The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.




Released on 16.09.2022






Famine in the Uyghur Region: “Incident” or a New Path to Genocide?


Last weekend, Uyghur organizations held protests in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC and called on the Chinese government to take the necessary measures to stop the famine in East Turkestan (Ch. Xinjiang), which has been caused by the COVID-19 lockdown in the region.


Read more: bitterwinter.org



TikTok claims it’s not collecting US users’ biometric data, despite what privacy policy says


Last year, TikTok quietly updated its privacy policy to allow the app to collect biometric data on U.S. users, including “faceprints and voiceprints” — a concerning change that the company declined to detail at the time or during a subsequent Senate hearing held last October.


Read more: techcrunch.com



Wang Xinmin: Veteran Falun Gong Prisoner Sentenced Again


An appeal decision confirmed a verdict of 4 and a half years against a 73-year-old Falun Gong practitioner who has already spent 13 years in jail. Wang Xinmin is a good example of how Falun Gong practitioners, once identified and arrested for the first time by the Chinese police, face the alternative between renouncing their faith and spending most of their future life in jail.


Read more: bitterwinter.org



Europe Plans to Ban Goods Made With Forced Labor


The European Union said on Wednesday that it aimed to ban all goods that were the product of forced labor, a move that analysts predicted could hit exports from Xinjiang, the Chinese region where Beijing is believed to be forcing ethnic Uyghurs to work in camp

Read more: nytimes.com



Uyghur women being forced to abort their children by Chinese government-Rushan Abbas

Rushan became one of the most prominent Uyghur voices in international activism following her sister’s detainment by the Chinese government in 2018. She testified in 2019 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in regard to the emergence of concentration camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and the threat of Chinese power in the Eastern Pacific.

Read more: greensavannahdiplomaticcable.com



Ahead Of Xi's Visit, Pressure Increases On Kazakhs Who Have Protested Relatives' Detention In Xinjiang


Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's official visit to Kazakhstan later this week, many Kazakhs who have been demanding the release of their relatives from camps in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang have found themselves under pressure from authorities.


Read more: rferl.org



York researcher to address UN in call for action on modern slavery


Professor Tomoya Obokata, from the University of York’s Law School, is today (15 September) presenting his independent report on modern slavery and forced labour to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. For the report, Professor Obokata conducted an independent analysis of testimonies from NGOs, alleged victims and independent academic reports and consulted with the Chinese government.


Read more: york.ac.uk