- China’s crackdown on Uyghurs extends beyond Xinjiang to a diaspora spread throughout the world, according to a new independent study.
- Author Bradley Jardine describes the phenomenon as “transnational repression,” which can be traced back to 1997.
- Between 1997 and January 2022, more than 1,500 Uyghurs were deported or extradited back to China, while over 5,000 more were subjected to intimidation and harassment, the study found.
- The repression is expected to grow as China fortifies its tools to include cyberattacks and other forms of online harassment.
- Jardine recommends the U.S. and other democratic countries to strengthen refugee resettlement programs, establish channels for harassment reporting and restrict exports on surveillance technologies.
In pursuit of its security ideals, China aims to track down every single Uyghur throughout the world, a new study reveals.
Beijing has devised a transnational system of surveillance, extradition and detention that is “pervasive, tenacious and often illegal,” according to research published by the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States.
- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin criticized the recent burnings of the Quran in Sweden by extremist Rasmus Paludan.
- Paludan, who leads the Danish far-right political party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), carried out an anti-Muslim demonstration that involved burning a copy of the Muslim holy book over Easter weekend.
- "Freedom of speech cannot be a reason to incite racial or cultural discrimination and tear society apart," said Wang of the incident. "We hope Sweden can earnestly respect the religious beliefs of minority groups, including Muslims."
- A number of Arab and Muslim countries have similarly criticized the Quran burning, with some calling it a provocation of the Muslim world.
China has joined the Muslim community in denouncing the recent burnings of the Quran in Sweden, with the Foreign Ministry calling for tolerance of minority groups’ religious beliefs.
Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Danish far-right Stram Kurs (Hard Line) party, incited riots in southern Sweden after carrying out an anti-Muslim demonstration that involved burning a copy of the Muslim holy book over Easter weekend.
A series of documents suggesting that the Chinese government has been treating Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities as prisoners in Xinjiang’s re-education camps surfaced in the international community this week.
The documents, described as “operating manuals” for security officials in Xinjiang, are said to be from 2017, the same year the crackdown on supposed “extremists” started to escalate in the Muslim-majority autonomous region.
Riz Ahmed, star of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” said he missed a Star Wars Celebration convention in April after he was allegedly racially profiled by airport authorities in Chicago.
At the CAA Amplify conference in Ojai on Tuesday, the 36-year-old actor recalled the incident in which he was swabbed for explosives and questioned extensively at an airport, Variety reports.
Non-profit group South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) released a report on Wednesday titled “Communities on Fire” highlighting the significant surge of hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric in the year following the 2016 presidential election.
The researchers found that 20% of all perpetrators of hate crimes in the United States in 2017 used Donald Trump’s name or his campaign slogans during the attacks.
A Malaysian official is calling for a national crackdown on atheists in the country, suggesting that atheists are unconstitutional and should therefore be “hunted down” by authorities.
In a Tuesday press conference at Malaysia’s Parliament, Minister in the federal Cabinet Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim has called upon fellow Malaysians to help the authorities in locating atheist groups. He said that groups, such as the Kuala Lumpur chapter of Atheist Republic, have no place under the country’s Federal Constitution, reports the Malay Mail Online.
A Chinese food delivery company that got in trouble for letting unsanitary food off its hook is under fire once again, this time for allegedly discriminating against non-Muslims.
The accusations started when Meituan introduced a “halal” button in its food delivery app, which vowed that such dishes will be transported in separate boxes so that customers can “eat more safely,” What’s on Weibo noted.
A South Korean drama has drawn ire for its erratic portrayal of Islamic culture which some viewers found Islamophobic and racist.
“Man Who Dies to Live,” aired by MBC, centers on the journey of a man who settled in a fictional, Arab-resembling kingdom called “Bodoantia,” where he became a successful count, and goes back to his home of South Korea to find a long-lost daughter.
China’s sweeping counter-terrorism measures in recent months in the province of Xinjiang have, in effect, placed the local Islamic community of Uyghurs under a “police state”.
Members of the traditionally Muslim group have expressed that they have since been living under constant discrimination.
China has began preparing for the mass collection of DNA samples from the native Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region, according to humans rights observers.
Xinjiang police told the Associated Press that they’ve started purchasing more than $8.7 million worth of equipment to analyze the DNA samples, including voice-print collection and 3D portrait systems.
A trio of foreign men in China learned the hard way not to harass Chinese people on the subway in Hong Kong.
In a clip taken by a witness at approximately 10:30 p.m. Three men, who were of Indian descent and appeared drunk, broke out into a verbal altercation with a nearby family after bumping into the girlfriend of a man surnamed Tam.