USCIRF News Digest - January 28, 2020


Date:                     January 28, 2020


USCIRF News Digest - January 28, 2020
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Top News from Around the World

China Detains Hui Muslim Poet Who Spoke Out Against Xinjiang Camps​ (RFA)
China’s Camps now Have Survivors, and Their Ordeals Aren’t Over (WP)

China a '21st Century Surveillance State,' U.S. Defense Chief Says (NYT)
Uyghur Escape in Thailand Draws International Focus on Minority Muslim Group (RFA)
Two Uyghur Cadres Jailed Over Failure to Confiscate ‘Illegal Religious Text’ (RFA)

Two Attempts to Slaughter Copts in Cairo and Giza (Watani)
Ramy Kamel, Mada Masr, and Seeing Coptic Issues as Civil Liberties in Egypt (TIMEP)

Indonesia’s Aceh Hires Female Floggers to Whip Women for Premarital Sex, Cuddling in Public (SCMP)
Indonesia’s Wealth Gap Spurs Muslims to Join ‘Economic Jihad’ (Nikkei Asian Review)
'It's Dangerous': Sinaga Case Fuels LGBT Backlash in Indonesia (Al Jazeera)

Iran Imposes Discriminatory Forms For New National ID Cards  (RFE/RL)

Why 'Islam' Is on Malaysian Muslims' Identity Cards (Malay Mail)
Suhakam to Hold Public Inquiry into Disappearance of Christian Couple (Malay Mail)

Middle East
Can Middle Eastern Christians Help Combat Antisemitism? (Providence)

Church Cancels Protest Walk in Montenegro’s Old Capital (Balkan Insight)
Montenegro Govt, Serbian Church, Seek Dialogue on Religion Law (Balkan Insight)
Church Protests in Montenegro – Key Facts (Balkan Insight)

Christians Face Threats Throughout Syria, Thanks to its President (Christian Post)

Dam Projects in Southeast Turkey Threaten Centuries-old Alevi Villages (Ahval)
The Alevis’ Fight for Recognition in Turkey (Deutsche Welle)
Turkey’s Education Ministry Launches Investigation Into Guidebook over Discriminatory Images (Ahval)
Turkey’s Armenian Patriarchate Objects Public Tender for Iconic Istanbul (Ahval)
Opposition MP Paylan Asks if Historic Building Will Be Returned to Armenians (Duvar)
Turkey: The Worst Antisemitic Incidents of 2019 (Ahval)

‘Reforming’ Uzbekistan Makes Big Additions to List of Banned Material, Websites (RFE/RL)

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