The golden year of Uyghur Advocacy: Major Uyghur News of 2021

by Uyghur Times
major news 2021

By Tahir Imin Uyghurian

January 5, 2022

In 2021, significant events unfolded for the Uyghur community, shedding light on the atrocities and crimes committed by the Chinese government against them. Western democracies not only recognized the Uyghur genocide but also took collective actions against forced labor and genocide, signifying a turning point in the fight for justice.

In this article, I have examined the major events that have taken place regarding the Uyghurs, organizing dozens of the most significant developments pertaining to the Uyghur community and China.

1-New York Times: U.S. Says China’s Repression of Uighurs Is ‘Genocide’

Jan. 19, 2021

The finding by the Trump administration is the strongest denunciation by any government of China’s actions and follows a Biden campaign statement with the same declaration.

2-Retuers: Canada’s parliament passes motion saying China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide

FEBRUARY 22, 2021

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s parliament passed a non-binding motion on Monday saying China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region constitutes genocide, putting pressure on Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to follow suit.

3-Returs: Dutch parliament: China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide

FEBRUARY 25, 2021

By Reuters Staff

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion saying the treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in China amounts to genocide, the first such move by a European country.

4-NPR: Chinese Hackers Made Fake Facebook Profiles, Apps To Spy On Uyghur Activists

March 24, 20218:15 PM ET

Vanessa Romo

Chinese hackers used fake Facebook profiles and spoof websites to target Uyghur activists with spy malware, the social media company announced on Wednesday.

5-The Guardian: UK MPs declare China is committing genocide against Uyghurs in Xinjiang

Thu 22 Apr 2021 13.34 EDT

British MPs voted to declare that China is committing genocide against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang province.

6-Lithuanian parliament passes resolution condemning ‘Uighur genocide’ in China

2021.05.20 16:05

Lithuania’s parliament passed a resolution on Thursday recognizing China’s repression of Uyghur Muslims as genocide, joining the U.S. government and the parliaments of the United Kingdom, Canada, and the Netherlands in doing so.

7-BBC: Uyghur imams targeted in China’s Xinjiang crackdown

13 May 2021

China has imprisoned or detained at least 630 imams and other Muslim religious figures since 2014 in its crackdown in the Xinjiang region, according to new research by a Uyghur rights group.

8-BBC: AI emotion-detection software tested on Uyghurs

26 May 2021

A camera system that uses AI and facial recognition intended to reveal states of emotion has been tested on Uyghurs in Xinjiang, the BBC has been told.

9-AP: Uyghur exiles describe forced abortions, torture in Xinjiang

June 3, 2021

 Three Uyghurs who fled from China to Turkey have described forced abortions and torture by Chinese authorities in China’s far western Xinjiang region, ahead of giving testimony to a people’s tribunal in London that is investigating if Beijing’s actions against ethnic Uyghurs amount to genocide.

10-CNN: Uyghurs are being deported from Muslim countries, raising concerns about China’s growing reach

By Jomana Karadsheh and Gul Tuysuz, CNN,11:26 AM EDT, Tue June 8, 2021
Amannisa Abdullah and her husband, Ahmad Talip, were on their way to shop for baby clothes in Dubai when the message that changed both their lives came through. Ahmad read it and announced an abrupt change of plan: He had to report to a police station immediately. 

11-Christian Today: First Denomination to Condemn Uyghur Muslim Genocide? Southern Baptists

JUNE 28, 2021

Such statements that bridge faiths are rare, based on my two decades of working on religious freedom. Christians need to make more.

12-AP: Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai, holds Uyghurs

By The Associated Press  August 16, 2021

A young Chinese woman says she was held for eight days at a Chinese-run secret detention facility in Dubai along with at least two Uyghurs, in what may be the first evidence that China is operating a so-called “black site” beyond its borders.

13-Politico: G7 doubles down on fighting Uyghur forced labor


OCTOBER 22, 2021 

G7 trade ministers on Friday reiterated a commitment to tackle forced labor worldwide at a meeting in London and added specific phrases to make it clear that Beijing was in their crosshairs.

14-BBC: Leaked papers link top Chinese leaders to Uyghur crackdown

30 November 2021

A newly published cache of documents directly links top Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping, to the state’s crackdown on Uyghur Muslims.

15-CNN: White House announces US diplomatic boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

By Allie Malloy and Kate Sullivan, CNN

Updated 2:27 PM EST, Mon December 6, 2021

The Biden administration will not send an official US delegation to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as a statement against China’s “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday.

16-BBC: China committed genocide against Uyghurs, independent tribunal rules

9 December 2021

The Uyghur Tribunal cited birth control and sterilization measures allegedly carried out by the state against the Uyghurs as the primary reason for reaching its conclusion on Thursday.

17-Washington Post: Biden signs Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act into law

December 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST

President Biden on Thursday signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, a bipartisan bill that bans imports from China’s Xinjiang region unless the importer can prove they were not made with forced labor.

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