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28 Shawwal 1443 AH - May 29 2022 Issue # 22, Newsletter #1969


 Dr Kaukab Siddique

Houston, Texas.
Trump Made Some Good Points in his pro-Gun Speech.

by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

Numerous protests against the NRA program in Houston could not stop the gun lobby despite the massacre of school children in Uvalde.

However President Trump made positive suggestions about the safety of schools. He is a powrrful speaker and Newsmax projected his entire speech. Democrats have no match.

The most positive point he made was that our children and their schools are most important for America. We should focus on the protection of our schools. We do have the money to provide layers of security for the schools. Why are we sending $40 billion to Ukraine and keeping our schools undefended. Here is his advice:

  1. There should be one or more armed guards at each school. Retired military should be hired. Many of them might volunteer.

  2. Every visitor should be checked first by the armed guards and then documented by school officials.

  3. No one should be able to reach the children unless cleared by three layers of security and documentation.

  4. Mental health should be our primary concern.

  5. Inner doors should de opened only after detailed clearance and documentation of visitors.

  6. Our children's security, not wars overseas, should be our primary concern.

My advice to President Trump is to focus on the Zionists in the Democratic Party and his own party. They are more interested in the "security" of Israel than in the security of our children.



[Please read the conclusion of this articlre which sums it up.]

Analysis of Imran Khan's Drama in Pakistan
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

All of Pakistan seems to have turned out to support Imran Khan's march on Islamabad. [May 26]

It was as if the masses had swallowed Imran's claim that a foreign power, America, was behind his removal from the position of Prime Minister and that the new government was an "imported government."

Let us look at how Imran brought about this drama.

  1. He ignored the fact that during three plus years of his rule [August 2018 to April 2022] he did not fulfil any of the promises he had made to Pakistanis to get himself elected.

  2. The economy was a disaster and totally at the mercy of the World Bank and IMF
  3. Pakistan is built on Islam but Imran failed to do anything Islamic for Pakistan. His relations with Jamaate Islami and other Islamic groups were lukewarm or simply missing.

  4. Crime and gangsterism were rampant during his regime.

  5. He was obeying America in his efforts to crush Islamic groups in the frontier areas.

  6. He crushed Baluchistan and several thousand people simply disappeared.

  7. He gave speeches about Kashmir but the border with Indian occupied Kashmir and India remained peaceful. The incidents on the Kashmir line of control came from India, not from his regime. He had abandoned Kashmir.

  8. In desperate attempts to get resources from China he totally abandoned the Uighur Muslims of China, millions of whom are in Communist concentration camps.

  9. He was heavy handed in his attacks on political parties opposing him. For the first time in Pakistan's history female opponents were imprisoned, including Nawaz Sharif's daughter, Maryam..

  10. He made a mantra out of calling his opponents crooks, thieves and thugs. Corruption has been part of Pakistani politics but he skillfully used it to neutralize his opposition..

  11. Things became so bad in his own party that his followers started defecting to the opposition.

  12. When his opponents united, he simply had the National Assembly dissolved to abort the no-trust vote he was facing.

    When Imran knew it was all over for his regime, he played a masterpiece of his game. He claimed that America was behind his ouster. He knew that Pakistan is sick of groveling before America. Tens of thousands came out to support him against America,

Imran simply ignored his failure as Prime Minister and instead stoked the fires of anti-Americanism.
Actually the Pakistani military has worked with America against mujaheddin groups and is involved in some way in the assassination of Osama bin Laden, the global leader of anti-American forces. Imran, sneaky politician that he is, did not criticize the army.

In the final part of his drama, the media hostile to Islam, like the Pakistan daily Dawn, gave maximum coverage to rallies of innocent people supporting Imran. Dawn was giving details of the gathering points of those supporting Imran and exaggerated accounts of police action against them.

Once Imran Khan reached Islamabad, he proclaimed that he would stay there until new elections were announced. Hours later he announced that he was leaving and would come back within six days if new elections were not announced. [He is known as Mr. U-turn.]

{On May 28, another female opposition leader Marriyum Aurangzeb, who is now the Information Minister, told a press conference that there would be no talking to Imran until he stops being abusive.]

[We should understand Pakistan's media support for Imran.

On May 22, a huge opposition rally was held in Islamabad. Thousands were holding and waving Pakistan's green banner. Pakistani women were there in large numbers. Even Christians, several thousand, joined the crowd to show support for inter-religious harmony. A storm hit Islamabad, with heavy rain which went on and on.. The organizers urged the crowd not to waver and hold on to the scaffolding. Social media videotaped the event live. No one left.

The mainstream media did not say a word about the huge rally.

Guess why?
The rally was organized by Jamate Islami and was addressed by Sirajul Huq and the top leadership of the Jamat.]

War News

 War News


Russian forces using tanks, missiles and long range artillery are advancing in eastern and southern Ukraine.

Russia is capturing a couple of towns every week.
The Kiev regime seems to be facing defeat.


Turkey is getting ready for a large scale new move into Syria.

Russia has withdrawn its air force and troops from across Syria. It asked the Assad regime to fill the vacated positions. The regime did not have enough troops to fill the positions and has asked the Iranians to step in.

Syrians supporting Turkey are shelling SDF pro USA [Kurdish Communists] positions in western Aleppo province, north central Syria and northern Hasakeh province.

Assad troops and Jihad groups clashed in north east Latakia and on the borders of Irbid province.

In Deraa province several Assad troops and officials have been killed.

In Suwaida province [south of Damascus] tribal people and Assad people are clashing, leading to chaos and crimes.

After the stoppage of Russian bombing, SOHR reports that ISIS is coming out openly in Deir ez Zor province and southern al-Raqqa as well as eastern Homs. In some places ISIS is imposing Sharia.

2022-05-29 03:36

Shafaq News/ Iraqi fighter jets pounded a cave used by a group of ISIS militants as a hideout in the mountains of Hamrin in Diyala, the Security Media Cell (SMC) said on Sunday.

SMC said that the Iraqi F-16 fighter jets carried out two airstrikes on the cave located in the Zorluk area, killing three "terrorists" and injuring another.


Palestinian teenager shot dead, dozens injured by Israeli forces

Palestinian health ministry says killing 'part of a series' of 'field executions carried out by the occupation forces'.

Israeli forces shot a Palestinian teenager dead near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank and in a separate incident Israeli forces injured around 90 people protesting near Nablus against the confiscation of Palestinian flags by Jewish settlers.

At least one Palestinian was shot in the leg and dozens of other protesters sustained injuries from stun grenades, rubber-coated bullets and tear gas inhalation during clashes in the West Bank town of Huwara, near the city of Nablus, the Palestine Red Crescent Society said on Friday.

Videos posted on social media earlier this week showed Jewish settlers and Israeli soldiers taking down Palestinian flags in the town. On Friday, Palestinians organised a march of people waving flags.

"What is happening in Huwara is a provocation by the settlers," Mohammad Abdelhameed, a Huwara council member, told Reuters.

"We hang the Palestinian flag, which is a symbol of our identity and it will remain raised as long as we are on this land," he said.

A Jewish settler holds a Palestinian flag that he removed, as a member of the Israeli security forces tries to prevent him from doing so in the occupied West Bank town of Huwara, on May 27, 2022 [Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP]

A Jewish settler holds a Palestinian flag that he removed as a member of the Israeli security forces tries to prevent him from doing so in the occupied West Bank town of Huwara on May 27, 2022 [Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP]

Israeli law does not ban the Palestinian flag, but police and soldiers regularly remove Palestinian flags from public areas.

Condemning the Israeli forces' violence as "repression", the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that locals were protesting against expanding Jewish settlements and the confiscation of Palestinian land.

The Israeli military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

'Field executions'

Separately, Israeli forces shot a Palestinian teenager dead in the town of al-Khader near Bethlehem, the Palestinian health ministry said.

News Within the U.S.

 News within the US

The Workings of Israeli Propaganda & Provocation.
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

Recently a senior Iranian officer was assassinated in the streets of Tehran, Iran.

Now Israel is claiming that the Iranian officer was killed by Israel. This report is being "leaked" to the American public through the New York Times.

Israel is pretending that the Biden administration should not have told the New York Times and Israel is "furious."

Our readers should try to understand this story:
  1. There is no evidence in this story that Israel did this killing.
  2. It conveys the idea that Israel is able to strike right in the capital city of Iran.
  3. Iran is helpless and cannot strike back.
  4. The story is being projected through the New York Times because the NYT has prestige and large circulation in America. Most Americans [and most Muslims} do not know that the NYT has been the consistent, though subtle, supporter of Israel for decades.
  5. A further purpose here is create the impression that the US is turning against Israel under Biden's presidency.
  6. Finally Iran itself might be provoked into carrying out a counter attack against Israel.

Al-Jazeera had noted right after the attack that the Iranian officer had been involved in the fighting in Syria in support of Syrian dictator and this counterattack probably came from there. He was not involved in Iran's nuclear program.



Kashmir: A case of world apathy panel held in Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey. May 26, 2022. A panel discussion took place at ILKE Science, Culture, Education Foundation, Istanbul, entitled, "Kashmir: A Case of World Apathy." Panelists included, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General, World Kashmir Awareness Forum & Dr. Waleed Rasool, Professor at Riphah University, Islamabad. The emcee was Ahsan Shafiq Butt, foreign relations coordinator at the Foundation. Ahsan Shafiq, an energetic and scholarly personality, who said that Kashmir has been victim of World's apathy rather hypocrisy. Yet we Muslims need to take the lead even if it means small steps and not leaps to make a difference.

ILKE Foundation, established in 1980's, produces information, policies and strategies, conducts research that will guide decision makers, and contribute to the formation of the necessary knowledge for the future. ILKE Foundation has contributed so far in the fields of education, business ethics, civil society, law and management. It produces charity-oriented work for the purpose of living within the framework of Islamic and human values, conducive to living, and pioneering the realization of a transformation in this direction in society. While doing this, ILKE Foundation cares about taking into account the spirit of the time and the needs of the day, and consultation and cooperation with institutions that carry out similar studies. ILKE Foundation believes that a life should be aimed at serving humanity and humanity alone.

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai said that Indian perspective regarding Kashmir has been full of deceit, deception and lies. Responding to a question: (question hour lasted for two hours) Is Kashmir an integral part of India? Fai explained that under all international agreements, which were agreed upon by both India and Pakistan, negotiated by the United Nations and accepted by the Security Council, Kashmir does not belong to any member state of the United Nations. If Kashmir does not belong to any member state of the United Nations, then the claim that Kashmir is an integral part of India does not stand. So, if Kashmir is not integral part of India, then to call Kashmiris separatist is an insult and an absolute fallacy because Kashmir cannot separate from a country, like India to which it has never acceded to in the first place.

Answering a question, Dr. Fai said that the people of Kashmir understand that India's obdurate stand has been effective in creating the impression among policy makers of the world powers, including the United States that the idea of plebiscite is unworkable, although, the United States and Britain have traditionally been committed supporters of the plebiscite agreement as the only way to resolve this issue. They sponsored all the Security Council resolutions which called for a plebiscite. Plebiscite became a matter of controversy only after India realized that she could not win the people's vote. Fai also added that when the Kashmir dispute erupted in 1947-1948, the United States championed the stand that the future status of Kashmir must be ascertained in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of the territory. The United States was the principal sponsor of the resolution # 47 which was adopted by the Security Council on 21 April 1948, and which was based on that unchallenged principle.

Responding to a question of popular sentiments of the people towards the freedom struggle, Fai explained that the scale of popular backing for it can be judged from the established fact that, on many occasions since 1990, virtually the entire population of Srinagar came out on the streets in an unparalleled demonstration of protest against the oppressive status quo. The further fact that they presented petitions at the office of the United Nations Military Observers Group (UNMOGIP) shows the essentially peaceful nature of the aims of the uprising and its trust in justice under international law. India has tried to portray the uprising as the work of terrorists or fanatics. Terrorists do not compose an entire population, including women and children; fanatics do not look to the United Nations to achieve pacific and rational settlement, Fai said.

Fai referred to the report issued by the U.N. High Commissioner of Human rights which underlines this fact by stating; "While Indian-Administered Kashmir has experienced waves of protests in the past—in the late 1980s to early 1990s, 2008 and 2010—this current round of protests appears to involve more people than the past, and the profile of protesters has also shifted to include more young, middle-class Kashmiris, including females who do not appear to have been participating in the past."

Fai agreed with the questioner that Kashmir struggle has been met with studied unconcern by the United Nations. This studies unconcern has given a sense of total impunity to India, responded Dr. Fai. It has also created the impression that the United Nations is invidiously selective about the application of the principles of human rights and democracy. There is a glaring contrast between the outcry over the massacre in Ukraine, on the one side, and the official silence (barring some faint murmurs of disapproval) over the killing and maiming of a vastly greater number of civilians in Kashmir and the systematic violation of the 1949 Geneva Convention. Fai added that it is the moral obligation of the world powers to respond to the pain and suffering of innocent civilians of Ukraine, however, they should not turn the blind eye towards the pain and suffering of other international conflicts, including Kashmir.

Fai told the wide audience which included faculties, students, members of civil society that Yasin Malik, one of the most elevated and prominent leaders of Kashmir political resistance movement is a peace maker. Yasin Malik dedicated his life to convince the leadership of both India and Pakistan as well as important world capitals, including the United States that the only way to resolve the Kashmir conflict was through peaceful negotiations between all parties concerned - India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership. The life sentence is share sickening and extremely abhorrent. World community must intervene to let justice prevail. We hope the time has come the world powers will end its apathy and insensitivity towards Kashmir, Fai hoped.

Dr. Waleed Rasool articulated the Kashmiri perspective in these words, "Kashmir is neither part of India nor Part of British India therefore, none of the Indian laws are applicable in Kashmir.

Kashmir dispute is legitimate international dispute as per UN resolutions and International law. India occupied Kashmir in 1947 and reannexed it in 2019, therefore, India is aggressor and occupier.

Dr. Rasool added: 'Since Kashmir was not a sovereign part of India, therefore, the resistance movement is neither a separatist movement nor successionist but movement of right to self-determination which demands implementation of the UN resolutions - that sanctifies the Kashmiri freedom struggle.

The agenda setting and framing of disinformation campaign by Indian intelligence agencies of legitimate Kashmiri struggle needs the intellectual support of academics and scholars to distinguish the falsehood from the truth and reality, Rasool explained.

Dr. Rasool emphasized that Kashmir has no geographical, historical or cultural relationship with India. We appeal the world community not to see the Kashmir tragedy from the lenses of either India or Pakistan but purely from humanitarian and objective lenses.

Aslan Balci of Anadolu Agency said, "It was a very useful panel about, Kashmir under Indian occupation. We listened and heard very useful words from Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai and Dr. Waleed Rasool.

Among others, who were present included, Dr. Mubeen Shah, prominent global Kashmiri diaspora leader, Turgay Rvren, Turkish author, poet, songwriter.

Dr. Fai can be reached at: WhatsApp: 1-202-607-6435
Political Prisoners :

Civil Discord Show



Protestants : Abuse and Cover up.
Not Much of Religion left in America

[BBC May 25]

Leaders of the world's largest Baptist denomination met on Tuesday to "discuss and process" an investigative report uncovered decades of abuse and cover-ups.

The Southern Baptist Convention - the US-based association for the church - had covered up the abuse and vilified survivors, it said.

Calls for help were often met with "outright hostility", the report added.

With 13 million members, SBC is the largest Protestant body in the US.

The investigation, carried out for the SBC by an outside firm, was launched in the wake of 2019 report by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News that exposed hundreds of alleged cases of sex abuse within the church.

On Tuesday, SBC officials said they would discuss the report and begin what executive committee leaders have termed "the beginning of a season of listening, lamenting and learning how to address sexual abuse".

An attorney for the SBC's executive committee said that the organisation plans to make a list of abusers publicly available once it ensures that all the names included are substantiated, and survivors' identities are not disclosed.

During the meeting - which was broadcast on Zoom - the board also put forward an apology statement which said it "seeks to publicly repent" for previously dismissive responses and "wholeheartedly listen to survivors".

Amid internal divisions over how to handle the scandal, thousands of delegates at the SBC's annual gathering last year voted in favour of a third-party review of the church's actions.

The 288-page report issued on Sunday names a few senior leaders on the church's executive committee as having control over its response to the reports of abuse and of being "singularly focused on avoiding liability for the SBC".

These officials reportedly "protected or even supported alleged abusers", the report says. [Excerpted]

Invitation to Think

 Invitation to Think

[Science does not support racism.]
[With thanks to Dr. T.]

ASHG Statement Regarding the Warping of Genetic Knowledge to Feed Racist Ideology

The following statement is attributable to Charles Rotimi, PhD, ASHG President

"As the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) joins others in deepest sorrow and outrage over the unfathomable recent tragedies in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York, the human genetics community is appalled at the news that the shooter in the hate-fueled mass killing in Buffalo rooted his racist beliefs by misusing and misrepresenting the science we strive to advance each day. As we have in 2018 and again in 2020, the human genetics community rejects in the strongest possible terms any attempt to twist and warp genetics knowledge to advance bogus racist ideology or try to legitimize through science the fundamental hatred that forms white supremacy's evil core.

The fundamental fact from human genetics is this: the human genome tells the profoundly powerful story of a single humanity - one species able to thrive by adapting in subtle but important ways to our environmental and evolutionary forces over thousands of years in every corner of the planet. That variation is an enormous and profound strength and is central to efforts to understand and apply this knowledge to serve humanity.

As scientists and citizens in this one humanity, it is our duty to condemn falsehoods that enflame violence and to champion scientific knowledge and fact. ASHG's hearts, minds and long-term goals remain fully committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in science, health and society."
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About the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

The American Society of Human Genetics is the largest membership organization for human genetics and genomics professionals worldwide. Founded in 1948, ASHG's nearly 8,000 members include researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses, and others with an interest in human genetics and genomics. The Society provides forums to share research results through the ASHG Annual Meeting , The American Journal of Human Genetics, and Human Genetics and Genomics Advances; provides professional education and career development for genomics researchers; educates and engages the public about the progress and potential of human genetics research; and advances genetic research by advocating for research support and responsible social and scientific policies. For more information, visit:

Guidance by Sis. Yasmin.

'Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barkatuh'.

~ Of Shields and Mothers ~

Every night the prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) would read the ' Mu'awwidhatayn' (Surah Falaq and Surah Naas), then blow on his hands and run his hands over his body (this is also known as 'Hisaar') He once visited his beloved daughter Sayyidina Fatima (Allah be pleased with her) and Sayyidina Ali (ra) at night and urged them to do likewise.

It took me a few decades to realize that this is precisely what my grandfather was doing every night before going to bed !

'Dhikr'~ the Ultimate Shield.
There is a reason why 'Dhikr' and 'Du'a' are said to form a Muslim's fortress.
These 'Adhkaar' form an actual shield around us, protecting us from all sorts of dangers. They form our daily armour.

Countless 'Ahadith' about our morning du'a confirm that these du'a will prevent harm from reaching us till the evening or next day. The same applies to our evening du'a, recitations, or adhkaar.

I would know; I have almost set the kitchen on fire many a time. While preparing aftaar a few years ago I saw a gorgeous orange light peering through our kitchen glass doors as I returned to the kitchen from my room. It turned out that the pretty light was a full-swing party of rather massive flames dancing off my wok of oil. Stunned, all I could do was recite---

Allah said, "O fire, be coolness and safety upon Abraham—

" ya naaru kuni bardan wa salaman ala Ibrahim.
[Surah Al Anbiya; 21:69]

When the fight response pushed me into motion, I poured water on an oil fire! Yet, defying physical laws, just as Allah cooled Namrud's fire for Sayyidina Ibrahim (upon him be peace),

He calmed these fiery flames too.

How vividly this protection is illustrated throughout the Seerah

For instance when the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him went to speak with the Jinn. Sayyidina Ibn Mas'ud (ra) agreed to accompany him (saws) there. Just outside the abode of the Jinn, the Prophet's made hisaar, a protective ring, around Sayyidina Ibn Mas'ud. By Allah's will, this ring protected him from all types of jinn and shayateen who came in such varied forms:

Jinn, scorpions, snakes and so on - an unimaginably scary list.

Sayyidina Ibn Mas'ud narrates that they would just crash against the ring the Prophet had simply drawn in the loose earth with his blessed finger as though they'd hit a wall.

And to this day I am certain that reciting from My Lord's blessed word is the only thing that saved me from those raging flames, and at countless other moments when we perhaps didn't even register. Of Prophets and Mothers.
That, and my mother's du'a!
Remember how Allah cautioned Sayyidina Musa (as) to climb the mountain carefully after his mother's death, for she used to make du'a for him every day. And with her passing away,
lowered forever were the hands that rose time and again in prayer-most-earnest for her son.

Prayers that even Allah recognized as protection.

I can't imagine how direly in need we must be of our mothers' blessings and du'a.

Today, right now, make special du'a for your parents, and, make special effort to earn your place in their precious prayers.
Be an even better son, an even better daughter.

~My 'Salaams' to all~

 Dhikr Rememberance of Allah

~ Y a s m i n ~

~*Never Despair Of The Mercy Of Allah*~
~Say, 'Indeed, my Prayer, my Rites of Sacrifice, my Living and my Dying are for ALLAH, Lord of the Worlds'~
{'Qur`an'~Surat Al-`An`am -# 6-162.}

[Source ~ Article written by By K. Balkhi


Settlers attack Palestinians' homes in Burin

NABLUS, Saturday, May 28, 2022 (WAFA) - A group of Israeli settlers attacked homes of Palestinian citizens this evening in the village of Burin, south of Nablus, according to local sources. No injuries were reported.

Witnesses told WAFA that a group of settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Givat Ronin attacked homes of Palestinians in the outskirts of the village, sparking confrontations with local residents.

Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli occupation authorities.

There are over 600,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in violation of international law and consensus.


Photos and Official Documents Obtained thru Leaks

A photo of Yusup Ismayil, age 32 in 2018, who was sentenced to a Xinjiang re-education camp for visiting a "sensitive location" [Courtesy of the Xinjiang Police Files project]
By Al Jazeera Staff
Published On 24 May 2022

A leak of thousands of photos and official documents from Xinjiang has shed new light on the extent of alleged abuses against the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China's far western region.

The files, obtained by US-based academic Adrian Zenz, were published as UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet began a long-awaited and controversial trip to Xinjiang where Beijing is accused of "crimes against humanity" for its treatment of the Uighurs.

What will the UN see as it finally visits China's Xinjiang?

Activists have said Chinese authorities have detained at least one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in a network of detention camps and prisons in the region, which Beijing has defended as vocational skills training centres necessary to tackle "extremism".

But the trove of police photographs and internal documents - sent to Zenz by an anonymous source who hacked into official databases in Xinjiang - adds to evidence that the mass internments are far from voluntary, with leaked documents showing top leaders in Beijing, including President Xi Jinping, calling for a forceful crackdown.

"This is by far the most important leak of evidence from the region and the largest and the most significant," Zenz told Al Jazeera. "It's much more significant than anything we've seen before because it contains evidence on so many levels."

Until now, only a few officials associated with Xinjiang have been subjected to US sanctions, but Zenz says the trove of files directly implicates Xi and China's central government in the crackdown in the region.

Camp instructions

The Xinjiang Police Files have been publicly shared online as a special project of the Victims of Communism Memorial Fund, where Zenz also works.

The documents include detailed instructions on how to run internment camps, from what kinds of force can be used against prisoners to details such as how to man watch towers with sniper rifles and infantry-grade machine guns.
They also include a 2017 internal speech by Chen Quanguo, a former Communist Party secretary in Xinjiang, in which he allegedly ordered guards to shoot to kill anyone who tried to escape, and called for officials in the region to "exercise firm control over religious believers".

In a 2018 internal speech, Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi mentioned direct orders from Xi to increase the capacity of detention facilities.
Internment camp police security drills at the Tekes County Detention Center from 2018, taken by the detention center photographer. Photo courtesy of the Xinjiang Police Files project.

Internment camp police security drills at the Tekes County Detention Center from 2018, taken by the detention center photographer [Courtesy of the Xinjiang Police Files project]

Some of the most disturbing files are the nearly 5,000 photos taken at internment camps including 2,884 of detained Uighurs taken by police officers.

After initially denying the existence of the camps, Beijing said in 2018 they were vocational training schools, and Uighurs and other minorities attended them voluntarily.
But the leaked documents provide an insight into how leaders saw the minority population as a security threat, with Zhao warning that more than two million people in southern Xinjiang alone had been "severely influenced by the infiltration of extremist religious thought".

UN pressure

The more than 2,800 police photos of Xinjiang detainees include minors such as 17-year-old Zeytunigul Ablehet, detained for listening to an illegal speech, and 16-year-old Bilal Qasim, apparently held captive for being related to other detainees.

Zenz said the photos were powerful because they showed the "reality of looking these people in the face" rather than resigning them to statistics.

The files, parts of which have been verified by multiple news organisations including the BBC and Le Monde, also provide a window into life in the detention facilities.
Photos appear to show officers restraining hooded and shackled inmates with batons, while other guards wearing camouflage stand by with firearms.

Zenz says the file leak was not intentionally timed with Bachelet's trip to Xinjiang this week but will loom large over it. The trip is expected to be highly orchestrated although Bachelet has repeatedly asked for "unfettered" access to the region.

"This certainly puts [Bachelet] under higher pressure not to just to have a few polite smiles and photo ops with the Chinese government," Zenz said.

Following her trip, Bachelet's office is expected to release a long-awaited report on Xinjiang. While other UN agencies have released findings, this will be the first report from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Bachelet has asked to visit Xinjiang since 2018 when news of the internment camps was verified by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Her trip has been delayed by lengthy negotiations on access with China, and events like the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, which China reportedly did not want to risk being overshadowed by a major scandal.

Rahile Memet, as an 18 year-old high-school student in 2018, was sentenced to re-education. Photo Courtesy of the Xinjiang Police Files project.

Rahile Memet, as an 18 year-old high-school student in 2018, was sentenced to re-education [Courtesy of the Xinjiang Police Files project]


The Xinjiang Police Files are the second major data dump related to Xinjiang. In 2019, more than 400 pages of internal documents known as the "Xinjiang" were leaked online and also verified by Zenz.

The United States voiced horror on Tuesday at the new files and said they showed that abuse had probably been approved at the highest levels in Beijing.

"We are appalled by the reports and the jarring images," State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

"It would be very difficult to imagine that a systemic effort to suppress, to detain, to conduct a campaign of genocide and crimes against humanity would not have the blessing - would not have the approval - of the highest levels of the PRC government," he said, referring to the People's Republic of China.

"We have and we continue to call on the PRC to immediately release all those arbitrarily detained people, to abolish the internment camps, to end mass detention, torture, forced sterilisation, and the use of forced labour," Price added.

Meanwhile, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss called the details of the newly leaked documents "shocking", and urged China to grant Bachelet "full and unfettered access to the region so that she can conduct a thorough assessment of the facts on the ground".

Germany also called for a transparent investigation into the "shocking" allegations. In a phone call with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock pointed to "the shocking reports and new evidence of very serious human rights violations in Xinjiang", according to a German foreign ministry statement.

Baerbock "called for a transparent investigation" into the allegations, the statement added.

But China's foreign ministry dismissed the leaked documents as "cobbled-together material" by "anti-China forces smearing Xinjiang", with spokesman Wang Wenbin accusing the media of "spreading lies and rumours".

Also, China's ambassador to the UK, Zheng Zeguang, tweeted, "Such a shame for BBC to carry the fabricated story about so-called 'detention camps'. Pathetic for the media, in cahoots with the notorious rumour monger, to once again spread disinformation about Xinjiang."

 Think About It

Background Study

Helpless Rohingya Muslims
The Tula Toli Massacre in Burma

by Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid

- Hasina with her husband, Shahidul Amin. Photo by Shafiur Rahman

On the morning of 30 August 2017, Shahidul Amin was already in the forest cutting wood when, around 8 am, his wife Hasina Begum saw Burmese military helicopters landing. This was the beginning of the massacre of Tula Toli, a peaceful village set in a beautiful lush green hilly area and surrounded on three sides by a rapidly flowing mountain river.

Badiur Rahman, former chair of the village council, told me that until that fateful day the village had been home to more than 3,000 Rohingya Muslims, primarily subsistence rice and chili pepper farmers. The village also housed about 300 Buddhist Rakhin.

Today only the Buddhists remain, for about 1,700 of their fellow Muslim villagers were slaughtered and those who survived spent the next four to five days making their way to Bangladesh. All that remains of their homes, shops and mosque are ashes, the signs of which can be seen in satellite images.

Bodiur Rahman, a 91-year-old, was the chairman of the Tula Toli village council, which suffered one of the worst massacres in the area. Zaman says his grandson was brutally killed. He says that it is all fiction that there was any terrorist in our village. He told me there were about 4,000 Rohingyas in his village but the current chairman is a Buddhist whereas there are only 300 Buddhists. Since Rohingyas were no longer citizens they lost political power.

Along with most of her fellow villagers, Hasina Begum, the 20-year-old wife of Shahidul Amin, a 25-year-old agricultural worker, fled south toward the river to escape the Burmese soldiers, who were attacking from the north. This was their only escape route.

Unfortunately, the rapidly flowing river is not easy to cross and many of those who jumped in drowned. Some of the soldiers, who separated the captured men and women, began killing the men while others told the women to stand in a stream with only their heads showing. I asked one survivor, Mohammad Suleiman, why he did not try to defend himself. He responded that "they had guns and we had nothing."

Hasina was one of the women standing in the river. Around 3 or 4 pm, the soldiers were through burning everything in the village that belonged to the Muslims. After killing most of the men and throwing their corpses into a fire pit — even those who were still alive — the soldiers came for the women.

Five soldiers at a time dragged five of them, including Hasina, to a hut. One snatched away her 16-month-old child and threw it into the fire. As they began ripping her clothes off to rape her, she resisted them and was hit and thrown into a hut, which was then set ablaze.

But she remembers only one blow, saying that she did not feel the ones that damaged her jaw. Finding a small opening in the burning hut, she managed to escape and hide in a vegetable patch for the rest of the evening. Late at night and without any clothing, she made her way to a nearby forest where other survivors gave her some clothes.

Hasina's mother-in-law, father-in-law and one sister-in-law were killed. At that time, she did not know that her husband Shahid had survived, for he had not been in the village with the soldiers had attacked. He came to know about the loss of his child, parents and sister only after he managed to find Hasina via the Internet.

The Rohingya are familiar with technology. Many have cell phones, and some carry two SIM cards: one to talk with relatives in Burma and another one to communicate with those in the Bangladeshi camp.

As a matter of fact, I saw more solar panels in the refugee camps than in my Chicago neighborhood. A small solar panel serves almost every 200 huts, allowing refugees to charge their cell phones.

Someone uploaded a video of Hasina's tragedy to an Internet group. Her husband, at that time still in Burma, saw it and began looking for her in various clusters of people traveling through Burma's jungles and mountains. After finding her, a generous Rohingya lent him enough money to reach Bangladesh and seek treatment for his wife.

Based on the 30 testimonies that our team received and that I recorded from Tula Toli survivors, the timeline of events suggests a planned military operation. The military had been attacking people weeks before the alleged 25 August attacks.

Ten days before the 30 August massacre, the soldiers had searched the villagers' homes and confiscated their valuables. The village council had held meetings beforehand to ensure the presence of the households' male members, purportedly for national verification card registration purposes. But no such registration took place.
The current village chair had actually assured the villagers that although the soldiers might burn their houses, they would not kill anyone. The villagers, however, believed that they had been marked for extermination.

One survivor of Tula Toli massacre is Noor Muhammad with the author. The whole family of the 15-year-old Noor Muhammad was killed. He lost his parents, all siblings (4 sisters, and 3 brothers). I did not know what to say, so I hugged him. That is the only time I saw him sobbing. His heart beat with my heart. I asked him if he has any memory of his family left. He showed me an image on his cell phone. It was a photo of three children. I asked him where they are. He told me that they were killed as well along with their mother who was married to his brother. Noor is illiterate since he was never allowed to attend a school. Rohingyas used to be educated people. But since their citizenship was taken away in 1982 they are not allowed to enter school. Whereas there is 80% literacy in that area, Rohingyas are almost all illiterate unless they went to a Madrasah. In Madrasah they learn Islam through Arabic and Urdu.

As I went up and down the hills where these latest refugees now live in plastic and bamboo huts, I kept meeting survivors of one massacre or another. Whenever I started talking to a person, others would gather and eventually turn a one-on-one conversation into a meeting. And so I started asking one standard question: How many of them had seen someone being killed? Almost always, 40 percent of the crowd raised their hands.

No one knows the actual number of people killed so far in this genocide. The Burmese government, not known for its truthfulness, maintains that only 400 Rohingya have been killed. The people of Tula Toli, however, insist that at least 1,700 — more than half — of their fellow villagers have died.
Zahir Ahmed.

An approximate estimate could be based on a recent UN survey, which states that 14 percent of the refugees are single mothers who are holding their families together with little support. That would put single mothers among the recent arrivals to 84,000.

One cannot say with certainty that at least 84,000 men have been murdered, since some of them may have been detained by the military or be either alive (in hiding) or lost, as was Hasina's husband.

Only a thorough survey of the population casualties can determine the actual number of casualties. The Burma Task Force (, which will have three teams documenting personal and property losses through the survivors' recorded testimonies, has asked the Bangladesh Human Right Commission to take up this project.
This documentation project will be guided by legal scholars of genocide and will be helpful when the lawsuits and claims are filed.

A 13-year-old victim of rape, Anwara. She cannot read and write since Rohingyas are not allowed in the school. I did not talk to her about her ordeal. But I asked her about other things. Her favorite color is sky blue and favorite flower is rose. She responded to my question about what she misses the most by saying her mother and brother who were killed.

She has learned from another Rohingya who was born in this camp how to sew on a machine donated to her by a Burma Task Force staff. The United Nations survey says 52% of all women they interviewed were raped.

Photo by Abdul Malik Mujahid © Sound Vision

I saw women everywhere. Almost all were hijabis dressed in Burmese-style clothing as opposed to Bangladeshi-style clothing. Many were niqabis. As I neared the area where the Rohingya camps are, I began noticing cluster of families, mostly women and children, standing silently on each side of the road; some were literally sitting in mud. As I moved nearer, I saw crowds of people on both sides of the road. I asked one family why they were standing there. They told me that they had just arrived and didn't know where to go.

I developed a very high degree of respect for both the Rohingya and the Bangladeshis. The former seem to be the embodiment of patience and endurance, for despite being subject to genocide they almost never raise their voices or fight among themselves in the crowded camps. They are gentle souls. There are Buddhist temples all around their camps. Some of these areas actually have a Buddhist majority, and yet there is not one single case of the Rohingya ever attacking even one of them.

I saw Bangladeshis driving vehicles of all sizes, shapes and ages — all full of aid for the refugees. And yet many times the traffic came to a standstill, because only a single, narrow one-lane road serves this area of Cox's Bazar, a tiny strip of land in the remotest part of Bangladesh that ends in the Bay of Bengal.

Rashida Begum is just released from MSF clinic. She was one of those made to stand in water after surviving the "kill run". She was then selected and taken with others to a hut where she was raped. As she tried to run away with her baby, a soldier yanked at her 28 day old baby. As she resisted the soldier stabbed her in the throat, behind her ear, near one armpit and slashed her stomach. They took the baby and smashed the baby's head on the ground. She was left for dead. But some villagers found her alive and brought here walking four days to Bangladesh. She still unable to speak properly but in whispers.

Well-meaning Bangladeshi Muslims are bringing supplies from all corners of the country. The government, the army, various UN agencies, and all legal and not-so-legal foreigners trying to help must use this sole road. Logistics, not the absence of love, care and resources, is causing hunger and malnutrition in the camps.

Just as helicopters became lifesavers in the aftermath of Haiti's earthquake, Bangladesh needs helicopters to speed up the distribution of supplies. One million poor but nevertheless self-reliant people have now been forced to depend upon others.

Forbidden to work or leave the camp, all they can do is wait for someone to give them food, medicine and shelter. This is where Washington can help, as it has done in so many disaster zones around the world.

One of the Burma Task Force's major requests is that Washington send helicopters to Bangladesh. That is coming, but it might be too late if the helicopters cannot improve distribution quickly enough to save lives, including those of 85,000 pregnant women who do not have enough to eat.

Abdul Malik Mujahid, president of Sound Vision and chair of Burma Task Force, visited Bangladesh in September and late November 2017..

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