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Xinjiang Authorities Jail Family Members of Two Uyghurs in Exile For Travel, Overseas Ties

China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR)

Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have imprisoned the family members of two Uyghur women living in exile for their travels abroad and overseas connections, according to the women.

Asat Abdukerim and his younger brother Anwar Abdukerim, of Ili Kazakh (Yili Hasake) Autonomous Prefecture’s Qorghas (Huocheng) county, were detained in 2017 for their respective travels to Turkey and the Netherlands, Asat’s Turkey-based daughter, Dilbar Asat, and his sister, Canada-based Marhaba Abdukerim, recently told RFA’s Uyghur Service.

The two men were swept up as part of a campaign that has seen regional authorities detain up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a vast network of internment camps since April of that year, the two women said.

The two brothers were later sentenced to prison terms, while several members of their extended family have also been targeted by authorities, simply for having ties to Dilbar and Marhaba, they told RFA.

Dilbar told RFA that her mother, Hajar Habibulla stayed with her in Turkey—home to more than 50,000 Uyghurs who fled there to escape persecution in China—for 14 months beginning in March 2015 to help take care of her two-year-old twins while she studied at university.

“She was fine for a period [after returning to the XUAR], and nothing happened … [but then] the police detained her and gave the excuse that she had communicated with [people abroad in April 2017] and that she had spent a long time in Turkey,” she said.

Dilbar said she received a message from her older brother about her mother’s detention in Qorghas’ Suydung (Shuiding) townshipvia the messaging app WeChat on the same day her mother was taken into custody.

“My brother said they would keep her detained and then take her to ‘study,’ to a ‘school,’ a little while later,” she said.

Dilbar said she received a message from her older brother about her mother’s detention in Qorghas’ Suydung (Shuiding) townshipvia the messaging app WeChat on the same day her mother was taken into custody.

“My brother said they would keep her detained and then take her to ‘study,’ to a ‘school,’ a little while later,” she said.

“That day, my brother left me voice messages reminding me that he’d recommended she not stay a long time in Turkey, saying that I hadn’t agreed with him and kept her with me for too long … Those were his last messages to me. He hasn’t been in touch since. Our communication has been cut off.

Dilbar said that her father, Asat Abdukerim, came to visit her in Turkey in June 2016 to see her graduate, while her younger brother, Saypidin Asat, had visited her for around 20 days in February of that year.

“I heard that between June and September 2018, they detained them—it must have been around the time of Ramadan,” she said.

“I heard [from sources in Europe] in mid-to-late June 2020 that they locked up my father, my younger brother, and my mother for five years each.”

Dilbar said that everyone in her family deleted her contact information from WeChat after she spoke with her brother about her mother’s detention in 2017, but authorities detained her father and brother regardless.

No political leanings

Screen Capture of a website depecting the plight of Uyghurs in China

Marhaba Abdukerim, Asat Abdukerim’s sister, said her other brother, Anwar, stayed with his daughter while she was studying in the Netherlands between 2011 and 2015, adding that he did not participate in any political activities with the estimated 1,500-strong Uyghur community while he was in the country.

After returning to Qorghas in 2015, his passport was confiscated by local police and he was subjected to interrogation on a number of occasions, she said, before authorities detained him in September 2017.

Anwar was first sent to a camp and later handed a 10-year prison sentence, while his wife Gulnur Tursun, who never owned a passport or traveled outside of China, was also detained in a camp before being sentenced to four years in prison.

“The last contact I had with them was in [September] 2017, when my second oldest brother passed away,” Marhaba said.

“According to what I’ve heard from others, they detained Anwar Abdukerim on the day our brother died and not long after, they detained Asat,” she said.

“The reasons for their detentions were, in Asat Abdukerim’s case, that he had been to Turkey and spent one month there. He had committed no other ‘crime.’ He doesn’t even understand politics. The poor man was just an average farmer.”

Anwar, meanwhile, was detained because “he’d taken his daughter to the Netherlands and helped her get her settled in,” Marhaba said.

“When I went [to Xinjiang] in 2016, I saw him, and he told me about everything he’d been through,” she said.

“He told me they’d taken his passport, detained him, made it so that he couldn’t leave the country, that they wouldn’t agree to give the passport back to him, that they were regularly bringing him in for questioning.”

An acquaintance told her in June this year that Anwar had been sentenced, she said.

“He told me they’d taken his passport, detained him, made it so that he couldn’t leave the country, that they wouldn’t agree to give the passport back to him, that they were regularly bringing him in for questioning.”

An acquaintance told her in June this year that Anwar had been sentenced, she said.

According to Marhaba, Asat’s son Saypidin also held no political convictions but was detained nonetheless after having spent time in Turkey.

“Apparently, they asked him why he’d stayed a long time in Turkey, why he went there—his crime was having gone to Turkey,” she said.

“[The three] committed no crimes, they did nothing against the government—we’re talking about people who don’t even understand the government,” she said.

Attempts by RFA to reach Chinese officials to confirm the claims by Dilbar and Marhaba went unanswered at the time of publishing.

Travel and ties abroad

Turkey is among several countries blacklisted by authorities for travel by Uyghurs because of a perceived threat of religious extremism, while the Uyghur community in Netherlands is particularly active in campaigning against rights abuses in the XUAR.

As earlier reporting by RFA and other outlets has shown, Uyghurs who have traveled abroad were some of the earliest targets of the Chinese authorities’ internment drive in Xinjiang in late 2016 and early 2017, while those who maintain ties overseas have also been regularly detained.

Beijing describes its three-year-old network of camps as voluntary “vocational centers,” but reporting by RFA and other media outlets shows that detainees are mostly held against their will in poor conditions, where they are forced to endure inhumane treatment and political indoctrination.

Amid international condemnation and U.S. sanctions, experts believe that China has begun sentencing Uyghurs held in internment camps to prison, providing legal cover to the detentions.

Reported by Mihray Abdilim for RFA’s Uyghur Service. Translated by Elise Anderson Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

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India News Brief

22 September 2020
India COVID-19 New Cases 75,083 in the Last 24 Hours

COVID-19 Total Cases:5,487,580  Deaths: 87,882

COVID-19 At a Glance 

The new guidelines issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on 29 August

Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from 7thSeptember 2020 in a graded manner, by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA)/ Ministry of Railways (MOR), in consultation with MHA. In this regard, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by MOHUA.

Social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ religious/ political functions and other congregations will be permitted with a ceiling of 101 persons, with effect from 21st September 2020. However, such limited gatherings can be held with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.Open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from 21stSeptember 2020.

Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to 30 September.
Online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged. However, following will be permitted, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, with effect from 21stSeptember 2020 for which, SOP will be issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW):

Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres (excluding open air theatre) and similar places remain closed.

According to MHA directive, lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till 30th September, 2020.

COVID-19: Highlights 

Religious Places Visit: No Touching of Deity, No Sparkling of Holy Water No Prasada in Temples Wearing Mask Thermal Screening is a must 

Shopping Malls Visit: Elderly People With 65 Years of Age and Children Below 10 Years Are Advised to Stay at Home.

Restaurant and food courts in malls to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity with a mandatory distance of six feet between tables. No common prayer mats, physical offerings like prasad, or sprinkling of holy water, in places of worship. Age and health-based restrictions on stepping out of home. Masks to be mandatory, and the Aarogya Setu app 'recommended' for all.

Use of masks, thermal screening, social distancing and sanitisation, the guidelines  require people above 65 years of age, specially  people with comorbidities, pregnant woman, and children below the age of 10 years, to stay at home. Masks are mandatory at all times, including inside restaurants

Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Indian Health Ministry 

  • International air travel, Metro rail services not allowed 

Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places; and, social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions/ and other large congregations will not allowed..

According to MHA guidelines, in Phase II, schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions etc., will be opened after consultations with States and Union Territories.

There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission or approval or e-permit will be required for such movement

But  states have the freedom to decide on public movement.

How to identify Fake News or Messeges on Social Media 

Beware of Fake News and Fake Messages on Social Media

Always follow websites or social media platforms of traditional media outlets whether newspapers, magazines,Television News Channels or Radio Stations and authentic online only media outlets.They still maintain journalism excellence and stress on reportorial talent.On the other hand, fake news websites run by people with non journalism background and promote their own ideology with fake news and disinformations and obviously conspiracy theories.

But unfortunately mainstream media also manipulates news to establish their story angle.There were various instances when News papers and TV Channels promoted fake news/conspiracy theories in the form of out of context or manipulated pictures/videos and distorted informations.

Always check the URL of any website.Some fake news websites look like the orginal and popular one the same layout,Logo but if you check the URL you may find extra words like if the orginal website's URL is www.xxx.com the duplicate one might be www.xxx.com.co or something like that so first check the URL for authentic informations.

Check whether photos are original or photoshopped.Check Google images for authenticity.You can find help from Google Reverse Images search.

Check the news sources from other websites whether they picked up the story or not.

Whether the website layout is little bit clumsy and obviously grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes and excessive use of Sex related and sensational and hate stories.Because sex and hate sells.

Follow official websites relating to COVID-19

WHO Clarifies the disinformation about the virus:
COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
Cold Weather and Snow can not kill the new coronavirus
Taking a Hot Bath Does Not Prevent COVID-19
COVID-19 Can not be transmitted through mosquito bites

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth)

According to World Health Organization (WHO): Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth . If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.

If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition

Follow WHO guidelines

www.who.int

When you follow COVID-19 related news and messages from social media then check and recheck it before consuming it.Follow journalism mantra: if your mother says she loves you, check it out.

Most of the messages or informations quote different organizations like WHO, UNICEF, UNDP,Cambridge University  or other well known institutes,organizations or individual to authenticate the messeges.Check official websites of these organizations  if stories are repeated there

Forwarding messages from unknown sources or little known sources, it would be better to ignore it.

Check whether any logo like UNICEF or WHO or other organizations used in the messages which look similar to original logo.

These type of messages are full of Grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes which are quite uncommon in original messages.

Don't rely on viral social media messages such as Coronavirus Infected Indian Currencies of Rs.500 and Rs.2,000 Notes Found, Muslim Man Spit in Food At Indian Restaurant.....Always Check Authentic Sources.

Some fake messages pretend to be real one like unofficial Twitter handle of international media organizations like BBC,CNN,Washinton Post, New York Times-check the official Twitter handles of media outlets.

You can identify fake messages if the message requests you to share it.

Beware of Fake News or Fake Photos/Videos Relating to Communal Hatred

Always check the fact checking sites if you have some doubts about the authenticity of any information or picture.

www.boomlive.in

www.altnews.in

https://check4spam.com

https://smhoaxslayer.com

www.factchecker.in

www.allsides.com

www.factcheck.org

www.newsbusters.org

www.politifact.com

www.snopes.com

www.propublica.org

The Same Method Applies to You Tube Videos Check the Source the credibility of the Source.To Check Fake You Tube Videos Check and Recheck the sources. Does the person have the legal right to the video posted? Did that person capture the video? Whether it has been altered?

But due to advancement of technology we can not really wipe out fake news.According to experts advent of  Artificial Intelligence(AI) some companies small or big one developing  technologies that can  lay digitally created script to anybody's voice  even words,sentences never said by the person.Even they a.re developing a technology which can create fake video footage,images,audios like originals.So be cautious! Rumour-mongers are active everywhere whether in physical world or cyber world.

For any further information relating to fake news and how-to search authentic informations from the internet write to us info@crimeandmoreworld.com or Whats App:+919073399779

COVID-19 Related Conspiracy Theories:
https://fsi.stanford.edu/news/china-covid19

 

 

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