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05 Jul 2019

Today in Islamophobia: Dr. Adrian Zenz uncovers government documents providing evidence of China’s parent-child separation campaign in Xinjiang, as a Quartz article provides evidence for the claim that over one million Uighur Muslims have been detained in concentration camps. In France, a group of activists, calling themselves the “Muslims Rosa Parks,” protest against the burkini ban, while in Myanmar a UN investigator states Rohingya Muslims are living in concentration camps and urban ghettos. Our recommended read for today is a BBC investigation on China’s campaign to systematically remove Uighur Muslim children from their roots. This, and more, below:


05 Jul 2019

China Muslims: Xinjiang schools used to separate children from families | Recommended Read

Based on publicly available documents, and backed up by dozens of interviews with family members overseas, the BBC has gathered some of the most comprehensive evidence to date about what is happening to children in the region. read the complete article

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05 Jul 2019

Break Their Roots: Evidence for China’s Parent-Child Separation Campaign in Xinjiang

About half a year after the onset of this horrifying campaign, first reports started to emerge that the children of so-called “double-detained” parents were being placed in state care. The possibility that the Chinese state is implementing a larger-scale or even systematic policy of intergenerational separation of parents and children is a highly emotional topic among the affected exile communities. read the complete article

How China's mass detention of Uyghur Muslims stemmed from the 2009 Urumqi riots

In late June 2009, a disgruntled worker posted a rumour online that a Han Chinese woman had been sexually assaulted by Uyghur migrant workers in a toy factory in Shaoguan, in China's south-east. In response, some Chinese workers cornered and beat Uyghurs in the factory, killing at least two of them. read the complete article

05 Jul 2019

More than 1 million Muslims are detained in China—but how did we get that number?

The estimate used most widely for over a year—of a million Uyghur Muslims held in Chinese camps—was arrived at using similar methods by a group called China Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), and by Zenz. read the complete article

05 Jul 2019

China’s repression of the Uighurs began 10 years ago. Now their survival is at stake.

The violent suppression 10 years ago on July 5 of a protest marchin Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in western China, was a pivotal moment in the struggle of the Uighur people to defend their rights. For the Uighurs, the crackdown meant the end of any hope that the Chinese authorities might heed their call to redress mounting grievances over economic marginalization and political and cultural repression. read the complete article

05 Jul 2019

Turkey to send delegation to China to observe treatment of Uighurs

Turkey has accepted an invitation from China to send a delegation to the Xingjiang region to observe how the Uighur minority is being treated, according to a spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. read the complete article


05 Jul 2019

France’s “Muslim Rosa Parks” are reviving the debate over burkinis

On June 23, a group of activists called Alliance Citoyenne, or “Citizens Alliance,” entered a public pool in the southern city of Grenoble(some links in French), flanked by French reporters invited to cover the event, and wearing burkinis. The group says it “fights against all injustices” at the community level, including through non-violent protests and discussions with elected officials. read the complete article


05 Jul 2019

UN official likens Rohingya living conditions to Nazi concentration camps

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya muslims in Myanmar are living in concentration camps and urban ghettos like those in Nazi-occupied Europe, a UN investigator has said. read the complete article


05 Jul 2019

Op-ed | Quebec’s religious symbol ban is state-sanctioned bigotry

The Quebec government took away some of our Canadian freedom with the recent passage of a controversial law that bans many public employees in the province from wearing religious symbols at work. Teachers, prosecutors, and police officers, among other civil servants, can no longer wear hijabs, Jewish kippahs, Sikh turbans, and other symbols of their faith in the workplace. read the complete article

Today in Islamophobia, 05 Jul 2019 Edition


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