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Uyghur News Recap: March 10-16, 2022

FILE - China's Xi Jinping is seen on a billboard with the slogan, "Administer Xinjiang according to law, unite and stabilize the territory, culturally moisturize the territory, enrich the people and rejuvenate the territory," in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, March 21, 2021.

Analysts: Xi's 'cultural nourishment' slogan encourages eradication of other cultures

Chinese leader Xi Jinping's slogans of "cultural nourishment" and the "consciousness of the whole of the Chinese nation" are aimed at supplanting ethnic and cultural identities of local non-Chinese groups, including Uyghurs and Tibetans, with Chinese customs and traditions, Radio Free Asia reported.

High school faculty director serving sentence for teaching in Uyghur

A former student and a police officer have confirmed this month that Adil Tursun, a chemistry teacher and a high school faculty director, has been serving a sentence of seven years in prison for using the Uyghur language when instructing students. Tursun was arrested in 2016 and sentenced in 2018.

Uyghurs in Norway not safe from Chinese reach

Uyghur activists living in Norway told Coda Story that Chinese agents are subjecting them to surveillance, intimidation and censorship.

Uyghur incarcerated for saving wife from forced abortion died in prison, officials confirm

RFA reported that local police confirmed that Abdureshid Obul, a Uyghur farmer, died in prison in 2020 at age 50 while serving an eight-year prison term for saving his wife from government-mandated forced abortion. Under government policy, ethnic minority families are limited to two children. Obul had four.

Chinese international students at Cornell University boo Uyghur classmate

About 40 Chinese international students at Cornell University in the United States booed last week when a Uyghur classmate spoke out about the Chinese government's treatment of her brother, who was detained in Xinjiang.

News in brief

— Turkey has welcomed an estimated 50,000 Uyghur refugees from China and has granted some of them Turkish citizenship, but some Uyghur refugees in Turkey told VOA thattheir applications for Turkish citizenship had been rejected.

Quote of note

"They [Xinjiang agents] wanted me to go to Germany and get in with their group [World Uyghur Congress], collect phone numbers and addresses, find out which flights they were taking, which restaurants they ate at."

— Memettursun Omer, Uyghur pressured by China to spy on other Uyghurs overseas