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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    ^How heart-breaking how they care...
    More than China . . . your point?

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    US Congress Passes Uyghur Rights Act Authorizing Sanctions For Abuses in Xinjiang

    The U.S. Congress passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 on Wednesday, marking the first legislation by any government to target China for its persecution of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), despite threats of retaliation from Beijing.


    The passage comes as the U.S. House of Representatives voted 413-1 via proxy to approve the bill that would sanction Chinese government officials—including regional Communist Party secretary Chen Quanguo—responsible for arbitrary incarceration, forced labor and other abuses in the XUAR, home to internment camps holding as many as 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslims.


    The bill, which was also passed unanimously by the Senate in mid-May, condemns the Chinese Communist Party for the three-year-old internment camp program and requires regular monitoring of the situation in the region by U.S. government bodies for the application of sanctions once signed into law by President Donald Trump.


    It also addresses Chinese government harassment of Uyghurs living inside the United States—an increasing threat from Chinese diplomatic missions and Communist Party-controlled United Front organizations in Western countries.


    In a statement following its passage in the Senate, Republican Senator Marco Rubio—who along with Democratic Senator Bob Menendez introduced the legislation—said China’s “systematic, ongoing efforts to wipe out the ethnic and cultural identities of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang is horrific and will be a stain on humanity should we refuse to act.”


    While Beijing initially denied the existence of the camps, China last year changed tack and began describing the facilities as “boarding schools” that provide vocational training for Uyghurs, discourage radicalization, and help protect the country from terrorism.


    But reporting by RFA’s Uyghur Service and other media outlets indicate that those in the camps are detained against their will and subjected to political indoctrination, routinely face rough treatment at the hands of their overseers and endure poor diets and unhygienic conditions in the often-overcrowded facilities.


    China has slammed moves to pass legislation in support of the Uyghurs as interference and warned of retaliation “in proportion” if Chen were targeted.


    Among those who have called for Beijing to shut down its camp system and end other rights violations in the region are U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, and several high-ranking lawmakers.


    While President Trump has largely remained silent on the situation in the XUAR, his administration has taken an increasingly tough stance against China amid tense relations over Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and, more recently, its likely rubber stamp passage of a new security law in Hong Kong that observers have warned severely threatens freedom of speech there.


    In the unlikely event that Trump vetoes the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, Congress could override him because of the near unanimous support the bill has received in both the House and the Senate.


    ‘A matter of priority’


    On Wednesday, the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC) exile group, welcomed the House approval of the bill following the Senate vote earlier this month and called on Trump to “urgently” sign it into law.


    “These recent developments have shown a renewed resolve from the U.S. government to take urgent, meaningful and sustained action to address the crisis in East Turkistan, that the act provides for,” the statement said, using the name preferred by Uyghurs for their homeland.


    “Once this bill is signed into law, it will constitute the first legislative initiative by a national government to address the Uyghur crisis. The bipartisan support for the act evidences by these recent votes gives hope to the Uyghur people and a mandate for the U.S. to implement the provisions of the act as a matter of priority.”


    The WUC noted that for three years, Uyghurs around the world have been calling on the international community to take concrete measures against the Chinese government for its abuses in the XUAR, while friends and family members of those in the diaspora increasingly disappear into the camp system.


    “We urge President Trump to sign the Uyghur Human Rights Policy into law as a matter of priority and take immediate steps to implement it,” WUC president Dolkun Isa said.


    “Our community needs the U.S. government and governments around the world to take real, meaningful action, as is provided for in this act. After years of suffering and frustration, the Uyghur people need hope.”


    The WUC also called on other government to emulate the U.S. in passing legislation that will hold China to account for the situation in the XUAR.


    The bill’s passage was also welcomed by the Washington-based Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), which said it would “help ensure that the issue is on the global policy agenda.”


    “The House and Senate have shown true global leadership,” UHRP director Omer Kanat said in a statement.


    “This is a signal to the entire world that now is the time to take action to end the Chinese government’s atrocities in East Turkistan.”


    Other actions


    Congress may also soon deliberate new legislation would prohibit imports from the XUAR to the U.S. amid growing evidence that internment camps in the region have increasingly transitioned from political indoctrination to forced labor, with detainees being sent to work in cotton and textile factories, many of which are located on the same grounds as the detention facilities.


    The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, introduced in March, would block imports from the region unless proof can be shown that they are not linked to forced labor.


    Meanwhile, the executive branch has been taking steps to hold entities responsible for enabling the persecution of Uyghurs to account by subjecting them to additional scrutiny.


    Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security announced that nine additional parties would be added to its Entity List for their involvement in human rights abuses in the XUAR, including eight companies and the Ministry of Public Security’s Institute of Forensic Science. The new additions mark an expansion from 28 entities placed on the list in October last year.


    Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection placed a withhold release order on hair products made by Hetian Haolin Hair Accessories in order to ensure that products made with forced labor do not reach U.S. shelves. The company was registered in an industrial park in Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) prefecture’s Lop (Luopu) county, in the same location as a detention camp.


    In a statement Wednesday, the UHRP welcomed U.S. government efforts to prevent the importation of goods made with Uyghur forced labor and encouraged other nations to take similar steps to address the issue.


    The organization also applauded House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for her recent appointment of Washington-based Uyghur attorney Nury Turkel to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent body that reviews violations of religious freedom internationally and makes policy recommendations to the White House, State Department, and Congress.


    In a statement welcoming the passage of the bill on Wednesday, Turkel said that Congress had sent "a powerful bipartisan message to the world that the Chinese government’s persecution of the Uyghurs is not forgotten."


    "The passage of this bill shows the best of this country and the American people to speak out in defense of those oppressed peoples’ rights and dignity," he told RFA.


    "USCIRF thanks the Members of Congress who tirelessly worked on this bill for more than a year. We urge President Trump to sign the bill into law soon for it to be enforced to address the ghastly human rights abuses that the Chinese government has committed against the Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in China."

    US Congress Passes Uyghur Rights Act Authorizing Sanctions For Abuses in Xinjiang

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    President Trump has largely remained silent on the situation in the XUAR
    That's because he doesn't have a fucking clue what or where it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    President Trump has largely remained silent on the situation in the XUAR
    That's because he doesn't have a fucking clue what or where it is.
    How dares he not to know. Surely more important to know than where is Minneapolis...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    How dares he not to know. Surely more important to know than where is Minneapolis...
    Why? Regale us with your brilliance and <insert adjective which shall not be named>

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    Anyway that's great news, I await HooHoo coming in and painting a portrait of happy Uighurs, spending their days hugging each other and indulging in a variety of peaceful handicrafts before finishing the day with a nice homecooked meal and a singalong.

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    Ethnic cleansing, chinky style.

    The Uighur community are being forced to undergo sterilisations and abortions.

    The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children.


    While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known, according to an AP investigation based on government statistics, state documents and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, family members and a former detention camp instructor.


    The campaign over the past four years in the far west region of Xinjiang is leading to what some experts are calling a form of “demographic genocide”.


    The state regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces intrauterine devices, sterilisation and even abortion on hundreds of thousands, the interviews and data show.
    China ‘carrying out demographic genocide’ against Muslim population - LBC News

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    It seems OhNo's chucked his dummy again and left Klondyke to fight the cause otherwise we'd have an article about Guantanamo Bay as a response

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    How heart-breaking the care for the Uighurs. Wondering what percentage of the "caring" population would mistaken it for swear-word...

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Anyway that's great news, I await HooHoo coming in and painting a portrait of happy Uighurs, spending their days hugging each other and indulging in a variety of peaceful handicrafts before finishing the day with a nice homecooked meal and a singalong.



    Strangely enough, that it more or less the picture being painted by the Chinese .......and about the Tibetans too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    It seems OhNo's chucked his dummy again and left Klondyke to fight the cause otherwise we'd have an article about Guantanamo Bay as a response
    As I already opined, one hopes he isn't stricken with the Wuhan virus. That would be bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Wondering what percentage of the "caring" population would mistaken it for swear-word...
    Well, there's you for a start . . .


    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    As I already opined, one hopes he isn't stricken with the Wuhan virus. That would be bad.
    You mean the Helsinki virus, as it is now known in China

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    You mean the Helsinki virus, as it is now known in China
    Is that what it is this week? Last week it was the "Norwegian Salmon" virus.

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    China Uighurs: A model's video gives a rare glimpse inside internment

    As a model for the massive Chinese online retailer Taobao, the 31-year-old was well paid to flaunt his good looks in slick promotional videos for clothing brands.


    But one video of Mr Ghappar is different. Instead of a glitzy studio or fashionable city street, the backdrop is a bare room with grubby walls and steel mesh on the window. And in place of the posing, Mr Ghappar sits silently with an anxious expression on his face.


    Holding the camera with his right hand, he reveals his dirty clothes, his swollen ankles, and a set of handcuffs fixing his left wrist to the metal frame of the bed - the only piece of furniture in the room.

    MORE China Uighurs: A model's video gives a rare glimpse inside internment - BBC News

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    OhOh and Klondyke will be along shortly to talk about Guantanamo Bay, Brixton and Manus Island soon instead of actually accepting the horrendous things China does

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    ^Who needs OhOh and Klondyke?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Who needs OhOh and Klondyke?
    For once, you've captured the prevailing mood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    For once, you've captured the prevailing mood.
    rat-a-tat-*ching*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    ^Who needs OhOh and Klondyke?

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    There has been hundreds of nasty Muslim attacks in china. Most of them probably deserve it. France should open detention camps for their problem too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    There has been hundreds of nasty Muslim attacks in china. Most of them probably deserve it. France should open detention camps for their problem too
    Backspin's feeble attempts at trolling are quite amusing.

    He's actually worse at it than Buttplug.

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    Three Camps in Xinjiang’s Uchturpan Believed to Hold Ten Percent of County’s Uyghur Population

    Three internment camps in one county in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s (XUAR) Aksu (in Chinese, Akesu) prefecture may be holding nearly 10 percent of the county’s Uyghur residents, according to local authorities, despite recent claims by Chinese officials that such facilities have all been shuttered.


    Authorities in the XUAR are believed to have held up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a vast network of camps since April 2017.


    Beginning in October 2018, Beijing acknowledged the existence of the camps, but described them as voluntary “vocational centers,” despite reporting by RFA’s Uyghur Service which has found that detainees are mostly held against their will in poor conditions, where they are forced to endure inhumane treatment and political indoctrination.


    In a July 2019 press conference, XUAR Chairman Shohret Zakir told reporters that more than 90 percent of internees from so-called “vocational training centers” had graduated from their “studies” and been placed into jobs. In later statements, the Chinese authorities claimed that all “centers” had been closed.


    Last week in Paris, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeated the claim that all those sent to the camps have been released and placed in employment.


    “The rights of all trainees in the education and training program, though their minds have been encroached by terrorism and extremism, have been fully guaranteed,” he said during a conference at the French Institute of International Relations. “Now all of them have graduated, there is no one in the education and training center now. They all have found jobs.”


    However, RFA recently spoke with police officers from Aksu’s Uchturpan (Wushi) county who directly contradicted the claims, not only confirming that at least three camps are still in operation in the county but estimating that together they are likely to hold more than 20,000 detainees.


    Uchturpan is a county consisting of six townships and three “bazaars,” or market centers, and has an official population of around 235,000—more than 90 percent of which is ethnic Uyghur. If the estimates are correct, the number of detainees in the three camps would account for nearly 10 percent of the county’s Uyghur residents.


    According to one Uyghur village police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity citing fear of reprisal, the largest of Uchturpan’s three operational camps is in a place known as “Kongtai,” located at the base of a mountainous area of the county.


    “I think they call the No. 1 center Kongtai … Yes, the largest internment camp [in the county] is this one,” he said, adding that there are “more than 10,000” people held there.


    ‘More than 20,000’


    The second camp is “where the old prison at Toqquzbulaq used to be,” the officer said. The camp is located around 1.5 kilometers (slightly less than a mile) from the county seat, he said, and around 5,000 people are being held there.


    The third camp is “in a vocational [high] school that was converted into a [detention] center … directly across the street from the Bureau of Public Security,” he added, although he said he was unsure of how many people are being held there.


    The school, which boarded students from throughout Uchturpan county, is also located catty-corner from office of the Uchturpan county government, he said.


    According to the officer, a fourth camp at a former police station in Uchturpan’s Imamlirim township—located near a veterinary hospital and a livestock bazaar—is no longer in operation.


    “They had people there before, initially, for something like two months, but then they moved them to Uchturpan,” he said, referring to the county seat.


    The officer said that he had never taken anyone from his jurisdiction to any of the three operational camps or been present at one of the camps when the family members of detainees were visiting.


    When asked how many people are held in the three operational camps in total, the officer said he was unsure, “but I would estimate that it’s more than 20,000.”


    RFA also spoke with a police officer in the seat of Uchturpan who said he was unsure of how many camps remain operational in the county but claimed that the second camp in Toqquzbulaq held “approximately 5,000-6,000” detainees.


    The confirmations of operational camps in Uchturpan align with information RFA has received from anonymous sources who said there were formerly six camps in the county but that detainees from three of them were moved to the facilities at Kongtai and the former prison at Toqquzbulaq after the two complexes were expanded in recent years.


    In addition to Imamlirim, the two other camps that have been closed were located near the Uchturpan County Party School and the Uchturpan No. 5 Elementary School.



    Former resident


    A Uyghur who is originally from Uchturpan, but currently lives in Kazakhstan, told RFA that Kongtai is “a very wide-open valley” located eight villages away from Aksu city.


    “In the past they would send people who’d been given the death penalty there,” said the Uyghur, who also declined to be named. “The camp called Kongtai is in the same place.”


    They also confirmed that the second camp was located Toqquzbulaq at the site of an old prison outside of the county seat.


    “There was a prison there before, from the time I was very small,” they said.


    “It wasn’t all that big in the past, though they’ve expanded it in the current situation.”


    The third camp, at the former vocational high school, is located at Dongkowruk bazaar, they said.


    It was called the Gucheng High School … They turned [Gucheng] into a boarding school where they would bring students from all the villages into the county to study,” the source said, noting it had been “a very large school.”


    The Uyghur source said they believe that the Uyghur population of Uchturpan is much larger than statistics show and suggested that “more than 35,000” members of the ethnic group are being held in various forms of detention in the county, including in camps, factories, and prisons.


    Reports of the continued operations of the camps in Uchturpan come a week after Buzzfeed said it had used satellite imagery to identify 268 structures built in the XUAR since 2017 “bearing the hallmarks of fortified detention compounds,” noting that there was “at least one in nearly every county” in the region.


    Amid international condemnation and U.S. sanctions, experts believe that China has begun sentencing Uyghurs held in internment camps to prison, providing legal cover to the detentions.

    https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyg...020142042.html

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    UK Parliament Launches Enquiry Into Xinjiang Internment Camps, Questions British Business Ties

    Britain’s parliament on Wednesday opened an investigation into British business connections with China’s internment camps and use of forced labor in its Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, vowing to find ways to end British firms’ support of repression in the region, media and other sources said.


    The enquiry, launched by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons, will also look for ways to strengthen atrocity-prevention mechanisms of Britain’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and to support ethnic Uyghurs driven into exile, sources said.


    The UK move follows calls by the European Union and the U.S. to investigate conditions in Beijing’s sprawling network of camps in the region, where authorities are believed to have held up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities since April 2017.


    Washington and others are also taking measures to block imports of suspect goods and to sanction and hold to account Chinese officials responsible for human rights violations in the XUAR.


    China’s treatment of its mostly Muslim ethnic Uyghur community “utterly abhorrent,” Layla Moran—foreign affairs spokeswoman for Parliament’s Liberal Democrats—said in a Sept. 16 statement, adding that the UK government now has a duty to act and impose sanctions to help stop the abuses.


    A Sept. 8 letter to China’s ambassador to the UK signed by 135 members of parliament had already signaled British lawmakers’ “extreme concern” over the situation in the XUAR, where authorities are believed to have held up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a vast network of internment camps since April 2017.


    China has sought to justify its network of camps as voluntary “vocational centers” despite reporting by RFA which has found that detainees are mostly held against their will in poor conditions, where they are forced to endure inhumane treatment and political indoctrination.


    “The UK has not done nearly enough,” Moran added in a Sept. 15 opinion piece in Britain’s newspaper The Times. “How any [government minister can watch the videos from the Xinjiang camps and decide that a course of relative inaction is beyond me.”


    “It is time the UK worked to regain our status as a country that defends and promotes human rights internationally,” Moran said.


    “The mass detention of Uighurs in Xinjiang has horrifying echoes of the 1930s,” said Conservative Party member and investigating committee chair Tom Tugendhat, quoted on Sept. 16 in the Hindustan Times. “There have been similar atrocities since, and each time the world has promised to never allow such violations to happen again.”


    “And yet, we now have clear, undeniable evidence of the persecution of more than one million people in these so-called re-education camps,” Tugendhat said, adding that his committee will look into ways the government can use to discourage private businesses in Britain from contributing to Beijing’s abuses in Xinjiang.


    The European Union on Monday called on China to allow independent observers to visit the XUAR to investigate China’s treatment of the Uyghurs, while in Washington the Trump administration announced new customs actions to block imports of Chinese products believed to be produced with forced labor.


    The Withhold Release Orders, measures intended to prevent goods suspected to have been made with forced labor from entering the United States, targeted three entities from Xinjiang and one from Anhui province in eastern China.


    Meanwhile, calls are growing in the U.S. for a boycott of Disney’s $200 million live-action film “Mulan,” shot partly in Xinjiang’s ancient Silk Road City of Turpan, with rights groups and others citing the new film’s links to entities responsible for repressing Uyghurs in the XUAR.


    UK Parliament Launches Enquiry Into Xinjiang Internment Camps, Questions British Business Ties

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    A great move ! Now for Tibet......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    A great move ! Now for Tibet......
    A bit late for that . . . after massive 're-education', forced sterilisation, incarceration, mass-immigration of Han and relocation - the place is lost

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