Uyghur Asylum Seeker Detained in Dubai Feared Deported to China

Radio Free Asia, 29 November 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – An ethnic Uyghur asylum seeker who applied for protection through the United Nations’ refugee agency has been detained in Dubai, according to the man’s wife, who said she fears he may have been forcibly repatriated to China, where he could face imprisonment, torture, and other forms of punishment.

Continue Reading →

UN Minority Forum Side Event: ‘Native Languages in a Contemporary World: Threats and Challenges for Youth’

World Uyghur Congress, 27 November 2017

The WUC, in cooperation with the Society for Threatened Peoples, will hold a side event Friday, December 1, from 13:00-14:00 in room XXVII at the Palais des Nations, at the 10th session of the UN Minority Forum – Native Languages in a Contemporary World: Threats and Challenges for Youth. The purpose of the event is to discuss the importance of native language to a people and the contemporary threats and challenges to its continued use. Whether it be due to the intentional actions of an oppressive government or the pressures from our contemporary globalised society, many native languages have come under strain, especially with the younger generation. This event intends to address these significant challenges to native languages by giving a platform to the youth to articulate what they think about their native language, how they relate to it and what pressures and difficulties they face when learning and using their native language.

Continue Reading →

Six Uyghurs Caught Escaping From a Thai Jail Could be Sent Back to China

Radio Free Asia, 23 November 2017

By Gao Feng – Of 25 ethnic minority Uyghurs from China who broke out of a Thai immigration detention center after tunneling through an exterior wall this week, 19 have remained uncaught after police detained six during and after the daring escape.

Continue Reading →

PRESS RELEASE: WUC Calls on French Foreign Minister to Raise Human Rights Concerns During Visit

Press Release – For immediate release
23 November 2017

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

On the eve of the first visit of the French Foreign Minister to China tomorrow, the World Uyghur Congress would like to call on Jean-Yves Le Drian to serious raise human rights concerns with his counterparts in Beijing.

Continue Reading →

PRESS RELEASE: WUC Deeply Concerned Over Uyghurs Recently Escaped From Thai Immigration Detention Facility

Press Release – For immediate release
22 November 2017

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

The World Uyghur Congress is deeply concerned over the treatment of Uyghurs who have recently escaped their immigration detention facility in southern Thailand. Consistent rhetoric from China has framed all Uyghurs escaping the country as criminals who should be immediately returned, renewing fears that Thailand may submit to such pressure, as in the past.

Continue Reading →

PRESS RELEASE: Family Members of Former WUC President Arbitrarily Detained in East Turkestan

Press Release – For immediate release
21 November 2017

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

Over the last three months, Chinese authorities have detained a number of relatives of former WUC President and Uyghur rights activist, Rebiya Kadeer. Among those detained have been Ms. Kadeer’s sisters, brothers, sons, grandchildren and extended relatives, amid much more broad and extensive detentions of Uyghurs who have been sent to political ‘re-education’ centers.

Continue Reading →

Thai Police Search for 20 Uyghurs Who Broke Out of Detention Facility

Radio Free Asia, 20 November 2017

By Benar News – Thai authorities are looking for 20 Uyghurs who escaped from an immigration detention center near the Malaysian border before dawn on Monday by digging two holes and using blankets as ladders to escape, officials said.

Continue Reading →

China: Police ‘Big Data’ Systems Violate Privacy, Target Dissent

Human Rights Watch, 19 November 2017

By Human Rights Watch – The Chinese government should stop building big data policing platforms that aggregate and analyze massive amounts of citizens’ personal information, Human Rights Watch said today. This abusive “Police Cloud” system is designed to track and predict the activities of activists, dissidents, and ethnic minorities, including those authorities say have “extreme thoughts,” among other functions.

Continue Reading →