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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 08.12.2023

Uyghur prisoners behind Western fast-fashion made in China, a study reports

Abu Dhabi - How many of our cheap t-shirts and shirts were woven by the hands of people forced into forced labor? In Europe there are bodies and controls to prevent this from happening, of course. But a new study accuses the Union of importing Chinese clothing that has been worked by the Uighur minority and other ethnic Turkic and Muslim minorities forced to produce clothing in factories against their will.

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Human rights groups urge Canada to sanction Chinese seafood companies for ‘gross violations’

A written submission sent to Global Affairs Canada on Thursday by the two groups, the Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project and the Human Rights Action Group, says imposing sanctions would send a message to the Chinese companies, and to the Canadian importers doing business with them, that products made using Uyghur forced labour will not be allowed to enter the Canadian market. The submission is based on findings by The Outlaw Ocean Project, a journalism non-profit.

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China's ex-foreign minister Qin Gang died of suicide or torture: Report

Former Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang, who was stripped of his title in July, has reportedly died, either from suicide or torture. A report in Politico said two people with access to top Chinese officials have claimed that Qin died in late July at a military hospital in Beijing. It was alleged that Gang was removed from the position after an investigation concluded that he had an extramarital affair and fathered a child while serving as US ambassador.

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Muslim-Majority Countries’ Complicity in the Uyghur Genocide

When an extremist burned a copy of the Quran outside a Stockholm mosque, it ignited strong reactions from the Islamic world. This act led to Morocco withdrawing its consul from Sweden and condemnation from countries like Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called for a meeting to discuss and condemn the event. This reaction raises questions about the Islamic world’s response to different provocations, particularly when juxtaposed with the silence over China’s genocide in East Turkestan (officially known in China as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region).

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World seemingly silent as China expands crackdown on Muslims and the mosques where they worship

China has expanded the crackdown on its Muslim minority outside the Xinjiang region, making its first such effort following international attention on the country’s Uyghur population. "While the world is fixated on Gaza, a real crime against Muslims is occurring in China, executed by the Communist Party," Alan Mendoza, co-founder and executive director of the Henry Jackson Society, told Fox News Digital.

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Hundreds of North Korean defectors 'vanished' after China deportations, rights group says

Up to 600 North Korean escapees have "vanished" after being forcibly sent back home from China, a Seoul-based human rights organization said Thursday. U.N. Special Rapporteur on North Korean Human Rights Elizabeth Salmon said last year that an estimated 2,000 escapees were being detained in China, where they are classified as "illegal migrants" and not given refugee protections. Calls have been mounting on China not to repatriate the escapees, who advocates say will face brutal treatment in detention facilities.

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“Returning to China would have been a death sentence”: An Interview with Yuan Lee

After travelling from Brazil to Spain, Chinese actress Li Yanli was detained by Spanish authorities. She faced deportation to China until she was freed on November 22. Yuan Lee was campaigning in support of her asylum application. Yuan Lee is a Chinese human rights activist and independent journalist based in Spain. Since the end of October, he started a campaign in support of Chinese actress Li Yanli, whom the Spanish authorities were threatening with deportation to China.

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