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Uyghur News Recap: April 13-20, 2022


FILE - Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai takes a picture during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Feb. 14, 2022, in New York.

Here's a look at Uyghur-related stories from around the world in recent days:

Alibaba, Co-Founder Accused of Supporting China’s Repression of Uyghurs

Alibaba Group, a Chinese multinational technology company, and its Canadian co-founder, Joe Tsai, have been accused of supporting China’s “campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention and high-tech surveillance" in Xinjiang.

According to ESPN, Tsai, who owns the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association and is chairman of BSE Global, which includes the Nets, donates hundreds of millions of dollars to combat racism and discrimination in the United States, while Alibaba, a company under his leadership, supports repression of the Uyghurs in China. Tsai has said he believes China's restrictions on personal freedoms have made it possible for millions of lives to be improved through economic development.

Survivor Testifies About Xinjiang Internment Camp

A Christian who was incarcerated for 10 months in China’s internment camps in Xinjiang arrived in the U.S. April 8 and testified about what he said were torture and forced injections in a camp in southern Xinjiang.

Four Uyghurs Face Deportation to China From Saudi Arabia

Four Uyghurs, including a child, were “booked for” extradition to China from Saudi Arabia, Amnesty International said.

News in brief

— The U.S. State Department said in its 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices that China’s repression of Uyghurs, Hong Kongers and Tibetans was among the world’s worst human rights violations.

“The Chinese government continues to commit genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang against predominantly Muslim Uyghurs among other minority groups, to erode fundamental freedoms and autonomy in Hong Kong, and to carry out systematic repression in Tibet,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

Quote of note

“The world has to react immediately now and stop this deportation in a matter of hours to save the four Uyghurs from this catastrophic deportation.” — Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s deputy regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, on the planned deportation of four Uyghurs from Saudi Arabia to China.

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