For the past two decades, I have lived with a heavy burden: My human rights advocacy has come at the cost of my family. My parents have been unable to see their American children and meet their grandchildren. I could not participate in my father’s funeral after he passed away in April last year.
China has sanctioned me due to my role in the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which has been vocal in its critiques of the Chinese government and recommendations to hold them accountable for violations of religious freedom and atrocity crimes. In particular, my work on Uyghur human rights for the past two decades has resulted in retaliation against my family members back in China.
My late father remarked a few years ago that he wished he had passed away already so he could have left this world with good memories. It pains me beyond words that I could not be there to carry my father’s casket in the end and to hold my mother to mourn together. Upon receiving the news of my father’s passing, I still carried on with my trip on behalf of the U.S. government agency. But I will feel forever deprived of what should be a fundamental thing in the free world: to attend a loved one’s funeral and say final goodbyes.
My experience is commonplace in the Uyghur diaspora.
A year after losing my father, I am still struggling to reunite with my mother and introduce her to my children. The Chinese officials’ refusal to let my mother go shows they are waiting for her to die as my father did, which would allow them to close the case without being pressed to account for their actions.
I have not seen my mother since 2004. This Chinese brutality is beyond the pale. My mother lost the life she knew and her husband of 53 years. She deserves to spend whatever time she has left in this world surrounded by her American children and grandchildren.
In China, there’s no separation of church and state, the state is the church. The state is also the human rights non-governmental organizations (NGO), cultural NGOs, and many other NGOs you can find in China. In this episode of China Uncensored, we look at China’s fake NGOs, how they’re related to the United Front, and why governments in other countries have a hard time seeing them for what they are.
Campaign for Uyghurs (CFU) strongly condemns French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to China, where he not only failed to address the ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs and other Turkic people in East Turkistan but also made irresponsible comments legitimizing Xi and the CCP’s genocide and slavery. CFU is deeply disappointed that Macron prioritized economic interests over human rights by staying silent on the ongoing atrocities being committed against the Uyghurs.
Macron’s visit to China is not only deeply concerning for the Uyghur community but also to all the democratic countries. Macron’s failure to speak out against the atrocities being committed against the Uyghurs sends a dangerous message to the Chinese government that their actions are permitted by the EU.
The Uyghurs have been subjected to a brutal campaign of repression and genocide since 2017, which includes mass detentions, forced labor, forced sterilization, and other forms of systematic abuse and torture. Macron’s visit without addressing these human rights violations undermines efforts to hold the Chinese government accountable and to demand justice for the Uyghur people.
Executive Director Rushan Abbas said “It’s extremely disappointing to see President Macron turning a blind eye to the atrocities happening in East Turkistan during his visit to China. By not speaking out against the ongoing genocide of the Uyghurs, he has missed a crucial opportunity to demand justice and put an end to China’s reprehensible campaign of repression and abuse. This is not just a political issue, but a matter of basic human rights and dignity. The fact that our voices are still being ignored only reinforces our determination to fight for freedom and hold the Chinese government accountable for their heinous crimes. We will not rest until justice is served, and the Uyghur people are free from oppression and persecution.”
CFU calls on President Macron to speak out against the ongoing atrocities being committed against the Uyghurs and to use his platform to demand justice for the Uyghurs and to hold the Chinese government accountable for its actions. CFU remains committed to standing with the Uyghur people and advocating for their rights and freedoms. We will continue to raise awareness of the ongoing genocide in East Turkistan and work towards ending it.
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Mandiant has identified an ongoing information operations (IO) campaign leveraging a network of at least 72 suspected inauthentic news sites and a number of suspected inauthentic social media assets to disseminate content strategically aligned with the political interests of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Figure 3: Spreadsheet previously available to download under haixunpr.org displays some of the sites we judge to be part of the network in Russian and Chinese.
Please visit the website to find out if your news source is deliberately lying to you on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party and maybe working with the Russians too.
Many people do not realize the control exercised by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over every facet of their citizens lives. Here is one example of how the CCP utilizes thought control measures to keep the Chinese people from remembering the unrest and subsequent massacre of innocents on June 4, 1989.
Big yellow duck (because an image circulated online showing giant toy ducks replacing military vehicles in the Tank Man photo, the same photo at the top of this post)
Tank Man (a reference to the above photo of a lone protester trying to block tanks)
Shanghai index (a reference to the Shanghai stock market closing down 64.89 points on 2012’s anniversary)
63 + 1 (because it adds up to 64, or June 4th)
Candle (because the candle emoticon is commonly used online to mourn deaths)
Crush and destroy
When spring becomes summer
Pillar of shame (a reference to sculptures symbolizing those who died in the massacre)
Victoria Park (where some of the sculptures were placed)
Mothers of the Motherland
Hunger Strike Declaration
Take a walk
Member of standing committee
Gang of Four (Communist leaders)
Take to the streets
Go into the street
Against bureaucratic profiteering (because it’s part of a slogan from the Tiananmen protests)
Liusi (Pinyin for “six four”)
Bajiu (Pinyin for “eight nine”)
TAM (abbreviation for Tiananmen)
Additionally, there is a translated Xinhua style guide for other words and phrases banned by the CCP.
After being sentenced to two years prison term followed by indefinite surveillance, Southern Mongolian writer Lhamjab Borjigin escaped China and arrived in the independent country of Mongolia.
The following is a portion of English translation of Southern Mongolian dissident writer Mr. Lhamjab Borjigin’s testimony given to the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center on March 26, 2023. After being sentenced to two years prison term followed by indefinite surveillance, recently Lhamjab Borjigin managed to escape China and came to the independent country of Mongolia (English translation by SMHRIC):
… All Southern Mongolians are treated as targets for cleansing and extermination. What they [the Chinese authorities] want is our land and territory. As a people, we are considered nonexistent. I am not allowed to meet with others like me. We spend our days, months and years under these restrictions — and even stricter policies imposed on us during the COVID-19 lockdown. During the lockdown, a total of four doses of the vaccine were forced on each and every one of us. Realizing its ineffectiveness, many refused to receive the fourth round of inoculation. After a couple of years of vaccination, people realized the Chinese vaccine does not work at all. Despite this resistance, the authorities achieved their vaccination goal through a variety of means. For example, in Sunid Right Banner, the government issued a sack of flour or a bottle of milk to elderly citizens who agreed to being vaccinated. I have heard that in other locations, inoculated citizens were given 500 yuan. As an 80-year-old man, I am against the Chinese vaccine, which has been proven ineffective over time, considering the government’s protracted period of vaccine administration. In fact, the negative effects of the vaccine are well known — but discussion of these ….