Lucas Boland

A cultural genocide before our eyes

China | The Uighur diaspora is speaking out as family members disappear into reeducation camps in Xinjiang, but will the world listen?
by June Cheng
Posted 7/02/20, 06:47 pm

The last time Akida Pulat saw her mother, renowned Uighur anthropologist Rahile Dawut, was in 2016. Dawut had come as a visiting scholar to the University of Washington, where Pulat was studying for her master’s degree. She remembers her mother spending hours cooking Uighur polo, a traditional dish of rice mixed with carrots and topped with lamb, for her newly made Chinese and American friends. When Pulat said goodbye to her mother at the airport, she promised she’d go back home to Ürümqi to visit the next year.

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Delayed sanctions for China’s Uighur atrocities

Persecution | After three years of mixed signals, the U.S. government finally moves to hold China responsible for its human rights abuses against Uighurs
by June Cheng
Posted 6/26/20, 12:06 pm

Since 2017, the Chinese government has been enacting a cultural genocide of the Uighur people and other Muslim ethnic minorities in the western region of Xinjiang. Officials have thrown between 1 and 3 million Uighurs into re-education camps, created a high-tech surveillance state, used Uighurs for forced labor in factories around the country, and razed mosques and Uighur cemeteries. 

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Trump approves sanctions targeting Uighur persecutors

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/18/20, 03:47 am

The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act is the strongest action yet by any nation over China’s mistreatment of the ethnic minority group. The legislation, which President Donald Trump signed into law on Wednesday, will penalize officials who arbitrarily detain and torture Uighurs and other minorities in the Xinjiang region, freezing their assets and preventing their entry into the United States.

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