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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 31.05.2022

Xinjian leak reveals extent of Chinese abuses in Uyghur camps

A leak of thousands of photos and official documents from Xinjiang has shed new light on the extent of alleged abuses against the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China’s far western region. The files, obtained by US-based academic Adrian Zenz, were published as UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet began a long-awaited and controversial trip to Xinjiang where Beijing is accused of “crimes against humanity” for its treatment of the Uighurs.

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Uyghur groups slams UN Rights Czar over “wasted opportunity” during trip to Xinjiang

A Uyghur rights group on Saturday expressed “serious disappointment” in the outcome of U.N. Human Rights czar Michelle Bachelet’s trip to Xinjiang, which it said had amounted to “a propaganda opportunity for China to whitewash its crimes against humanity and genocide against the Uyghur people.”

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A cross-party group of 110 UK lawmakers call for an audit of Hong Kong & Chinese Officials assets

Led by Siobhain McDonagh MP, Iain Duncan Smith MP, and Tom Tugendhat MP, the letter urges the Foreign Secretary to use the upcoming secondary anniversary of the introduction of the National Security Law as an opportunity to consider the asset audit, which it notes could serve as the basis for a future Hong Kong specific sanctions list.

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UN Rights Chief has wasted historic opportunity to assess Uyghur Genocide

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) expresses its serious disappointment in the outcomes of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet’s, visit to China, including a trip to East Turkistan. As the WUC and various other Uyghur and human rights groups rightly warned about, the visit has turned out to be a propaganda opportunity for China to whitewash its crimes against humanity and genocide against the Uyghur people.

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UN visit falls short of addressing crimes against humanity in Xinjiang: Amnesty

The High Commissioner’s visit has been characterized by photo opportunities with senior government officials and manipulation of her statements by Chinese state media, leaving an impression that she has walked straight into a highly predictable propaganda exercise for the Chinese government.

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Uyghur women subjected to sexual violence in CCP's Xinjiang Repression: US Religious Freedom Commissioner

Uyghur women are victims of sexual violence under the Chinese regime’s campaign of repression in Xinjiang, regardless of whether they are detained in an internment camp or not, according to Nury Turkel, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

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China warns overseas Uyghurs to keep quiet during UN visit

Two weeks before a visit by the U.N. human rights chief, China’s state security police warned Uyghurs living in Xinjiang that they may suffer consequences if their relatives living abroad spoke out about internment camps in the region.

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