Organisers of the panel convened by Barrister Geoffrey Nice are in the initial stages of gathering evidence, and expect to receive a substantial number of submissions from Uighurs exiled abroad over the next few months.
The sanctions hit the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, its commander and former political commissar for alleged abuses against Uighur Muslims.
Coalition of over 180 human rights groups says major apparel brands continue to source millions of tons of cotton and yarn from Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, where China is accused of forced labour and other rights abuses.
Some of the most outspoken critics of China –– US Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz along with Congressman Chris Smith –– are among those targeted by Beijing, as well as the US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, Sam Brownback.
The bipartisan bill, introduced by Republican Senator Marco Rubio, calls for sanctions against those responsible for the repression of Uighurs and other Muslim groups in China.
China in reaction said it resolutely opposes the US House of Representatives' bill requiring the Trump administration to toughen its response to what the bill called China's crackdown on ethnic Muslim minorities in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
Nur Bekri was sentenced by a court in the northeastern city of Shenyang on charges of taking over $11 million in bribes. There was no immediate connection between Bekri’s downfall and China's policy for Uighur Muslims.
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) awards joint Havel Prize to Uighur economist Ilham Tohti and Balkans-based Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR).
China Radio International's Turkish language service posted a video purporting to show a man who identified himself as Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit. Turkish sources say the video does not prove he is alive.
Turkish Foreign Ministry says it "expects Chinese authorities to consider Turkish people’s reaction over serious human rights violations."
While curbs on religious practice remain in place in the predominantly-Muslim region of Xinjiang, for Hui Muslims in Beijing, Ramadan allows them to relive centuries-old traditions.
Two Chinese nationals have been arrested and charged for assisting the shooter who killed at least 39 people at a popular nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's.
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