Turkish protesters march in support of Uighurs after Ozil comments

Source: Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters marched in support of China’s Uighurs in Istanbul on Friday and voiced solidarity with Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil after the furore caused by his criticism of China’s policies toward the Muslim minority.

Last week, soccer star Ozil, a German Muslim of Turkish origin, posted messages on social media calling minority Uighurs “warriors who resist persecution” and criticized both China’s crackdown and the silence of Muslims in response.

Members of Istanbul crowd held up banners reading “Stop the cruelty” and chanted “Murderer China, get out of East Turkestan” and “East Turkestan is not alone”, using the name that Uighur exiles use for Xinjiang.

The United Nations and human rights groups estimate that between 1 million and 2 million people, mostly ethnic Uighur Muslims, have been detained in harsh conditions in Xinjiang as part of what Beijing calls an anti-terrorism campaign.…Read More

European Parliament Passes Resolution Condemning China on Treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang

Source: RFA

The European Parliament on Thursday approved a resolution condemning the mass incarceration of Uyghurs in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and reiterating its call for unfettered access to the region for independent journalists and international observers.

The resolution was approved a day after the parliament presented the 2019 Sakharov Prize—its top human rights award—to the daughter of jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti for “fighting for the rights of China’s Uyghur minority” in the XUAR, where authorities are believed to have detained some 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas in a vast network of internment camps since April 2017.

“[The European Parliament] strongly condemns the sending of hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs and ethnic Kazakhs to political ‘re-education camps’ on the basis of a system of predictive policing,” the resolution reads.…Read More

Daughter of Jailed Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti Accepts Sakharov Prize For Her Father

Source: RFA

The daughter of jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti accepted the European Parliament’s 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on his behalf on Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to protest China’s policies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

Tohti, a former professor of economics at the Central University for Nationalities in Beijing, was sentenced to life in prison for “separatism” by the Urumqi Intermediate People’s Court in the XUAR on Sept. 23, 2014, despite having worked for more than two decades to foster dialogue and understanding between Uyghurs and Han Chinese.

The European Parliament said in October it had selected Tohti, 49, for the Sakharov Prize—its top human rights award—for “fighting for the rights of China’s Uyghur minority” in the XUAR, where authorities are believed to have detained some 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas in a vast network of internment camps since April 2017.…Read More

Scholar Visited Xinjiang, Told the Truth—and Lost His Job in Albania

Source: BitterWinter

Last week, Arsenal’s football star Mesut Özil denounced the persecution of Uyghur and other Turkic Muslims in the dreaded transformation through education camps. The CCP not only threatened Arsenal to cancel its lucrative contracts with China, but invited Özil to visit the camps. “We welcome Mr. Ozil to come to Xinjiang if he has the chance, to take a walk and look around, as long as he has a conscience, is able to distinguish right from wrong and uphold the principles of objectivity and fairness, he will see a different Xinjiang,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

Presumably, the CCP believes that footballers should be extremely naïve. It is true that thousands of foreign guests have been wined and dined by the CCP in Xinjiang, and some have reported that the transformation through education camps are just nice “schools,” but more than once propaganda backfired.…Read More

Mesut Ozil’s free speech on China must be preserved, even if Arsenal stay silent

Source: iNews

Arsenal footballer Mesut Ozil’s social media post about the political situation in Xinjiang has prompted an angry response from the Chinese authorities.

Ozil’s accusation that China is persecuting the predominantly Muslim Uighur minority has been dismissed by Beijing as “fake news”. Meanwhile, a Gunners match was pulled from the state TV schedule and Chinese football fans have reportedly burned Arsenal shirts in protest at the player’s comments.

Amnesty International has extensively documented the situation in Xinjiang over the past several years. We have interviewed more than 400 people outside of China whose relatives in Xinjiang are still missing, as well as individuals who said they were tortured while in detention camps there. We also collected satellite photos of the camps and analysed official Chinese documents that detail the mass-internment programme. This is what is really happening.


The Brief: ‘the last time I was able to talk to my father was 2014’


The Uyghur economist and human rights activist Ilham Tohti is this year’s Sakharov Prize winner for dedicating his life to the fight for the rights of China’s Muslim minority. In prison for the past 5 years, he won’t be able to collect it. Euronews interviewed his daughter, Jewher Ilham.

“The last time I was able to talk to my father was 2014 over Skype and that was the day before he was arrested. The last time I heard about my father was 2017. End of the 2017 I believe it was the last time a lawyer was allowed to visit my father. My father drafted his own appeal to the court by himself but it got rejected and I believe that the court didn’t even read his appeal,” explains Jewher lham.


Why does Beijing fear the Uyghur community?

Source: ABC

China’s government says it’s refashioning the camps it uses to detain Uyghur Muslims in the Western Province of Xinjian into training centres for farmers and herders.

China has been under intense pressure to end the incarceration of what the UN estimates is between 1 million and 3 million Uyghurs.

Rushan Abbas is a Uyghur leader now based in the US

She has been touring Australia urging officials to implement sanctions on China.