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Uyghur News Recap: March 24-30, 2022


FILE - Shoppers walk past artwork denoting appreciation for the U.K. National Health Service, on Oxford Street in London, Oct. 20, 2021

Report: UK's National Health Service bought products made in Xinjiang region

Recent research on Uyghur forced labor showed that the United Kingdom's National Health Service had purchased protective equipment from a company in China that has two factories in Xinjiang,where the Chinese government is accused of using Uyghur forced labor.

Demand for solar energy could increase forced labor in China, report says

As demand for solar energy increases, so does the risk of modern slavery in the solar energy sector, a recent analysis by the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham said. About 40% of polysilicon, a critical component of solar panels, comes from Xinjiang.

Uyghurs held in Saudi prison may risk deportation to China

Two Uyghur men arbitrarily detained in Saudi Arabia were transferred to a new prison from which Uyghurs have been deported to China before, said the daughter of one of the detainees.

Florida governor criticizes Disney for silence on China's treatment of Uyghurs

After Disney opposed Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill, state Governor Ron DeSantis accused the company of "actively" endorsing China's mistreatment of Uyghurs.

Police: Uyghur mother who fled forced abortion died in Chinese prison

A Uyghur woman sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2017 for escaping a forced abortion in 2014 in Xinjiang is dead. A Chinese police officer in Xinjiang told Radio Free Asia that she had died in prison in 2020.

Amnesty International: China continuing 'reeducation camps' for Uyghurs

The Chinese government's persecution of Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic groups in Xinjiang continues in "reeducation camps," Amnesty International said in a human rights report. China said it had closed all internment camps, or reeducation training centers, in 2019.

Intel criticized for backtracking on its boycott of Uyghur forced labor

Republican Senator Rick Scott grilled Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger about his company's apology on Chinese social media for asking Intel partners not to use labor or products from China's Xinjiang region.

News in brief

— The Organization of Islamic Cooperation was accused of ignoring the plight of Uyghur Muslims at the 48th session of its foreign ministers summit in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan invited China's foreign minister to the summit as a special guest. Although the OIC addressed the plight of other Muslim groups around the world, it did not mention the Uyghurs' situation in China. Only Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu mentioned the Uyghurs' struggle.

Quote of note

"In China, Uyghurs and other Muslims have difficulties protecting their religious rights and cultural identity. Is it right to ignore the situation of the Uyghurs?"

— Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish foreign minister, at Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit.

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