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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 17.02.2023

Once-silenced Uyghur leader finally speaks to the Italian Senate

The President of the World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa, was back in Rome, where a China-led initiative prevented him from speaking in 2017. Now, having been invited by Senator Terzi, he denounced the CCP’s mistreatments of ethnic minorities (and had a word with our journalists). Back in Rome. Dolkun Isa, President of the World Uyghur Congress, made his way to the Italian Senate on Sunday. There he spoke of the ethnic minority’s plight (at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party) by presenting his new book, “The China Freedom Trap.”

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Chinese being ‘paid to marry Muslims in plan to wipe out Uyghurs’

Human rights group finds Xinjiang officials are bribing and threatening Uyghur women into forced marriages Local authorities are using financial incentives and blackmail to force Uyghurs and members of the Han majority into arranged marriages in China’s western Xinjiang region, according to a report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), a Washington-based nonprofit. The report draws from official policy documents, social media posts and interviews with Uyghurs abroad.

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Uyghur groups call for UN action against China over rights abuses

During a two-day UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) review in Geneva, participants asked China's delegation about the country's treatment of minorities, including Uyghurs in the western region of Xinjiang, and measures to end forced labor and arbitrary detentions, among other issues.

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US restrictions on goods from China made with Uyghur forced labor worries Vietnam exporters

Vietnam-based exporters are concerned about complying with U.S. restrictions imposed on products imported from China's Xinjiang region over the use of forced labor from persecuted Uyghur minorities. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai was in Hanoi Monday and Tuesday for meetings with Vietnamese government officials on economic and trade policy. While the Xinjiang import ban wasn't on the official agenda, executives and others familiar with the situation told Reuters some industries in Vietnam are worried about having exports to the U.S. blocked.

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U.S. Amnesty International’s submission to UN committee highlights Xinjiang

I live in China, I’ve travelled extensively, including many kilometres in Xinjiang. First in 2014 when I cycled from Macau to the Kazakhstan border and again in 2019, I flew to Urumqi and cycled home to Guangdong. In doing so, I passed through several Xinjiang cities, many towns and countless villages, met with Uyghurs, ate in their restaurants and watched as they went to their mosques. I saw enhanced security, there are a lot of police officers, but I saw no oppression and certainly no abuses or crimes against humanity.

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Xinjiang camp survivor arrested trying to visit Kazakhstan

An ethnic Kazakh journalist and cultural luminary from Xinjiang has been arrested by Chinese security forces, activists in close contact with her say. She had been seeking consular assistance to travel to Kazakhstan. The February 10 detention of Zhanargul Zhumatai, a re-education camp survivor, creates a fresh source of discomfort for Beijing’s ally, Kazakhstan, which says little publicly about the repression of ethnic kin next door.

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Uyghur rights advocates gather at US Capitol to urge for awareness, legislation

On a crisp Saturday afternoon in February, dozens of rights advocates, which included Uyghur human rights activists and their allies, gathered in front of the US Capitol to raise awareness of the Uyghurs' plight in China and encourage the passage of bills to support the community. One by one, on a temporary outdoor stage with the Uyghur flag and a sign reading Stop Uyghur Genocide, speakers argued for more awareness and stronger legislation to protect Uyghurs.

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