Uyghurs in Xinjiang were forced to become Muslim and have been an integral part of China for thousands of years, Beijing said in a new report, in an attempt to justify its controversial crackdown against the ethnic minority in the far-western region.
China has sought to justify treatment of Uyghurs that Western countries have condemned as “cultural genocide”
Beijing’s report hits back at “double standards” of critics and defends “anti-terrorism” efforts
Experts say the white paper is a classic case of China’s ongoing information warfare
A white paper released on Sunday by China’s State Council Information Office — the Government’s propaganda arm — presents the ruling Communist Party’s interpretation of history, claiming “Islam is neither an indigenous nor the sole belief system of the Uyghur people”.
The report also said that Islam spread into Xinjiang by “the Arab Empire” and that the Turkic Uyghur people “endured slavery” at the hands of “the Turks”.
“Conversion to Islam was not a voluntary choice made by the common people, but a result of religious wars and imposition by the ruling class,” it said, declaring that the Government nevertheless respects “the Muslims’ right to their beliefs”.
Aydidar Kahar tucks her long hair behind her ear and smiles at the camera.
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She takes the viewer on a tour of a mall in Xinjiang — decked out with luxury brands like Versace, Gucci and Dior — before the video abruptly cuts to her sitting at a desk, staring straight into the camera lens.
“Isn’t the department store and the subway you just saw an epitome of the dramatic changes in Xinjiang?” she said, in a video broadcast by Chinese state-owned Global Times.
“Grandma, you have been defaming Xinjiang … people in Xinjiang are living a decent life.”
A leaked cache of secret Chinese Government documents reveals how authorities in Xinjiang province red-flagged 23 Australian citizens during a security crackdown that consigned tens of thousands of people to arbitrary detention and mass indoctrination.
Leaked Chinese government documents relate to the network of “training and education” camps in Xinjiang
They shed more light on the system of mass surveillance and detention used to subjugate minorities
Details about the operation of detention facilities show they are run like maximum security jails
The documents tell how the Australian citizens were identified among 75 people from China’s Muslim minorities who were singled out in the surveillance sweep because of their passports.
While the fate of the Australians is unknown, the confidential report instructs public security officials to deport or detain those foreign passport holders for whom “suspected terrorism cannot be ruled out”.
One evening in the summer of 2017, local police in China made a surprise inspection of a small private language school, checking the visas of all non-Chinese attendees. Among those present was a foreign doctoral student, who had left his passport at his hotel. “Not to worry,” said the officer. “What’s your name?” The officer took out a handheld device and entered the student’s name. “Is this you?” Displayed on the screen was the researcher’s name, his passport number, and the address of his hotel.
This kind of incident is common in Xinjiang, where China has extensively deployed technology against Muslim minorities. But this episode took place in Yunnan province, near China’s southern border with Myanmar. In fact, public security bureaus—the network of agencies in China that deal with domestic security and intelligence—across the country are using electronic databases coupled with handheld tools to keep track of certain categories of people. These “key individuals,” as they are officially known, range from paroled criminals and users of drugs to foreigners, petitioners, and religious believers.
The ABC has obtained video footage showing a factory in China’s Xinjiang region making clothes for one of America’s biggest retailers — but the company in question claims the footage has been “spliced”.
The video shows pants sold by the US retailer Kohl’s being made in Xinjiang
Kohl’s questioned the video’s accuracy and said the footage was “spliced”
The Chinese firm making the clothes has an “education and training centre” factory
A promotional video for the Chinese clothing manufacturer Golden Future showed employees at its factory in Xinjiang making stretch pants for the label Croft & Barrow.
Two Australian universities are reviewing funding and research approval procedures due to concerns over links to technology that is being used to carry out mass human rights abuses by the Chinese Government in Xinjiang province.
UTS, Curtin unis launch reviews amid links to surveillance technology used in China
One academic conducted research for so-called “racial profiling” technology to detect ethnic minorities
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Last night, Four Corners revealed that the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is conducting an internal review into its $10 million partnership with CETC, a Chinese state-owned military tech company that developed an app that Chinese security forces use to track and detain Muslim Uyghur citizens in Xinjiang.
On a cold Melbourne afternoon in June this year, 34-year-old Gulnur Idreis’s phone started to ring. It was a video call coming from her elderly parents in Xinjiang, China. Any contact with them was precious.
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Like all members of the Uyghur Muslim minority in China, they had spent the past two years living through a dystopian nightmare.