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One of this year’s most refreshing developments was the youth-led action on climate change. AAP Image/Dan Peled

5 human rights issues that defined 2019

From mass climate change movements to cultural genocide of Uighurs in China, here are some of the headline human rights moments that captured Australia’s attention.
Omer Bekali, a former detainee in China’s vast camps for Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities, speaking to a news conference in Germany about his experiences. Felipe Trueba/EPA

Leaked documents on Uighur detention camps in China – an expert explains the key revelations

The New York Times has published 400 pages of Chinese government documents on the ‘re-education’ camps for Muslim detainees in Xinjiang. Here’s what you need to know.
Uyghurs in Australia are pressing Canberra to take a firmer stance with China on its treatment of the Muslim minority. Thus far, Australia’s response has been relatively muted. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Despite China’s denials, its treatment of the Uyghurs should be called what it is: cultural genocide

China says it is helping the Uyghurs, but its actions meet the threshold of cultural genocide: ‘a premeditated, calculated, systematic, malicious crime authorised by the state’s political leaders’.
Many Muslim minorities in China, particularly the Uyghurs, are arbitrarily arrested and imprisoned. from shutterstock.com

Explainer: who are the Uyghurs and why is the Chinese government detaining them?

The Uyghurs are a Muslim minority group living China’s Xinjiang region. It is now estimated over one million Uyghurs have been arrested and imprisoned in China’s vast network of “re-education” camps.

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