Here is a summary of Uyghur-related news around the world:
China’s anti-crime campaign targets some Uyghurs
Beijing’s “Hundred Days Action” campaign, which aims to crack down on criminals and fugitives across the country, also targets Xinjiang’s Uyghurs as “religious extremists,” “separatists,” “terrorists” ” and “people with two faces.” According to Radio Free Asia, the Chinese Communist Party often uses the term “two-faced” on Uyghur officials who want to maintain their cultural and religious traditions. Rights organizations and Western governments have accused China of genocide and crimes against humanity, which Beijing denies.
Uyghur who studied in Turkey arrested on return to Xinjiang
A Uyghur who studied in Turkey in 2010 returned to China last year to work at the international company’s Guangzhou branch in southern China. Last month, he was arrested by the Chinese police, RFA reported. Both where he was arrested and why is unknown.
Xinjiang lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak
Xinjiang authorities have imposed new lockdowns in the region due to a new outbreak of COVID-19. The number of people infected with COVID-19 in Xinjiang rose to 274 from July 31-Aug. 6. Chinese government officials in the region told RFA that Chinese tourists from Gansu province are believed to be the source of the outbreak.
Shipments of top Chinese solar panel companies to the US have been detained or sent back
The Wall Street Journal reports that shipments from Chinese solar-panel companies such as Longi Green Energy Technology, Jinko Solar and Trina Solar have been detained or turned back in recent weeks. The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which went into effect in June, requires companies to certify that imports are not made with Uyghur forced labor from Xinjiang.
China targets Canadian professor for research on Uyghurs
Darren Byler, a professor of international studies at Simon Fraser University in Canada and author of two books on the Uyghur human rights situation in China, has been labeled by Chinese state media as an agent of the US government, an accusation that he denied.
Amid Chinese pressure on Michelle Bachelet, the UN human rights chief, to hold off on the release of a long-awaited human rights report on Xinjiang, her office told VOA she is committed to publishing the report in August . “As we said, the high commissioner is committed to publishing the report before his term expires at the end of the month,” Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokeswoman Liz Throssell told VOA.
Quote the note
“As you approach your departure as high commissioner on August 31, the report remains buried as CCP diplomats are reportedly conducting a flurry of confidential lobbying to stop its release. .”
— US Senator Marco Rubio, requested that Bachelet of the OHCHR immediately release the Xinjiang human rights report