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China’s vanishing Uighur graveyards

Catherine Philp Saturday July 25 2020, 12.01am, The Times

A new cemetery built on the outskirts of Aksu, Xinjiang, where bodies from a destroyed Uighur graveyard were moved. HECTOR RETAMAL/GETTY IMAGES

As contact with his family in China dwindled and ethnic Uighurs fleeing Xinjiang brought disturbing stories, Aziz Isa Elkun, a poet, academic and activist who lives in London, began speaking out about their plight.

Using Google Earth, he tracked down the site where his father was buried in 2017; the cemetery had been demolished, seemingly part of a pattern of erasing Uighur culture. CNN ran a story about the apparent destruction of more than 100 Uighur graveyards, featuring Mr Elkun and his story.

Days later CGTN, the international arm of the Chinese state broadcaster, interviewed Mr Elkun’s frail mother. She led a crew through a new “eco-friendly” cemetery. “We voluntarily applied to move the old grave here,” she said.

Continue reading: The Times

Uighurs in China: ‘I didn’t even know if my mum was alive’

BBC London 18 Feb 2020

Aziz Isa Elkun is one of many Uighur Muslims living in London who have been cut off from contacting their families based in Xinjiang. 

Since 2016, China has detained more than one million Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang in what they call “educational centres”.

However, documents seen by the BBC show that these camps use violence and torture to drive Uighurs away from their Islamic beliefs. 

Aziz has several family members in the camps. He wants to be a voice for the Uighur community in the UK and is now calling on the UK Foreign Office to help them find out if their families are alive.

Reporter and producer: Gem O’Reilly; Filmed and edited by Cristian Mantio

Source: BBC London
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-london-51532812/uighurs-in-china-i-didn-t-even-know-if-my-mum-was-alive

We must not forgot Xinjiang and the horrors being committed there

JULIET SAMUEL
The Telegraph 22 FEBRUARY 2020

People whose loved ones are being held in the Chinese Government’s camps in Xinjiang join a protest in Kazakhstan

One option on the cocktail list jumped out at me. It was called the “Xinjiang”. For a while, I couldn’t actually register the ingredients. All I could think of, when I saw the name of China’s western-most province, was Beijing’s imprisonment of more than 1 million of its people in “re-education” camps, where they are tortured, raped, forcibly used for medical testing and organ harvesting, and made to recite their “crimes” and extoll the virtues of the Chinese Communist Party.

Back to the menu. The “Xinjiang” was a gin-based concoction with plum, ginger and cumin. A complementary dish, a “Uighur burger”, consisted of pulled lamb in a soft, Chinese bun. “They are Muslim in Xinjiang, so they eat a lot of lamb,” said the waitress.

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