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Music of the Persecuted; Uyghur Folk of Xinjiang, Ceremonies of Tibet, 1st May 2019

Music of the Persecuted; Uyghur Folk of Xinjiang, Ceremonies of Tibet, 1st May 2019

Playing tracks by

JAYMANUR AJABEK, PANJIR, THE UYGHUR MUSICIANS FROM XINJIANG and MONASTERY OF THAMI OF THE GELUPA SECT.

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This show was 30th in the global folk chart.

The Uyghurs are Turkic speaking Muslims, the majority living in China’s autonomous Xinjiang region, in the country’s north-west. China’s President Xi Jinping has taken a hardline approach towards Muslim minorities living in Xinjiang, especially the Uyghurs. The government has installed sophisticated surveillance technology and Muslim minorities are being arbitrarily arrested and imprisoned. It’s estimated around one million Uyghurs have been detained in what China calls 'vocational training centres', that resemble high-security jails. There is growing evidence of human rights violations inside the centres as well as reports of deaths in custody and forced labour. The region’s name suggests the Uyghurs have autonomy and self-governance, but similar to Tibet, Xinjiang is a tightly controlled region of China. Tibetan identity is under threat, and many call for freedom, human rights and the return of the Dalai Lama. Full track listing http://www.farsidemusic.com/radio/010519_tracks.html

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