Summary of Uyghur News: 11th–18th November 2022

Here is a summary of recent Uyghur news from around the world:

Taiwanese NGOs support Uyghur independence

On November 12, the anniversary of the founding of two short-lived independent Uyghur states in Xinjiang in the early 20th century, several non-governmental organizations in Taiwan declared that Uyghurs had been deprived of basic human rights since they lost their sovereignty during the 1949 invasion of the Republic of East Turkestan by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

Human Rights Watch calls on G20 leaders to challenge Xi over human rights abuses in Xinjiang

Human Rights Watch called on world leaders during the G-20 summit in Indonesia to call for an international investigation and accountability for widespread and systematic human rights abuses by the Chinese government.

China’s yarn export shrank due to US ban on Xinjiang cotton

China’s yarn exports fell nearly 25% from May to September. In June, a US law banning products from Xinjiang went into effect, affecting yarn exports from the region, Fibre2Fashion reported.

China jails mother, sister-in-law of Uyghur Dutch airman

China sentenced the mother and sister-in-law of a Dutch Uyghur national and Dutch Air Force member to 15 years in prison on terrorism charges after visiting and communicating with him, Radio Free Asia reported.

Report: China forces Uyghur women to marry Chinese men in Xinjiang

The Chinese government systematically imposes forced interracial marriages on Uyghur women, according to a report by the Washington-based Uyghur Human Rights Project.

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Chinese state-backed threat actors continue to conduct online surveillance of Uyghurs through spyware mimicking Android apps, according to a new investigative report from San Francisco-based cybersecurity firm Lookout. Last Thursday, Lookout published an investigative report titled “Lookout Discovers Long-term Surveillance Activities Targeting Uyghurs,” which alleges that some new Uyghur-language Android apps are linked to two malicious programs called BadBazaar and Moonshine. According to the report, the campaign was linked to a type of spyware likely created by Chinese-speaking developers and used to spy on Uyghur-speaking communities inside and outside of China.

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“Threat actors seem to be more strategic when it comes to how to protect their infrastructure and even hide the malicious features in the applications: The monitoring features are not built into the app – they are downloaded into the application once the user installs or decrypts them and extracted from a separate file within the application. This can make it harder for antivirus products to detect the threat on a user’s device.”

— Kristina Balaam, Lookout’s security intelligence associate, to VOA

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