top of page

The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 26.05.2023

China Built Over A Million Uyghurs "Re-Education Camps" In 6 Years: Report

The Communist Party of China (CPC) has expanded its repression of the Uyghur in recent years, which includes limiting their freedom of expression, speech, religion, and freedom to move around, Voices Against Autocracy reported. Several media reports have underlined the persecution of Uyghurs as the most horrifying crime against humanity in China. Since 2017, the Chinese government has incarcerated over a million Uyghurs in "re-education camps" and subjected those who have not been detained to rigorous monitoring, religious restrictions, forced labour, and forcible sterilisation, according to Voices Against Autocracy.

Read more:

What Evidence Shows About China and Uyghur Forced Labor

If the furor over Uyghur forced labor in China shows no signs of dying down, that’s because it isn’t. If anything, evidence shows that the coercion of persecuted ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is getting stronger, said Adrian Zenz, a senior fellow in China studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Zenz’s latest research, the first of its kind to be published in a peer-reviewed academic journal, demonstrates that Beijing is “doubling down” on its religious and cultural crackdown against Turkic Muslims, he told Sourcing Journal.

Read more:

Japan's first Uyghur representative says Uyghurs "deserve to thrive"

Arfiya Eri, who last month became the first Japanese person of Uyghur heritage to be elected to the country's National Diet, hopes to show the world that while Uyghurs face genocide in China, elsewhere they are succeeding in politics, business and other fields, she told Axios in an interview. What she's saying: "We are of course victims of genocide. But we are so much more than that. We also deserve to succeed and we deserve to thrive, and that's something I hope to model through my work," Eri told Axios.

Read more:

Chinese Ambassador Reveals CCP’s Fear of Soviet-Style Collapse in China

Rights groups announced on Wednesday they had filed a new complaint in France against clothing giants including Uniqlo and Zara owner Inditex for allegedly profiting from forced labor of the Uyghur minority in China. The complaint, filed on Tuesday, includes allegations of crimes against humanity, aggravated reduction to servitude, genocide and human trafficking. The companies denied using forced labor in their supply chains. The complaint was filed by anticorruption association Sherpa, the Ethics on Labels collective, the European Uyghur Institute and a Uyghur woman who had been held in a camp in China's far west region of Xinjiang.

Read more:

The Three Worlds of Xinjiang

Hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs have been sent to re-education camps in China since 2017. Today, the repression continues, but less conspicuously. The Xinjiang region appears to be in a significant stage of transition. The Xinjiang Police Files, leaked police documents from the internment camps that DER SPIEGEL and other media published in 2022, were just further evidence of events that the UN human rights chief at the time determined could constitute "crimes against humanity." The repression reached its peak after security hardliner Chen Quanguo took over as party secretary in Xinjiang in 2016. He was known for his merciless approach, previously displayed in Tibet. But the 67-year-old has since left his Xinjiang post.

Read more:

The Unknown Fate Of Uyghur Refugees Detained In India

In 2013, three Uyghur siblings had run away from their home in Xinjiang to escape Chinese persecution - but their freedom was short-lived: The young siblings were nabbed by military personnel at a border outpost in Ladakh, along the de-facto border between India and China in Indian-administered Kashmir. The three were then handed over to civilian authorities, stood trial and were sentenced. But despite completing their jail term, the siblings continue to languish in prison under a law that allows the authorities in Kashmir to detain any person without trial. They also face the prospect of being deported back to China.

Read more:

At Central Asia Summit, Beijing seals trade and investment deals with 5 nations

China wrapped up its first summit with leaders from five Central Asia nations on Friday with several agreements to boost trade, investment and security ties. President Xi Jinping pledged an initial US$3.8 billion to the region in financing support and grants and said the government would encourage Chinese-funded businesses to set up shop in the five countries, creating jobs and development. “The China-Central Asia relationship is steeped in history, driven by broad actual needs, and built on solid popular support,”’ Xi said in his keynote speech. “Our relations are brimming with vigor and vitality in the new era.”

Read more:

bottom of page