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The tears of the Uyghurs

poet: unknown 
Translated by Aziz Isa Elkun 

Hot like fire, red like blood, 
The city furthest from the sea. 
The tears of the Uyghurs, 
Never stop day and night. 

Hands were fractured, heads were smashed, 
Lives dedicated to suffering. 
My food tastes like poison 
With my last breath I say My country. 

I live far from my homeland, 
Tears wet my pillow. 
Allah created us with mercy, 
Look at what we have become. 


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UK parliament declares genocide in China’s Xinjiang; Beijing condemns move

Reuters April 23, 20219:36 AM BST

UK Uyghur Community members demonstrate holding placards during a protest against Uyghur genocide, in London, Britain April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Britain’s parliament called on Wednesday for the government to take action to end what lawmakers described as genocide in China’s Xinjiang region, stepping up pressure on ministers to go further in their criticism of Beijing.

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government again steered clear of declaring genocide over what it says are “industrial-scale” human rights abuses against the mainly Muslim Uighur community in Xinjiang. Ministers say any decision on declaring a genocide is up to the courts.

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Cultural erasure: Tracing the destruction of Uyghur and Islamic spaces in Xinjiang

Cultural erasure This report is supported by a companion website, the Xinjiang Data Project. 24 Sep 2020

What’s the problem?

The Chinese Government has embarked on a systematic and intentional campaign to rewrite the cultural heritage of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). It’s seeking to erode and redefine the culture of the Uyghurs and other Turkic-speaking communities—stripping away any Islamic, transnational or autonomous elements—in order to render those indigenous cultural traditions subservient to the ‘Chinese nation’.

Using satellite imagery, we estimate that approximately 16,000 mosques in Xinjiang (65% of the total) have been destroyed or damaged as a result of government policies, mostly since 2017. An estimated 8,500 have been demolished outright, and, for the most part, the land on which those razed mosques once sat remains vacant. A further 30% of important Islamic sacred sites (shrines, cemeteries and pilgrimage routes, including many protected under Chinese law) have been demolished across Xinjiang, mostly since 2017, and an additional 28% have been damaged or altered in some way.

Alongside other coercive efforts to re-engineer Uyghur social and cultural life by transforming or eliminating Uyghurs’ language, music, homes and even diets,1 the Chinese Government’s policies are actively erasing and altering key elements of their tangible cultural heritage.

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