Launch of ‘Friends of Uyghur’ Friendship Group in the European Parliament Brings Together MEPs, NGOs and Public to Celebrate Uyghur Community Culture

UNPO, 20 October 2017

UNPO — On 19 October 2017, the newly formed Uyghur Friendship Group, in collaboration with MEPs Csaba Sógor and Ilhan Kyuchyuk, marked its inaugural event with a celebration of the Uyghur culture. The launch brought together a variety of people including representatives from NGOs, MEPs, members of the Uyghur diaspora and the wider public and drew attention to this people’s vibrant culture, while also calling for the need to protect their cultural rights.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Concerned With 19th Party Congress Rhetoric

Press Release – For immediate release
20 October 2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress has been closely watching the developments of the 19th Party Congress this week in Beijing and remain worried about rhetoric underscoring policies that undermine the basic rights of the Uyghur population. Xi’s rhetoric during his marathon speech reinforced his approach during the preceding five years in which strict clampdowns on civil society and dissent were achieved.

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Children of Detained Uyghurs Face ‘Terrible’ Conditions in Overcrowded Xinjiang Orphanages

Radio Free Asia, 18 October 2017

By Gulchera Hoja & Shohret Hoshur – Uyghur children whose parents or guardians have been detained in political re-education camps are being held in ‘terrible’ conditions in orphanages in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, and overcrowding has forced authorities to send them to facilities in the country’s inner provinces, according to sources.

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China Detains, Brainwashes ‘Wild’ Imams Who Step Out of Line in Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 17 October 2017

By Qiao Long – Authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have launched a crackdown on “wild” imams, incarcerating and brainwashing any who refuse to toe the line set by the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s religious affairs officials, sources told RFA on Monday.

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PRESS RELEASE: World Uyghur Congress to Convene 6th General Assembly in Munich, Germany

Press Release – For immediate release
17 October 2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress is pleased to announce that it will hold its 6th General Assembly from November 10-12, 2017 in Munich, Germany. The General Assembly will begin with an opening ceremony on Friday, November 10, from 10:00–12:30 at the Hotel Cristal, located at Schwanthalerstraße 36, 80336, Munich.

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World Uyghur Congress Stockholm Youth Advocacy Training Seminar Concludes

World Uyghur Congress, 16 October 2017

The World Uyghur Congress held a successful Uyghur youth advocacy training workshop in Stockholm, Sweden over the weekend, which brought together many interested Uyghur participants eager to speak and eager to learn about how they may contribute to the Uyghur cause.

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Uyghurs in Xinjiang Re-Education Camps Forced to Express Remorse Over Travel Abroad

Radio Free Asia, 14 October 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in Korla (in Chinese, Kuerle) city, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are detaining ethnic Uyghurs in re-education camps for traveling overseas and refusing to free them until they admit it was “wrong” to have left the country, according to a security official.

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China Bans Use of Uyghur, Kazakh Textbooks, Materials in Xinjiang Schools

Radio Free Asia, 14 October 2017

By Qiao Long and Yang Fan – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned the use of ethnic minority languages in schools in at least one part of the region, RFA has learned.

A recent directive sent out by the local education bureau to schools in Yining county in Xinjiang’s Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture bans the use of any textbooks or teaching materials written in the languages of the mostly Muslim Uyghur and Kazakh ethnic groups.

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