Xinjiang footage sheds new light on Uyghur detention camps

A YouTube video of Xinjiang detention facilities has rekindled concern over China’s crackdown on ethnic minorities. Researchers say the videos offer new evidence, but many fear for the vlogger’s safety. A 20-minute video featuring more than a dozen detention facilities in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has offered fresh evidence and renewed the discussion around China’s large-scaleContinue reading “Xinjiang footage sheds new light on Uyghur detention camps”

President Moon says end-of-war declaration is a ‘starting point to achieve peace’ at the East Asia Summit

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday took part in the East Asia Summit involving 18 nations including leaders of ASEAN members, South Korea, Japan, China, the U.S., Russia, Australia, India and New Zealand, where they discussed regional and international challenges. During the session, held virtually President Moon called for continued support for a formalContinue reading “President Moon says end-of-war declaration is a ‘starting point to achieve peace’ at the East Asia Summit”

Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai, holds Uyghurs

A young Chinese woman says she was held for eight days at a Chinese-run secret detention facility in Dubai along with at least two Uyghurs, in what may be the first evidence that China is operating a so-called “black site” beyond its borders. The woman, 26-year-old Wu Huan, was on the run to avoid extraditionContinue reading “Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai, holds Uyghurs”

India Shifts 50,000 Troops to China Border in Historic Move

India has redirected at least 50,000 additional troops to its border with China in a historic shift toward an offensive military posture against the world’s second-biggest economy. Although the two countries battled in the Himalayas in 1962, India’s strategic focus has primarily been Pakistan since the British left the subcontinent, with the long-time rivals fightingContinue reading “India Shifts 50,000 Troops to China Border in Historic Move”

World in ‘severe cascade of human rights setbacks’, UN human rights chief warns

The United Nations’ Human Rights chief called on Monday for “concerted action” to fight a severe deterioration of rights globally. “To recover from the most wide-reaching and severe cascade of human rights setbacks in our lifetimes, we need a life-changing vision — and concerted action to follow up,” Michelle Bachelet said in her opening statement to theContinue reading “World in ‘severe cascade of human rights setbacks’, UN human rights chief warns”

Uyghur exiles describe forced abortions, torture in Xinjiang

Three Uyghurs who fled from China to Turkey have described forced abortions and torture by Chinese authorities in China’s far western Xinjiang region, ahead of giving testimony to a people’s tribunal in London that is investigating if Beijing’s actions against ethnic Uyghurs amount to genocide. The three witnesses include a woman who said she wasContinue reading “Uyghur exiles describe forced abortions, torture in Xinjiang”

Xinjiang birth rates have fallen faster than any other territory on earth: report

Xinjiang in far western China had the sharpest known decline in birthrates between 2017 and 2019 of any territory in recent history, according to a new analysis by an Australian think tank. The report from the Australian Strategy Policy Institute, obtained exclusively ahead of publication by The Associated Press, showed the 48.74% decline was concentrated in areas withContinue reading “Xinjiang birth rates have fallen faster than any other territory on earth: report”

China urges U.N. states not to attend Xinjiang event next week

China has urged United Nations member states not to attend an event planned next week by Germany, the United States and Britain on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang, according to a note seen by Reuters on Friday. “It is a politically-motivated event,” China’s U.N. mission wrote in the note, datedContinue reading “China urges U.N. states not to attend Xinjiang event next week”

China Denies Tearing Down Mosques, Claims It’s ‘Reconstructing’ Them for Muslims’ Safety

The government of Xinjiang is denying reports that China is tearing down mosques throughout the region. A government spokesperson reportedly said the mosques are instead being reconstructed or repaired to provide better safety for the region’s Muslim population. The Global Times, an English-language tabloid owned by People’s Daily, the Chinese Community Party’s official newspaper, quoted a spokesperson for the Xinjiang government’s Information OfficeContinue reading “China Denies Tearing Down Mosques, Claims It’s ‘Reconstructing’ Them for Muslims’ Safety”

‘Break their roots’: New report details Chinese authorities’ alleged torture, rape of Uighur women

Mihrigul Tursun was one of more than 40 women in a 40-square metre underground cell. In Xinjiang, north-west China, they were chained at the wrists and ankles. It was their prison and their toilet. It had just one small hole in the ceiling for ventilation. The women, Tursun said, were stripped naked, forced to undergoContinue reading “‘Break their roots’: New report details Chinese authorities’ alleged torture, rape of Uighur women”

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