Germany calls on the world to accept China’s persecuted Muslims as refugees
In a United Nations speech on Tuesday supported by 38 other countries, Germany criticized China’s human rights record and called on the world to accept persecuted Uygur Muslims as refugees. The group of mostly Western countries, represented by Berlin’s ambassador to the United Nations, Christoph Heusgen, also expressed “deep concerns” over the national security law Beijing has imposed in Hong Kong, which allows people to be sent to mainland China for trials. Beijing and its UN allies fired back, rejecting what they deemed interference in “China’s internal affairs.” A million Uygurs are in Chinese detention in the far western region of Xinjiang, according to UN findings. President Xi Jinping
Xinjiang residents grapple with sweeping coronavirus measures
Residents in China’s Xinjiang region say they are confined to their homes and forced to take herbal medicines during a blanket lockdown to contain a recent coronavirus outbreak, measures that they say are harsher than those elsewhere in the country. In Urumqi, the capital of the far western border region, most residents have been banned from leaving their apartments since July 16, when a fresh Covid-19 outbreak was discovered. To date, the virus has infected about 900 people in a city of 3.5 million. Although no new cases have been confirmed since August 16, residents say they have not been told about when the prolonged lockdown will be lifted. Two of them told Inkstone the strict lockdown m
Soccer star sparks controversy with Xinjiang social media posts
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil has become the latest international celebrity caught in a political storm in China after he strongly criticized Beijing’s policies in Xinjiang. The German soccer player hit out at the Muslim world’s silence over allegations of widespread human rights abuses in the far western region, where a million mainly Uygur Muslims have reportedly been detained in re-education camps. The comments prompted a backlash from Chinese newspapers and social media users, some of whom accused him of “hurting the feelings of the Chinese people.” China’s state broadcaster CCTV did not air Arsenal’s Sunday matchup against Manchester City. Özil, whose family originates from Turkey, pos
Report details workings of China’s secretive Muslim detention camps
Newly published documents purported to be leaked directives have detailed inner workings of China’s mass detention of the Muslim minorities in the nation’s far western region of Xinjiang. A Sunday report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) says the documents offer a granular window into the day-to-day operations of the camps, where an estimated 1.5 million people have been detained.  Analysts told the group these classified documents confirm many previous reportings from eyewitness and reported accounts of what Beijing calls “re-education” programs to prevent terrorism. Responding to the Guardian, a partner of the ICIJ, the Chinese government called the docum