviews w/ people in Kazakhstan familiar with the experiences of ethnic Kazakhs and have knowledge of the internment camps in #China washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pac…
In August, @evadou @JNBPage and @joshchin reported on the expansion of "an internment program that initially targeted ethnic Uighur extremists but is now confining vast numbers of the largely Muslim minority group, including the secular, old and infirm..." wsj.com/articles/china…
In September, @lilkuo of @guardian reported on the anguished search by family members in Kazakhstan for information of their loved ones who have been swept into the growing network of internment camps and detention centers across the border in #Xinjiang theguardian.com/world/2018/sep…
.@SigalSamuel from @TheAtlantic reported on how scholars and online activists, such as @shawnwzhang @uyghur_nur @GroseTimothy, are using open-source, simple tech to hunt for and expose China’s secret Muslim internment camps theatlantic.com/international/…
.@yananw & @dakekang of the Associated Press reported on the heart-wrenching separation of children from their parents when the latter are taken to internment camps, rendering many children de facto orphans apnews.com/903a97b7c62a47… #Xinjiang #China
An @AFP investigation showed that since early 2017, local govts in #Xinjiang purchased large number of police batons, electric cattle prods, handcuffs and pepper spray for the region's growing network of “vocational education and training centers." japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/10/2…
.@BBC's @TheJohnSudworth's deep-dive in October, aided by satellite image analyses, revealed new evidence of the existence and expansion of the vast network of Muslim internment camps in #Xinjiang #China bbc.co.uk/news/resources…
In Nov, an investigation by @MarkDoman @lewgus @dylanwelch @KylesTaylor of @abcnews, using new research by @ASPI_org, showed that 28 detention camps in #Xinjiang "have expanded their footprint by more than 2 million square metres" since early 2017 abc.net.au/news/2018-11-0…
In Nov, @KirstyLNeedham and @smh published their investigation after visit to #Xinjiang to look into #China's vast and growing network of detention centres smh.com.au/world/asia/rui…
SMH's @fergushunter talked to Uighurs in Australia whose family members are detained and missing in #Xinjiang #China smh.com.au/politics/feder…
At the end of November, @reuters published a major investigative piece by @PhilipWen11 & Olzhas Auyezov tracking #China's Muslim gulags, with forensic analysis of satellite images showing 39 of #Xinjiang's detention facilities expanding at a rapid rate. reuters.com/investigates/s…
In Dec, @yananw & @dakekang did a deep-dive into the deployment of local government workers to "become family" with ethnic minorities in #Xinjiang apnews.com/9ca1c29fc9554c…
In a Dec exposé, @yananw @mendozamartha @dakekang from the Associated Press tracked recent, ongoing shipments from a factory inside a #Xinjiang internment camp, recently featured in a govt propaganda video, to US sportswear supplier Badger Sportswear apnews.com/99016849cddb4b…
In a series of op-eds, research papers, interviews, joint statements and public presentations in 2018, scholars of China and Uighur studies have made a strong stand against the mass repression in #Xinjiang.
In an op-ed in the New York Times, @JimMillward says the Communist Party of China has "updated its old totalitarian methods with cutting-edge technology" in its campaign against the Uighurs in #Xinjiang. nytimes.com/2018/02/03/opi…
In May, @adrianzenz, in @ChinaBriefJT, presented new evidence for the "re-education camps" in #Xinjiang jamestown.org/program/eviden…. A longer research is available here: academia.edu/37353916/NEW_S…
In the same month, historian @RianThum penned an op-ed in the New York Times detailing some of the emerging evidence of the growing network of internment camps amidst an intensifying campaign against the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in #Xinjiang nytimes.com/2018/05/15/opi…
.@kellyahammond wrote for the @HooverInst on the mute responses, so far, by the governments of Muslim-majority countries on the mass abuses of Muslims in #Xinjiang hoover.org/research/turni…
Writing in the @lawfareblog, @HilaryHurd analyzed the abuses against the Uighurs within the framework of international human rights law and standards lawfareblog.com/chinas-human-r…
Writing in the @ChinaFile, @dtbyler looked into the Chinese government's deployment of a million citizens to occupy Uighur homes in #Xinjiang chinafile.com/reporting-opin…
In another op-ed in the New York Times, @RianThum examines the Chinese government's shift from denying to acknowledging and justifying the #Xinjiang internment camps as measures to fight "terrorism" and "extremism" nytimes.com/2018/10/25/opi…
Writing in @DissentMag, @dtbyler and @GroseTimothy examined the formidable and omnipresent surveillance apparatus in #Xinjiang dissentmagazine.org/online_article…
Writing for the @LowyInstitute, @limlouisa examined #China's attempts to "re-engineer" the Uighurs lowyinstitute.org/the-interprete…
Writing in the @ChinaFile, @j_smithfinley wrote about her recent visit to #Xinjiang, where she "witnessed the most abject sense of fear and trauma [she has] encountered in 27 years of researching identity and religion among its Uighur communities." chinafile.com/reporting-opin…
In October, historian @RianThum and journalists Gulchehra Hoja of @RFA and @BeijingPalmer of @ForeignPolicy discussed the current crisis in #Xinjiang in a public event organized by @chinafile at @AsiaSociety. Watch the video:
In November, @CentralAsiaProg at George Washington University organized a one-day, three-panel symposium on the mass incarceration of #Uighurs featuring an all-star line-up of Uighur and China experts and scholars. Watch the full recording here: centralasiaprogram.org/archives/12715
In December, the @LowyInstitute hosted a panel discussion on #Xinjiang, featuring @nuryturkel of @uyghurproject, Dr Mamtimin Ala, President of the Australian Uighur Association, David Brophy of Sydney University, and Lowy Institute researcher Kelsey Munro. lowyinstitute.org/news-and-media…
Listen to @RFERL's podcast on the repercussions of China’s policies in #Xinjiang, featuring @robertsreport of GWU, Tyntchtyk Chorotegin, Kyrgyz historian & former director of RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service, and Torokul Doorov, director of RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service rferl.org/a/majlis-podca…
More than 600 scholars and researchers in 40 countries have signed onto a joint statement on #China's mass detention of Turkic minorities: concernedscholars.home.blog/2018/11/26/the… and many have also signed onto the Xinjiang Initiative xinjianginitiative.wixsite.com/xjinitiative
.@BitterWinterMag has emerged as another key English-language source of info on the repression and discrimination against Muslims in #Xinjiang and elsewhere in #China. The reprisal against its in-country reporters is a grim indicator of its importance bitterwinter.org/dozens-of-bitt…
In Nov, Bitter Winter released exclusive video footage and photos of the interior of a #Xinjiang internment camp, chilling evidence that these are anything but “education” or “vocational traininng” facilities by any stretch of the imagination. bitterwinter.org/camps-for-uygh…
The articles highlighted in this thread are only a small selection. For a longer list, see this compilation (thanks to @donaldcclarke for flagging it): bit.ly/xinjianginfo
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