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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 10.05.2022

Over 220 Groups urgently demand UN High Commissioner Immediately Postpone her visit to China

Activists warn the upcoming visit risks aiding Beijing’s attempts to whitewash repression against Tibetans, Uyghurs, Hongkongers, Southern Mongolians, and others. Reports suggest that the UN High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, is due to visit China in less than two weeks and that her advance team arrived in China on 25 April.

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China razes Kashgar's iconic Grand Bazar

An RFA analysis of satellite images of the Grand Bazaar provided by PlanetLabs Inc. shows dramatic changes in the market, including the removal of buildings and the roofs of stalls, between photos taken on April 4 and May 4.

According to one local official, a new tourist attraction will arise in its place.

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Chinese journatist sentenced in Hainan for smearing reputation of CCP heroes

Authorities in the southern province of Hainan have jailed a former journalist for "impeaching the reputation of heroes and martyrs" after he commented online about the portrayal of China's role in the Korean War (1950-1953) in a ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda movie.

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Hong Kong pollster “had no choice” but to leave city amid crackdown on dissent

An outspoken public opinion researcher who recently left Hong Kong for the U.K. did so after being questioned under the national security law, which has sparked a city-wide crackdown on public dissent and political opposition to the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

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Xinjian Officials said to pay Uyghurs to perform dance at Kashgar mosque

Authorities in Kashgar allegedly paid Muslim Uyghur men to dance outside the most famous mosque in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region to celebrate the end of Ramadan, a performance that was filmed and released by state media ahead of an anticipated visit by the United Nations human rights chief later this month. Kashgar locals told RFA that people were not allowed to pray at Id Kah Mosque but instead were organized to dance on Eid al-Fitr on May 3

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44% of China's Imprisoned Jornalists are Uyghurs

A group of U.S. House lawmakers introduced a resolution on Tuesday, World Press Freedom Day, which named countries including China, Russia and Belarus as nations that committed “repressive and brutal actions” against journalists.

Bahram Sintash, a Uyghur American, said his father is one of the journalists detained in China.

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Canadian House of Commons adopts resolution supporting Sino-Tibetan dialogue

The highlight pertaining to Sikyong Penpa Tsering’s visit to Canada was most assuredly his appearance before the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development where he testified on the crisis of Tibet including the situation concerning Tibet’s 11th Panchen Lama who is missing for the last 27 years.

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