PRESS RELEASE: WUC Holds Successful March and Demonstration in Brussels on 27 April 2018

Press Release – For immediate release
30 April 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) along with its co-organisers, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO), held a successful demonstration along with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in Brussels, Belgium on April 27th, 2018.

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Thousands March in Brussels to Protest Mass Detentions of Uyghurs

Radio Free Asia, 27 April 2018

By Alim Seytoff – Nearly 2,000 ethnic Uyghurs living in exile from their homeland in China marched on Friday in Brussels, political seat of the European Union, to call attention to the plight of hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs held by Beijing in political re-education camps in northwest China’s Xinjiang region.

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‘Eradicate the tumours’: Chinese civilians drive Xinjiang crackdown

Agence-France Presse, 26 April 2018

Agence-France Presse – The civilian group descended on the village under government instructions to “win the people’s hearts”, but it also had a darker mission: identifying and punishing threats to the Chinese state.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC President Dolkun Isa Finally Admitted to UN Indigenous Forum

Press Release – For immediate release
26 April 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 
www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

After nearly 2 weeks of confusion and rejection, WUC President Dolkun Isa was finally allowed to enter the UN premises and participate in the Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues on April 25th. Despite being approved to attend the Forum weeks in advance and being re-approved via email just last week, Mr. Isa was twice prevented from entering the UN premises to participate in the Forum. Isa’s entrance required the intervention from the UN Permanent Missions of the United States and Germany.

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Uyghurs in XUAR’s Ghulja City Held in at Least Five ‘Political Re-Education Camps’

Radio Free Asia, 25 April 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Ghulja (in Chinese, Yining) city, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) is home to five different “political re-education camps,” according to a Uyghur businessman, who said the facilities are “actually prisons” where detainees are “brainwashed” by authorities.

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World Uyghur Congress Universal Periodic Review of China Report Submission

World Uyghur Congress, 24 April 2018

The World Uyghur Congress submitted a parallel report to be considered ahead of China’s 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review in November 2018. The report outlines the most pressing concerns for the Uyghur population in China over the last five years and provides concrete recommendations for China and for the international community.

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Chinese Muslims have to pledge loyalty to the Communist Party before they can leave the country for the journey to Mecca

Business Insider,  24 April 2018

By Rosie Perper & Tara Francis Chan – Chinese Muslims from the autonomous Xinjiang region hoping to embark on the annual Hajj pilgrimage must first pledge their allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party.

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US Urges China to ‘End Counterproductive Policies’ Targeting Uyghurs in Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 20 April 2018

By Alim Seytoff – The U.S. has called on China to “end their counterproductive policies” in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and urged Beijing to release the estimated hundreds of thousands of ethnic Uyghurs who are arbitrarily detained there in “political re-education camps” and jails.

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