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Uyghur News Recap: June 24-July 1, 2022

Voice of America
02 Jul 2022, 06:36 GMT+10

Here's a summary of Uyghur-related news around the world:

Thailand urged not to deport Uyghurs back to China

Rights groups in Thailand urged the government not to extradite Uyghurs to China. Some 50 Uyghur refugees have been held in detention centers in Thailand since fleeing China in 2014. In 2015, Thailand sent 109 Uyghurs to China and 173 to Turkey.

FILE - A woman wears a face mask reading 'Free Uyghurs' as she attends a protest during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Berlin, Sept. 1, 2020. FILE - A woman wears a face mask reading 'Free Uyghurs' as she attends a protest during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Berlin, Sept. 1, 2020.

Rights Groups Urge Thailand Not to Force Captive Uyghurs Back to China 

Leaked speeches show Beijing efforts to forcefully assimilate Uyghurs

Classified speeches leaked in a recent trove of documents called the Xinjiang Police Files demonstrate that the Chinese government coordinated a plan to assimilate Uyghurs by force, describing them as an 'enemy class' whose culture and traditions must die for the country to survive.

Amnesty International: Trial reveals Beijing's latest strategy to unlawfully jail Muslims

Zulyar Yasin, a Uyghur university student whom Chinese authorities arrested in December in Xinjiang, will be sentenced up to five years in jail, Amnesty International learned from Yasin's aunt in the Netherlands.

News in brief

Some global companies could be 'unknowingly supporting' China's use of Uyghur forced labor from the Xinjiang region, according to a report by the Washington-based nonprofit Center for Advanced Defense Studies, 'Shifting Gears: The Rise of Industrial Transfer Into the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.'

According to the report, the corporate connections of many products are intentionally obscured by a Chinese policy that encourages companies located elsewhere in the country to open operations or manufacturing centers in Xinjiang.

The report says that can make it harder to track where products come from, and that businesses that source from companies headquartered in other Chinese cities may unknowingly be importing goods produced by forced labor in Xinjiang.

FILE - A worker packages spools of cotton yarn at a Huafu Fashion plant, as seen during a government organized trip for foreign journalists, in Aksu in western China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 20, 2021. FILE - A worker packages spools of cotton yarn at a Huafu Fashion plant, as seen during a government organized trip for foreign journalists, in Aksu in western China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, April 20, 2021.

Report Alleges Global Companies 'Unknowingly' Support China's Use of Uyghur Forced Labor

Quote of note

'The police do not have any evidence for his so-called crime. There is no law in China - Uyghurs are being targeted and detained for fake sins. I am broken.'

- Zulyar Yasin's aunt, who was informed that Chinese authorities will sentence her nephew to up to five years in jail.

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