Josh Hawley introduces bill to sanction Xi for human rights abuses against Uyghurs
Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri introduced a bill that aims to sanction Xi Jinping and senior Chinese officials, freezing their U.S.-controlled assets and stopping them from entering the U.S.
Militant group in Afghanistan criticized China’s rights violations against Uyghur Muslims
The Islamic State-Khorasan, an Afghanistan-based branch of the Islamic State terrorist network, criticized China’s “imperialism” and mistreatment of Uyghurs in an article in its English-language Voice of Khorasan.
Builder of Uyghur internment camps partnered with Qatar for World Cup stadium construction
The Chinese state-owned China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) partnered with Qatar in building the 2022 World Cup stadium in the country. The company previously worked for the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps which was sanctioned by the U.S. for human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
Rights groups sue U.K. for failing to block Uyghur forced labor goods from entering the country
U.K. based rights watchdog Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) and the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC) sued the U.K. government for failing to stop imports of products made with Uyghur forced labor in China.
Report details China’s disinformation campaign on Xinjiang, Tibet and Inner Mongolia
Austrian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) released a report this week on how China uses Uyghur, Tibetan and Mongolian “online influencers” in its global propaganda campaigns on Western social media.
China’s 5G expansion in Xinjiang aimed at increasing surveillance, experts say
In recent weeks, Chinese media reported that the government has built more than 30,000 5G base stations in Xinjiang, a move seen by experts as a measure to create a total security state.
News in brief
Dahua, one of China’s largest surveillance equipment and service providers, advertised on its website that four of its camera models detail video analytics that can detect “race,” “skin color” and “Xinjiang/Tibet” facial attributes. Dahua admitted the authenticity of the content on its website to the video surveillance research firm, IPVM, but said that it was outdated.
Quote of note
“The government of China has made it clear that the purpose of technology is first to develop the region, but that's the optimistic version,” said Geoffrey Cain, a U.S. journalist who wrote the book The Perfect Police State: An Undercover Odyssey into China's Terrifying Surveillance Dystopia of the Future. “The second reason is to control the people of the region, to control the Uyghur people, and the goal is to create a total security state. The government of Beijing wants to be able to see everything and know everything.”