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    China's Mass Detention of Xinjiang's Ethnic Minorities Shows No Sign of Let-up

    Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are continuing their wave of arrests of ethnic minority Kazakhs and Uyghurs, sources in the regional told RFA on Wednesday.

    A Kazakh source close to the police department in Xinjiang's regional capital, Urumqi, said police are now being issued with quotas for the detention of the mostly Muslim Uyghurs and ethnic Kazakhs.

    Police are targeting anyone who expresses a critical opinion of the ruling Chinese Communist Party on social media, as well as those with overseas links, such as family who live or study abroad, sources said.

    Many of those detained are being sent to re-education centers across the region, while some face criminal prosecution, they said.

    "They have to detain 3,000 Kazakhs or Uyghurs per week," the Kazakh source close to the Urumqi police department said.

    A second Kazakh source gave the example of Urumqi sole trader Adilbek Hasmubai, who was reported to police after he sent his computer to a repair shop and the shop assistant viewed photos and images of a Kazakhstan lawmaker stored on the hard drive, and reported him to police.

    Adilbek, 32, was taken away by police in Urumqi, and several of his friends and associates were later also detained, after his computer was found to contain images of them posing in photographs with Kazakhstan Mazhilis member Bekbolat Tleukhan, who has spoken out about China's treatment of Kazakhs.

    More than 20 people were detained in connection with the case in Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture and Tacheng city, including Aigul Musakhan, 28, Tumarbek Sadek, 32, and Tohtar Bisanbey, 32.

    An employee who answered the phone at the Tianshan district police department in Urumqi on Wednesday hung up immediately when contacted by RFA.

    The source said the number of detainees implicated in the Adilbek case alone would likely continue to expand.

    More cells being built

    A Kazakh source living in the north of Xinjiang said the recent waves of detentions has outstripped existing capacity, prompting the authorities to build more detention facilities, including those with cells just one meter high.

    "[new construction] has already started happening in the jails near where I live," the Kazakh source said. "I heard that there are two reasons for this: one is that the [existing jails] are packed with people, and the other is that they are making a distinction between political prisoners and ordinary criminals."

    "The ceilings are just one meter high, so a person can't stand upright: they have to squat down."

    A second source in the same area said authorities are continuing to confiscate the passports of Kazakhs in the region, in a policy that has long been used to restrict Uyghurs' freedom of movement.

    "They don't want them going to visit relatives in Kazakhstan," the source said. "They are planning to tell the United Nations Human Rights Council about this situation, to try to get their support."

    He said relatives who are citizens of Kazakhstan are also finding it hard to get Chinese visas to visit relatives in Xinjiang.

    Targeted for ties abroad

    Chinese authorities began detaining ethnic minority Kazakhs several months ago, sending them to police-run detention centers or re-education camps across the region.

    Those being targeted often have overseas links, including a history of overseas study or family and friends across the border in Kazakhstan.

    Chinese authorities are also believed to be holding a number of ethnic minority Kazakhs for wearing "Islamic" clothing and praying, a practice forbidden by the ruling Chinese Communist Party on university campuses across the country.

    Dozens of Kazakhs have also faced detention, intimidation, and the confiscation of their passports and other documents because they have family members living or studying overseas.

    Ethnic minority Kazakh Muslims were among some 200 ethnic minority holders of Chinese passports targeted in August by Egypt's secret police in an operation activists said was requested by Beijing.

    Official figures show that there are around 1.5 million Kazakhs in China, mostly concentrated in and around the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture.

    China has previously welcomed Kazakhs who wished to relocate from Kazakhstan, but many Kazakhs with Chinese nationality are now heading back in the other direction, with their numbers peaking at nearly 38,000 in 2006.

    China's Mass Detention of Xinjiang's Ethnic Minorities Shows No Sign of Let-up

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post

    "They have to detain 3,000 Kazakhs or Uyghurs per week," the Kazakh source close to the Urumqi police department said.
    Could this figure really be true ? That's a hell of a lot of resentment to be stirring up....

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    Been an increasing power keg region for a few decades vacant of mainstream attention.

    Something's gonna blow before long.

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    How far will China go to stop a muslim state within its borders?

    Probably as far as Myanmar....

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    RFA, now there's an informative site.

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    Prominent Uyghur Musician Arrested Amid Ideological Purge in Xinjiang

    Popular Uyghur singer and musician Abdurehim Heyit has been arrested without official explanation by authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region, sources say.

    News of Heyit’s arrest earlier this year was delayed in reaching outside contacts due to communications clampdowns imposed in the politically sensitive region as Chinese authorities continue to crack down on expressions of Uyghur cultural and national identity.

    Speaking to RFA’s Uyghur Service, Uyghur performing artists living overseas expressed shock and sadness at the news, calling Abdurehim an important contributor to Uyghur culture.

    “I learned that he had been arrested in March, and his colleagues later confirmed the news,” U.S.-based Uyghur poet Tahir Hamut told RFA. “We were very sad, but we couldn’t ask about his situation.”

    “Under current [Chinese] policies, it is impossible to determine whether he is now in prison or in a political re-education camp or whether he has been forcibly disappeared.”

    “No one dares to ask,” he said.

    Tahir said friends told him that Abdurehim had been arrested because of his performance of a song called Atilar, or “Forefathers.” The song had previously been cleared by government censors, though, he said.

    “Whether it is Uyghur intellectuals, artists, writers, or poets: nobody is being spared from the current purge.”

    'A powerful role'

    Also speaking to RFA, London-based Uyghur artist and singer Rahima Mahmut called Abdurehim “one of the best Uyghur singers and musicians,” adding she was horrified by the news of his arrest.

    “Abdurehim Heyit was a state artist, and all of his songs were approved by the Chinese government,” she said. “None of his songs were banned before.”

    Uyghur artists and writers have traditionally played a powerful role in “awakening the Uyghur people in the past,” she said.

    “This is what scares the Chinese government.”

    “But China is pursuing a dead-end policy, which will only intensify tensions and sharpen divisions [in Xinjiang],” she added.

    “This is not in China’s interest."



    Rachel Harris, British musician who studies and plays Uyghur music, said she first met Abdurehim Heyit in 1997 and was "in awe" of his musicianship.

    "This news came in the context of reports of many people being detained without charge and I was disturbed about the broader situation," she told RFA.

    "But with Abdurehim Heyit, as a music specialist, ... I thought that really his is a case that I should speak out about."

    "Like most people, I am hoping that this very extreme campaign cannot last forever," said Harris.
    Since Xinjiang party chief Chen Quanguo was appointed to his post in August last year, he has initiated several harsh policies targeting Uyghur intellectuals, writers, historians, artists and musicians.

    China regularly conducts “strike hard” campaigns in Xinjiang, including police raids on Uyghur households, restrictions on Islamic practices, and curbs on the culture and language of the Uyghur people, including videos and other material.

    While China blames some Uyghurs for "terrorist" attacks, experts outside China say Beijing has exaggerated the threat from the Uyghurs and that repressive domestic policies are responsible for an upsurge in violence there that has left hundreds dead since 2009.

    Prominent Uyghur Musician Arrested Amid Ideological Purge in Xinjiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    RFA, now there's an informative site.

    Which news outlet could I get accurate news about the Uyghur crackdown in China?

    Or are you implying there is no Chinese harrassment of Uygurs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Or are you implying there is no Chinese harrassment of Uygurs?
    Of course he doesn't think so. It's OhDoh he thinks that the Chinese government are angels who fart fairy dust being subjected to propaganda by the evil Americans.

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    RFA is an ameristani propaganda tool, yes?

    I'm sure there are some local reports if you ever tire of RFA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    I'm sure there are some local reports if you ever tire of RFA.

    Come on. Tell me where to find local reports besides RFA. Who else is sticking out their neck to go against China?

    You'd like for me to post up stories from the China Daily, where the propaganda says everything is roses with the Uygurs?

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    Try google/duckduckgo.... 5 or 6 pages at least of pages to select.

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    *snigger* The first news outlet listed on Duckduckgo.

    Uyghur - Radio Free Asia

    A selection of news from and about Uyghur people living in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Most of these articles were aired in Uyghur and can be found, in Uyghur

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    How far will China go to stop a muslim state within its borders?

    Probably as far as Myanmar....
    The Indian Ocean is their lake 'arry.

    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    *snigger* The first news outlet listed on Duckduckgo.
    Try looking at the other 500 or so, you may find a different viewpoint.

    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    ^
    Well that was a waste of electricity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    The Indian Ocean is their lake 'arry.


    As it always has been, for those who understand another perspective of world history.

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    Families of Uyghur Police Officers Among Those Detained in Xinjiang’s Kashgar

    Family members of ethnic Uyghur security personnel in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, who authorities had previously considered “off limits,” are among those now being detained as part of “stability” measures the officers have been tasked with enforcing, according to sources.

    Since April, thousands of Uyghurs accused of harboring “extremist” and “politically incorrect” views have been detained in political re-education camps and prisons throughout Xinjiang, where members of the ethnic group complain of pervasive discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression under Chinese rule.

    While authorities have generally avoided harassing the families of Uyghur security personnel and public servants during past crackdowns in Xinjiang, new reports suggest that even Uyghurs who serve the state risk arrest amid a string of harsh policies attacking the legitimate rights and freedoms of Uyghurs enacted since Communist Party secretary Chen Quanguo was appointed to run the region in August last year.

    Sources in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture’s Yengisar (Yingjisha) county recently told RFA’s Uyghur Service that Uyghur police officers and their family members are now being targeted as part of the very “stability” measures the officers are responsible for upholding.

    In September, a Chinese court in Kashgar city jailed Horigul Nasir, 21, for 10 years over claims by a friend that she had promoted the wearing of headscarves, a form of Islamic dress increasingly restricted by Chinese authorities, her brother Yusupjan Nasir told RFA at the time.

    Since his sister’s sentencing, Yusupjan Nasir has been removed from his position as an assistant officer at Yengisar county’s Saghan township police station, officers from various village branches confirmed to RFA recently.

    Local sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he had been demoted to the position of security guard at the township’s Family Planning Department.

    An officer from Saghan township’s No. 3 village police station told RFA that nearly half of the nine regular duty officers working there have family members who were detained.

    “There are four police officers whose relatives are in detention, including one whose siblings are being held … Sadirjan Ahet,” said the officer, who also asked to remain unnamed.

    Officer fired

    An officer at the Saghan township police station told RFA that at least one other policeman from the township, who had been promoted and served for the last five years as an assistant officer patrolling China’s border, was fired after his relatives were arrested for “extremism.”

    “Tursunjan Emet, a border police officer, was removed from his post—his father and two of his elder brothers were arrested,” the officer said.

    “Those whose family members have been convicted and sent to prison are removed from their jobs.”

    Kashgar prefecture is located along China’s borders with Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, but it was unclear where Emet had been posted on patrol.

    The officer could not confirm whether Emet’s colleagues had arrested his father and brother, saying only that “those police responsible for their area would have gone and detained them.”

    Ten-year sentence

    A security guard named Borhan recently told RFA that his eldest brother, Abduwasip Omer, had been jailed in Saghan township for “helping a woman to purchase a mobile phone” that was later used for an unspecified “illegal purpose.”

    “Later, I learned he received a prison sentence, but because I have been working 24-hour shifts, I’ve been unable to speak to my family regarding his case,” said Borhan, who is from nearby Topuluq township.

    “I hoped that I could find out more … but I was unable to return home.”

    Borhan said that his brother “and several others” in Saghan had been given 10-year prison sentences by local authorities without trials, and sent for re-education before local cadres went to their homes and informed their families.

    Most of the verdicts had been filled out by officials in charge of the township Political Law Committee and distributed by district secretaries to families, he added.

    According to Borhan, his brother’s prison term came just two years after he was released from another 10-year term. His sister had been arrested for asking about Omer’s whereabouts and held in a re-education camp ever since, he added.

    ‘Strike hard’ campaigns

    China regularly conducts “strike hard” campaigns in Xinjiang, including police raids on Uyghur households, restrictions on Islamic practices, and curbs on the culture and language of the Uyghur people, including videos and other material.

    While China blames some Uyghurs for "terrorist" attacks, experts outside China say Beijing has exaggerated the threat from the Uyghurs and that repressive domestic policies are responsible for an upsurge in violence there that has left hundreds dead since 2009.

    Families of Uyghur Police Officers Among Those Detained in Xinjiang?s Kashgar

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    China Holds 9 Uyghurs, 2 Others Over 'Terrorist, Extremist' Videos

    Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are holding 11 members of mostly Muslim ethnic minority groups on suspicion of promoting "terrorism, religious extremism and ethnic divisions" using online platforms.

    Since August, police in the region have investigated 15 cases of "disseminating illegal information online," the Xinjiang Internet Information Office said at the weekend.

    Nine of the "suspects" were Turkic-speaking, mostly Muslim Uyghurs, one a non-Uyghur Hui Muslim and one an ethnic Kazakh citizen of China, many of whom are also Muslims.

    They are accused of "using text messages, pictures, audio and video to promote, store and disseminate terrorist, religious extremist, ethnically divisive content and fake news," the statement said.

    Beijing blames some Uyghurs for a string of violent attacks and clashes in China in recent years, but critics say the government has exaggerated the threat from the ethnic group, and that repressive domestic policies are responsible for violence that has left hundreds dead since 2009.

    China regularly conducts “strike hard” campaigns in Xinjiang, including police raids on Uyghur households, restrictions on Islamic practices, and curbs on the culture and language of the Uyghur people.

    The government has detained large numbers of Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other ethnic minorities simply for posting religious videos not approved by officials, Qurans, prayer mats and traditional clothing, all of which have been described as evidence of "extremism" by Chinese police in recent months.

    Among the detainees were a 50-year-old resident of Aksu, a 32-year-old resident of Bozhou, a resident of Urumqi and a resident of Kashgar, all Uyghurs accused of possessing and disseminating "terrorist" videos, the Internet Information Office said.

    'Terrorist videos' meaning unclear
    Meanwhile, an ethnic Kazakh from Bozhou and a 22-year-old Hui Muslim stand accused of disseminating "religious extremist propaganda," it said.

    An employee who answered the phone at the Xinjiang regional government's internet reporting hotline declined to give details about what was meant by "terrorist videos" in the statement.

    "Illegal and substandard content includes the online dissemination of undesirable video and religious extremism, as well as rumor-mongering of a political nature, etc," the employee said.

    Asked for further details, the employee said: "We just receive the tip-offs here, but it's up to the police to define whether or not the content is illegal or against regulations."

    Thousands of Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities are being held in re-education camps across Xinjiang without contact with their families under a policy designed to counter "extremism," local officials have told RFA’s Uyghur Service.

    The camps are now formally referred to as “Professional Education Schools,” after being called “Socialism Training Schools” and other names since their early 2017 inception as “Counter-extremism Training Schools,” the official said.

    The camps are in operation throughout Xinjiang and contain detainees from the Uyghur, Kyrgyz and Kazakh communities – all Turkic-speaking, mostly Muslim minorities in China – under policies introduced by hardline Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, sources have said.

    Officials have described the facilities as closed schools, because authorities keep internees detained day and night, subjecting them to political and ideological "re-education" for an indefinite period.
    Ilshat Hassan, President of Uyghur American Association said the latest arrest showed that "China is further intensifying the suppression of the peaceful Uyghur people after the 19th Congress."
    "Some Uyghurs had hopes of change after the CCP Congress but that was only wishful thinking. The reality is the situation is only getting worse,” he told RFA's Uyghur Service, referring to last month's five-yearly Communist Party congress.
    Pressure on Kazakhs
    The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Chinese government to free the thousands of people placed in Xinjiang camps
    since April 2017 and close them down.

    Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the exile World Uyghur Congress group, said the ruling Chinese Communist Party has already succeeded in controlling what its citizens see online, and is targeting ethnic minorities as part of a systematic program of oppression.

    "This so-called charge of disseminating illegal content is all about the Chinese government's fear that Uyghurs will start expressing their anger and discontent online," Raxit said.

    "This tightening of online monitoring in the region is, in reality, another way to prevent Uyghurs getting a hold of information outside the government's controlled monopoly," he said.

    "I worry that this will lead to even more people being detained by the local authorities."

    Meanwhile, the Xinjiang authorities are continuing to put pressure on ethnic Kazakhs with relatives across the border in Kazakhstan, local sources said.

    Sources in Urumqi said an elderly Kazakh woman was recently forced to sign a document declaring "an end to the maternal relationship with my son" and to cancel her grown son's household registration document linked to his family home, to enable him to get a visa to come home and visit her after he obtained Kazakhstan citizenship.

    New rules introduced since August have made it almost impossible for naturalized citizens of Kazakhstan who were once holders of Chinese passports to get a visa to come and visit relatives.

    Visa applications require proof that the household registration, or "hukou", back in China has been canceled before a former Chinese citizen may return to the country, sources said.

    "The police made a mother write this declaration of the ending of maternal relations with her son," an Urumqi-based Kazakh said. "Otherwise, they would have charged him with the crime of holding dual nationality, which would have meant he couldn't come back to China."

    China Holds 9 Uyghurs, 2 Others Over 'Terrorist, Extremist' Videos

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Nine of the "suspects" were Turkic-speaking, mostly Muslim Uyghurs, one a non-Uyghur Hui Muslim and one an ethnic Kazakh citizen of China, many of whom are also Muslims.
    Seems a remarkably small number. China has a population of 1,411,000,000 of which 11,000,000 approx. are Uyghurs.

    So 9 out of 1,411,000,000.

    Mountains and molehills seem to be in order.

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    China Carries Out 'Mass Detentions' of Ethnic Kazakhs in Xinjiang

    Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained hundreds of ethnic Kazakh business owners this month, freezing their bank accounts and assets pending "investigation," RFA has learned.

    Police in Dorbiljin (in Chinese, Emin) county, Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture have swooped on an estimated 500 ethnic Kazakh traders and businesses in raids from Nov. 6-11, sources said.

    Meanwhile, the authorities are also targeting anyone remitting funds to relatives across the border in Kazakhstan, they said.

    A resident of Dorbiljin who asked to remain anonymous said the raids had begun in early November, targeting ethnic Kazakhs in particular.

    "In Dorbiljin county in the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, there have been large numbers of arrests in November," the source said.

    "They have detained 500 Kazakhs in the space of just a few days, the majority of them business people, some of them very wealthy, others sole traders," he said.

    "What's more, they have sent them all off to Yining city," the resident said, in a reference to the prefectural capital.

    The Kazakh source said that banks in Ili have also been ordered by the "strike hard" office of the prefectural government to freeze the accounts and assets of those detained.

    Hard-line ethnic minority policies
    Repeated calls to the Dorbiljin county government offices rang unanswered during office hours on Monday.

    An operator who answered the phone at the regional information line said there was no number listed for the Yining Detention Center.

    The report from Ili on sweeping detentions of ethnic minority Kazakhs comes after months reports that Chineseauthorities in Xinjiang are continuing to detain large numbers of Uyghurs in "political study centers" similar to prison camps.The campaign is thought to be the brain child of Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanquo, who took over the region in August 2016 and brought hard-line ethnic minority policies he had previously rolled out in Tibet.

    The crackdown on Uyghurs -- who, like Kazakhs, are Turkic-language speakers and mostly Muslims -- has seen large numbers of males taken away for re-education, leaving women and children to work the fields. Students who traveled to Egypt for Islamic studies have been rounded up by Egyptian authorities at China's behest, with some being taken back to China and most held incommunicado.

    As in the case with the Uyghurs, those Kazakhs being targeted often have overseas links, including a history ofoverseas study or family and friends across the border in Kazakhstan.

    Chinese authorities are also believed to be holding a number of ethnic minority Kazakhs for wearing "Islamic" clothing and praying, a practice forbidden by the ruling Chinese Communist Party on university campuses across the country.

    SIM card, money transfer
    Meanwhile, Anargul Malik, a former Chinese national who acquired citizenship of Kazakhstan, told RFA that her sister, Margul Malik, is being held in a "closed political study center."

    Malik said her sister, who lives in Xinjiang's regional capital Urumqi, was detained two months ago, with no word to the family, while she was still breastfeeding her two-year-old son.

    "Her two-year-old son is getting thinner and ... his weight has dropped by two kilos," Malik, who is a doctor, said. "She was taken just two weeks after miscarrying her second child, and I am afraid that she might have a hemorrhage."

    She traced her sister's troubles back to her visit to Xinjiang two months earlier, during which she borrowed her sister's ID card to buy a SIM card for her phone, prompting the police to question them both.

    She said her sister's detention could also have been triggered by a transfer she made of 10,000 yuan to her sister's account in China.

    "I sent her 10,000 yuan, and less than two hours later, the police came and took her away," Malik said. "We have had no news of her to this day."

    "We don't even know if she's dead or alive. I have been three times [to China to enquire], but the police refuse to give me an answer," she said.

    Official figures show that there are around 1.5 million Kazakhs in China, mostly concentrated in and around the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture.

    China has previously welcomed Kazakhs who wished to relocate from Kazakhstan, but many Kazakhs with Chinese nationality are now heading back in the other direction, with their numbers peaking at nearly 38,000 in 2006.

    China Carries Out 'Mass Detentions' of Ethnic Kazakhs in Xinjiang

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    China Detains Family on Return From Kazakhstan as Mass Detentions Continue

    Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained an ethnic Kazakh family after they returned from a visit to relatives in neighboring Kazakhstan, sources in the region said on Friday.


    Nurhoja Teksi was detained alongside his wife and two elderly relatives last month after crossing the border into China following a lengthy stay in Almaty, a Kazakhstan-based source said.


    The couple were in the process of taking the elderly relatives back to visit their hometown in Xinjiang’s Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, she said.


    “Nurhoja was en route to Mongolküre county in Ili prefecture, traveling on a truck along with his wife,” the source said. “They had said they would be back in a couple of days, and four of them went, and were all detained.”


    She added: “Their two kids are still here in Almaty. The neighbors are looking after them.”


    A second Kazakhstan source said Chinese authorities are now routinely detaining ethnic minority Kazakhs who attend mosque or who pray regularly.


    The majority of them are handed prison sentences of 3-7 years, but the authorities seldom inform their families of their whereabouts or sentences, the source said.


    The families are therefore unable to hire defense lawyers for their loved ones, he said.


    He said many of the relatives of those detained are themselves living under the threat of reprisals from police, so they daren’t speak out about the detainees.


    A third Kazakh source said he had recently been back to China to cancel his household registration, a mandatory requirement for naturalized Kazakhstan nationals to get visas to visit friends and family back in China.


    He said many of his family members had refused to see him, and the police are currently patrolling the streets of all ethnic Kazakh areas.


    He quoted his brother as saying: “Forgive me brother, but I can’t let you visit. I have two sons, both of whom have been detained, and I now have more than 50 of my friends and relatives in ‘study centers’.”



    Mass detentions of Uyghurs, Kazahks


    Sources estimate that Chinese authorities in Xinjiang have detained hundreds of ethnic Kazakhs this month, freezing their bank accounts and assets pending "investigation," for “extremist” behavior that includes normal Islamic practices.


    Both Kazakhs and ethnic minority Uyghurs are being detained in “political study centers” in unprecedented numbers across the region, RFA has learned.


    The crackdown on Uyghurs -- who, like Kazakhs, are Turkic-language speakers and mostly Muslims -- has seen large numbers of males taken away for re-education, leaving women and children to work the fields.


    Students who traveled to Egypt for Islamic studies have been rounded up by Egyptian authorities at China's behest, with some being taken back to China and most held incommunicado.


    There are also moves afoot by authorities in the Altay region, near the Kazakhstan border, to “strengthen Han culture” in the border region, by insisting that minority groups learn to speak better Mandarin, according to a video shared with RFA by a local source.


    “Elderly Kazakhs are now learning Mandarin, in their 70s and 80s,” an Altay-based Kazakh who asked to remain anonymous said on Friday.
    “As you can see in the video, they keep trying to pronounce the word ‘dangran’, but they can’t say it,” he said. “The elderly never do speak it well, and now they are being made to speak Mandarin.”


    He said Kazakh has now been eliminated from the curriculum in the region’s schools, where all classes are taught in Mandarin, a move that contravenes China’s own laws governing the administration of the country’s autonomous regions and sub-regions.


    Official figures show that there are around 1.5 million Kazakhs in China, mostly concentrated in and around the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture.


    China has previously welcomed Kazakhs who wished to relocate from Kazakhstan, but many Kazakhs with Chinese nationality are now heading back in the other direction, with their numbers peaking at nearly 38,000 in 2006.

    China Detains Family on Return From Kazakhstan as Mass Detentions Continue

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    Mainland China is actually the world's biggest terrorist state.

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    China Jails Ethnic Kazakh Man Over Quranic Recitation Audio

    Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have handed down a 16-and-a-half-year jail term to an ethnic Kazakh man on ethnic hatred charges, RFA has learned.

    Manat Hamit, 45, was handed the sentence in May by a court in Burultokay (in Chinese, Fuhai) county in Xinjiang's Altay prefecture, sources said.

    His appeal was rejected by a higher court, which upheld the original verdict and sentence.

    Manat's sister Nurisha Manat, who currently lives in neighboring Kazakhstan, said the family has tried to to help him, but that the authorities had refused to give them any information, or to accept a lawyer they hired to help prepare his appeal.

    "We didn't receive [any formal notification], but we heard from somebody that he planned to appeal," she said. "But the sentence remained at 16 years, for two charges, I believe, one of which was to do with ethnic separatism."

    "He received 16 years ... He was detained at the end of April, and the trial was in July," she said.

    "I think he had a lawyer but I could never manage to get through on the lawyer's number from here."

    She said anyone who knew Manat in his hometown had also been targeted by police, and daren't speak out about his detention and sentencing.

    An unnamed source in Manat's hometown described him as a scholarly civil servant who was detained on April 25 after the authorities found audio files of Quranic recitations on his computer.

    He was initially accused of "disseminating terrorism-related audiovisual material," and "incitement to racial hatred and to racial discrimination."

    He was sentenced in May at a secret trial, with no access to family visits or a lawyer.

    'Extremist acts'

    The authorities had quickly located the audio files, which Manat had downloaded two years beforehand, and placed him under criminal detention.

    The court indictment said: "Manat used religious extremist acts that amount to disseminating terrorist audiovisual content and incitement to ethnic hatred and discrimination."

    A court typically hands down such heavy jail terms based on its view that a person's actions have done "serious harm" to society.

    Repeated calls to the Burultokay county court, the Altay Intermediate People's Court and to Manat's former employers, the Burultokay county government personnel department, rang unanswered during office hours on Wednesday.

    Local news website Yaxinwang said Manat had won an official award for his government work in 2015.

    A Kazakh source living in Altay said the authorities are still waging a crackdown on ethnic minority Kazakhs who have ties with friends and family in neighboring Kazakhstan, including those who return to China after visiting them.

    "It's not just in Altay: it's across the whole of Xinjiang," the source said. "If you go to Urumqi, the people there are scared, too, with surveillance cameras watching them, the police can be there in the space of a minute."

    "People are afraid to allow friends and relatives from overseas to stay in their homes, because the police won't allow it, and force them to go and stay in a hotel or guesthouse for foreigners," the source said.

    Hundreds held

    Sources estimate that Chinese authorities in Xinjiang have detained hundreds of ethnic Kazakhs this month, freezing their bank accounts and assets pending "investigation," for “extremist” behavior that includes normal Islamic practices.

    Both Kazakhs and ethnic minority Uyghurs are being detained in “political study centers” in unprecedented numbers across the region.

    Students who traveled to Egypt for Islamic studies have been rounded up by Egyptian authorities at China's behest, with some being taken back to China and most held incommunicado.

    There are also moves afoot by authorities in Altay to “strengthen Han culture” in the border region, by insisting that minority groups learn to speak better Mandarin.

    Official figures show that there are around 1.5 million Kazakhs in China, mostly concentrated in and around the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture.

    China has previously welcomed Kazakhs who wished to relocate from Kazakhstan, but many Kazakhs with Chinese nationality are now heading back in the other direction, with their numbers peaking at nearly
    38,000 in 2006.

    China Jails Ethnic Kazakh Man Over Quranic Recitation Audio

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    Mainland China is actually the world's biggest terrorist state.
    True !

    The Government doesn't trusts it's citizens !
    The citizens don't trust the government !
    Neighbors don't trust each other !
    Relatives / Family members don't trust each other !

    Chinese citizens can work hard, become multi millionaires, travel abroad, come back home and..........and find out that all their wealth has been taken with NO questions allowed.

    A society of total MISS TRUST !

    Now google that in your ducky website

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    Ohhh, and to top it off, life in China reminds me of a song:

    "Sometimes all I need is the air that I breath just to love you"......... cough, cough, cough....cough...excuse me....cough......cough..... ahemmmm cough. Can someone shut the window.

    Have you heard about the newly advance sterilization technique from China ?
    It's called Air Pollution ! Its free and given to you without prescription from your local Politburo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman View Post
    True !

    The Government doesn't trusts it's citizens !
    The citizens don't trust the government !
    Neighbors don't trust each other !
    Relatives / Family members don't trust each other !

    Chinese citizens can work hard, become multi millionaires, travel abroad, come back home and..........and find out that all their wealth has been taken with NO questions allowed.

    A society of total MISS TRUST !

    Now google that in your ducky website

    If only it happened in China eh, then you might have a point.

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