August 5, 2020

USA: U.S. Customs And Border Protection Seized Nearly 13 Tons Of Human Hair Products Believed To Be Linked To Alleged Forced Child Labor And Imprisonment In Communist Ruled China.

China Uncensored published July 13, 2020: 13 Tons of Human Hair Shipped From China | Uyghur Persecution with Nury Turkel. 13 tons of human hair worth over a billion dollars has been seized by US Customs. The shipment was from China and likely from imprisoned Uyghurs in concentration camps in Xinjiang. And that's just the beginning of the persecution Uyghur Muslims are facing in China. Joining me today is Nury Turkel, a Uyghur-American attorney, Uyghur rights advocate, and commissioner for the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Fox5 News, New York City Local
written by Catherine Park
Wednesday July 1, 2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday that officers seized nearly 13 tons of human hair products believed to be linked to alleged forced child labor and imprisonment.

The Port of New York/Newark reported receiving the shipment from Lop County Meixin Hair Product Co. Ltd. with an estimated worth of over $800,000, according to a CBP news release.

Port entries nationwide were instructed to detain all such products because of information received that alleged the manufacturer forced labor which included, but was not limited to, excessive overtime, withholding wages and restricted movement of workers.

Starting June 17, CBP was given a Withhold Release Order (WRO) which allows officers to seize all hair-related products that are manufactured by the specific company out of Xinjian, China due to the allegations made against it, according to CBP.

“It is absolutely essential that American importers ensure that the integrity of their supply chain meets the humane and ethical standards expected by the American government and by American consumers,” said Brenda Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner of the CBP Office of Trade.

“The production of these goods constitutes a very serious human rights violation, and the detention order is intended to send a clear and direct message to all entities seeking to do business with the United States that illicit and inhumane practices will not be tolerated in U.S. supply chains.”

It was also suspected that the hair products could be from China’s Uighur concentration camps, according to a tweet made by National Security Council spokesperson John Ullyot.

“If this highly suspicious, 13-ton shipment of human hair indeed turns out to be linked to the Uyghur concentration camps, then this is a new low — even for the Chinese Communist Party,” Ullyot said.
The Chinese government has instituted forced labor on a mass scale as part of its campaign to subjugate and forcibly assimilate Uighur and other Muslim ethnic minorities, according to a report by Axios.

It was also recently discovered that politicians around the world have called for a United Nations probe into a Chinese government birth control campaign targeting largely Muslim minorities in the far western region of Xinjiang, even as Beijing said it treats all ethnicities equally under the law.

An Associated Press investigation published this week found the Chinese government is taking measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities, while encouraging some of the country’s Han majority to have more children. The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, a group of European, Australian, North American, and Japanese politicians from across the political spectrum, demanded an independent U.N. investigation.

“The world cannot remain silent in the face of unfolding atrocities,” the group said in a statement.

John Bolton alleged in his new book that President Donald Trump thought Chinese President Xi Jinping’s idea to build the Uighur concentration camps “was exactly the right thing to do,” the book claimed.

At a summit in Japan in 2019, with only interpreters present, Xi gave Trump an explanation for the Chinese camps for Uighurs, who are ethnically and culturally distinct from the country’s majority Han population and are suspected of harboring separatist tendencies, Bolton wrote.

Trump’s alleged comment to Xi was at odds with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement condemning China’s treatment of the Uighurs.

“In China, state-sponsored repression against all religions continues to intensify,” Pompeo said in releasing the department’s latest annual International Religious Freedom report. “The Chinese Communist Party is now ordering religious organizations to obey CCP leadership and infuse communist dogma into their teachings and practice of their faith. The mass detentions of Uighurs in Xinjiang continues.”

Anyone who has reason to believe merchandise was produced with the use of forced labor and is being, or likely to be, imported into the U.S., can report it to CBP through the e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT.

France24 News
written by Liselotte Mas
September 25, 2019

A video showing hundreds of blindfolded and handcuffed prisoners being led off a train appeared on YouTube on Sept. 17. An Australian researcher has shown that the drone footage was filmed in China's Xinjiang province. The video offers a rare glimpse into the Chinese-run "reeducation" centres where huge numbers of the province's Uyghur Muslims are being held.

The video, a screen recording of a drone, garnered more than 460,000 views within a week of being posted. It is the only video posted on the YouTube channel "War on Fear", which was created the day the video was uploaded. The channel provides no specific context for the video and no information about when or where it was filmed. The video caption refers only to "the long-term suppression of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Chinese government in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region."

A researcher named Nathan Ruser, who works for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a think tank that focuses on security and defence, did some serious sleuthing to verify this video.

“4 days ago a video showing 3-400 detainees handcuffed & blindfolded at a train station in Xinjiang was uploaded to YouTube. In this thread I'll share how I've verified that this video was filmed at Korla (41.8202, 86.0176) on or around August 18th,” Ruser tweeted on September 21.

Step 1: verify the location of the video

Ruser started by identifying the location where the video was filmed. To do this, he looked at the orientation map on the bottom left of the screen, which indicates the drone’s approximate location in regards to a town called Korla. Using the scale indicated on the map, he was able to establish that the drone filmed the video 12.42 kilometres from Korla.

Ruser then used Google Earth to look for a location 12.42 kilometres from Korla that had the elements visible in the video: a white building, trees, train tracks and a parking lot. He eventually found the exact location where the video was filmed: a train station to the west of Korla, near the Yusu Tunshanghu neighbourhood.

Step 2 : verify the date of the video

Ruser then worked to establish exactly when the video was filmed. To do that, he compared the shadows visible in the footage with the shadows that appear on Google Earth satellite images taken on specific dates. He noticed that the orientation and size of the shadows were most similar to the satellite images captured by Google on Sept. 7, 2019.

He then did a series of complex calculations to determine the height of the pole, based on the sun’s elevation and azimuth. Using SunCalc, a tool that can estimate the day and month that a photo or video was taken based on a shadow in the image, he determined that the footage was taken between Aug. 18 and 20, though it isn’t clear what year.

Finally, Ruser had to determine what year the video was filmed. He studied satellite images of the train station taken in different years and noticed several changes. In the video, the parking lot is not paved. Satellite imagery showed that the parking lot was paved in June 2019, so the video was definitely filmed before then. He then found two small bushes in the footage, which weren’t in satellite images from 2017, but did appear in footage from 2018. That’s how he determined that the video was filmed sometime around Aug. 20, 2018.

Video called "deeply disturbing"

Ruser believes that this footage shows the campaign of repression against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang that began in 2017, even though nothing in the video proves beyond doubt that the men in the video are Uyghurs.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne called the video "deeply disturbing" and said she would continue to press the Chinese government on the issue of mass detention of Uyghurs.

China’s campaign of repression

China blames the Uyghur Muslim minority in its entirety for the actions of the Turkistan Islamic Party, a small terrorist group affiliated with Al Qaeda that is made up of several hundred people, mostly from the Uyghur diaspora.

The Chinese government is particularly cracking down on Uyghurs who have contacts abroad or who have publicly expressed their faith. The authorities have also targeted Uyghur students abroad and destroyed Uyghur mosques. They’ve also been using the latest technology to keep the population under surveillance.

Numerous reports have documented the persecution of this minority group.

According to the New York Times, local courts in Xinjiang sentenced 230,000 people to prison in 2017 and 2018. Though Xinjiang is home to only 2 percent of China’s population, arrests made in the region represent 22 percent of those made nationally.

TLDR News published July 15, 2020: China's Hidden Concentration Camps: How China Imprisoned Millions of Uighur Muslims. Very informative.

CBC News: The National published November 25, 2019: Leaked files reveal China’s mass detention camps for Uighur Muslims. Leaked Chinese government documents reveal the prison-like detention and indoctrination taking place at camps in China’s Xinjiang region, where ethnic minority Muslims — known as Uighurs — are being held. The documents were obtained, verified and translated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in collaboration with CBC News.

UPDATE 8/5/20 at 9:33pm: Added info below.

End Transplant Abuse published September 25, 2019: Hamid Sabi - China Tribunal - UN Human Rights Council 42nd Session (Ingenieurs du Monde)

Mr Hamid Sabi - Counsel to the China Tribunal addressed the UN Human Rights Council on the 24th September, 2019. (Footage provided by UN live feed and Ingenieurs du Monde.)

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