- The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), which prevents imports linked to forced labor by Uyghurs and other persecuted groups in China, took effect on Tuesday.
- On June 13, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency issued a notice to importers, instructing them that they are expected to map their supply chains, including the source of their raw materials, to ensure that their products are not made in part or wholly in Xinjiang or from companies with connections to forced labor.
- “The new US law means it’s no longer business as usual for companies profiting from forced labor in China, and Xinjiang especially,” Jim Wormington, senior researcher and advocate for corporate accountability at Human Rights Watch, said. “Companies should swiftly identify any supply chain links to Xinjiang and exit the region or risk violating US law and seeing their goods detained at the US border.”
- In a statement, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the new law and the U.S. sanctions “represent an escalation of the U.S. suppression of China under the guise of human rights and prove that the United States wantonly undermines the global economic and trade rules, as well as the stability of the international industrial chain and supply chain.”
A new U.S. law that would prevent imports linked to forced labor by Uyghurs and other persecuted groups in China took effect on Tuesday.
The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), which President Joe Biden signed into law on Dec. 23, 2021, aims to penalize the Chinese government over its alleged oppression of the Uyghur people. It grants U.S. authorities increased powers to block the import of goods from the Xinjiang region.
- A leaked cache of thousands of photos and official documents, titled “The Xinjiang Police Files,” reveal new information surrounding China’s detainment of its Uyghur population.
- An anonymous hacker allegedly downloaded and decrypted the secret files from a number of police computer servers in Xinjiang before handing them to U.S.-based scholar Dr. Adrian Zenz.
- The hacked files contain over 5,000 photographs of Uyghurs and other Chinese ethnic, Muslim minorities from the Xinjiang region taken by police between January and July 2018.
- Also included are images of the detention centers themselves, supporting previous reports about the conditions of the facilities.
- Despite the Chinese government’s insistence that the internment camps are “vocational schools,” records show armed officer guards are instructed with a “shoot-to-kill” policy for escapees.
- Foreign Minister Wang Yi previously stated in 2019, “The truth is the education and training centres in Xinjiang are schools that help people free themselves from extremism,” referring to the Islamic religion.
A leaked cache of thousands of photos and official documents, titled “The Xinjiang Police Files,” reveal new information surrounding China’s detainment of its Uyghur population.
An anonymous hacker allegedly downloaded and decrypted the secret files from a number of police computer servers in Xinjiang before handing them to Dr. Adrian Zenz, a U.S.-based scholar who has previously published research on Xinjiang.
- Research suggests Xinjiang cotton is being used in T-shirts from some of Germany’s biggest apparel companies, including Adidas, Puma and Hugo Boss.
- Agroisolab researchers explained that nature leaves behind a “signature” in cotton, caused by the “climate and geology” of a place.
- The signature is what scientists call an “isotopic fingerprint,” which enables them to assign the place of origin in a piece of cotton.
- Adidas and Puma made commitments in 2020 to not source any cotton from the Xinjiang region due to allegations of forced labor in the region.
- Xinjiang cotton has been a high point of controversy due to reports that more than half a million ethnic minorities, particularly Uyghur Muslims, are being forced to pick cotton via “labor programs.”
- In response to recent claims made in a report from The Guardian, both Adidas and Puma reiterated that their companies did not source cotton from the Xinjiang region.
Research suggests Xinjiang cotton is being used in T-shirts by some of Germany’s biggest apparel companies, despite their commitments not to source from the Chinese region due to allegations of forced labor.
According to the German public broadcaster NDR on Thursday, scientists from the Agroisolab in Jülich revealed through isotope analysis that shirts from major German clothing labels, including Adidas, Puma and Hugo Boss, have traces of Xinjiang cotton in them.
- 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.
- The U.S. State Department’s latest global human rights report accused China of meddling in Hong Kong’s political affairs by revising its electoral process and imposing new laws. The department published similar findings in an earlier Hong Kong Policy Act Report on March 31.
- The report also highlighted the targeting of ethnic minorities in China and Beijing’s efforts to detain overseas critics.
- Beijing previously published its own report listing human rights violations committed by the U.S., which it accused of “playing with fake democracy.”
The U.S. State Department has once again accused the Chinese government of several offenses in its latest global human rights report released on Tuesday.
The department’s 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which cited research by diplomats, NGOs and news outlets’ accounts as sources, came less than two weeks after the department released its Hong Kong Policy Act Report, an annual publication mandated by the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992.
Chinese woman in Australia filmed ripping down Tiananmen Square posters, denying Uyghur ‘camps’ claim
- A Chinese woman was filmed tearing down several posters that were created to support Hong Kong’s democracy from the Lennon Wall at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
- The woman allegedly dismissed the events that occurred during the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre by calling them “lies” and incorrectly saying that they took place “50 years ago.” The incident was filmed by Billie Kugelman, chief editor of student newspaper Semper Floreat at the University of Queensland.
- His video was shared online by Drew Pavlou, an outspoken critic of the Chinese government and Chinese Communist Party (CCP), who is running to “represent Queensland in the Australian senate.”
- The woman can be seen laughing in the video after Kugelman brings up the alleged human rights violations against Uyghurs in China.
A Chinese woman purportedly studying in Brisbane, Australia, was recently filmed rejecting the claim of Uyghur Muslims being detained in “concentration camps” in China as she took down posters featuring photos of the Tiananmen Square protests created to support Hong Kong’s democracy.
The incident, filmed by Billie Kugelman, chief editor of student newspaper Semper Floreat at the University of Queensland, was shared online by Drew Pavlou, an outspoken critic of the Chinese government and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who is running to “represent Queensland in the Australian senate.”
A Chinese man has gone viral for his bravery in investigating the alleged Uyghur concentration camps in Xinjiang since foreign journalists are not allowed to conduct interviews in the region.
The investigation: The man, who goes by Guanguan on YouTube, created a 20-minute documentary that shows some of the locations of the alleged Uyghur concentration camps across Xinjiang.
The Trump administration determined that China has committed genocide against Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang, months after imposing sanctions on Chinese officials over the matter.
As early as 2017, Xinjiang, an autonomous region in northwestern China, has made headlines for erecting hundreds of “re-education centers” — alleged concentration camps that subject “students” to 24/7 surveillance, ideological education and behavioral correction.
A patent filed by Chinese mobile phone brand Huawei has raised controversy over a feature that allegedly singles out people of Uyghur origin.
A reporter from the state-run China Daily has gone viral for calling a Republican senator a “b*tch” for her comment against China.
Viral tweet: Tennessee Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn got into a heated argument with China Daily chief Washington correspondent Chen Weihua on Thursday, according to The Hill.
Uyghur Model Allegedly Goes From Making $1,440 a Day to Being Chained to a Bed in Chinese ‘Reeducation Camp’
An Uyghur man managed to share a glimpse of his condition in one of China’s “reeducation camps” to the outside world, supporting countless alleged stories that point to the oppression, persecution and incarceration of his people.
Merdan Ghappar, 31, a native of Xinjiang, used to work as a model in the southern Chinese city of Foshan — a job that reportedly earned him up to 10,000 yuan (about $1,440) a day.