The predominantly Muslim Uighur ethnic group are among the minorities targeted in what Beijing claims is a campaign to tackle unrest and separatism. The UN says a million Uighurs have been arbitrarily detained in extralegal “political reeducation camps,” whilst Human Rights Watch reports that surveillance and repression in Xinjiang has increased dramatically since 2016.

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43 countries call on Beijing to respect Uyghur rights at UN, as ambassador denounces ‘plot to hurt China’

Forty-three countries have called on China to “ensure full respect for the rule of law” for the Muslim Uyghur community in Xinjiang, in a statement read at the United Nations on Thursday that sparked outrage from Beijing. The declaration, signed by the United States as well as several European and Asian member states and others,…

Activists unfurl Tibet flag and ‘no genocide’ banner at Beijing Olympic flame ceremony in Greece

Activists unfurled a Tibetan flag and a banner that said “no genocide” at the flame-lighting ceremony for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in Greece on Monday. The demonstrators produced the flag and the banner following the ceremony in Olympia attended by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. Security guards forced the demonstrators, who were standing…

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How Beijing uses family videos to try to discredit Uyghur advocates

By Emily Upson Uyghurs are living under a reign of terror in East Turkistan (otherwise known as Xinjiang): as the government’s crackdown on them worsens, increasingly serious reports of mass detentions, forced sterilisations and systematic rape have been emerging. Those who have escaped the region believe their relatives face restrictions in communicating with them. As…

Clubhouse app brought a brief flowering of détente – until Beijing clamped down

For about a week in early February, there was a burst of excitement about Clubhouse, an invitation-only app offering audio chats. Chinese-language salons involved thousands of people from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan discussing political and other topics. Sadly, but not surprisingly, this came to an end on February 8 when Clubhouse was banned in…

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