PRESS RELEASE: WUC Commemorates the 30 Year Anniversary of 1988 Uyghur Student Protests

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

The World Uyghur Congress commemorates the 30th anniversary of Uyghur student protests in Urumqi on June 15th, 1988. The protests themselves stood as an early reaction to Chinese policies in the 1980s that openly discriminated against the Uyghur students in particular, and one of the first large-scale public responses to discriminatory policies against Uyghurs that many students felt.

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China: At Summit, EU Should ‘Throw Full Weight Behind’ Human Rights

Human Rights Watch, 14 June 2018

European Union leaders should publicly and privately demand that China release those deprived of their liberty for exercising human rights, including poet Liu Xia, the widow of the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, and Swedish publisher Gui Minhai, Human Rights Watch said today in a joint letter with 23 other nongovernmental organizations. 

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Nearly Half of Xinjiang Village’s Residents Sent to ‘Political Re-Education Camps’: Official

Radio Free Asia, 14 June 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in Qaraqash (in Chinese, Moyu) county, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), have detained nearly half of the population of a village in “political re-education camps,” according to a local official.

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FIFPRO STATEMENT: CHINESE PLAYER ‘DETAINED’

FIFPro, 13 June 2018

FIFPro is concerned about the reported detention of one of China’s most promising young footballers.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Celebrates the Importance of Language on International Uyghur Language Day 2018

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

On June 15th, the WUC celebrates the unique Uyghur language and its importance to Uyghur culture, history and society, in recognition of International Uyghur Language Day 2018.

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Issue 30: ‘Sinicization’ of Religion

World Uyghur Congress, 14 June 2018

In the past few years, China has dramatically escalated its so-called “sinicization” of religion, a “far-reaching strategy to control, govern, and manipulate all aspects of faith into a socialist mold infused with “Chinese characteristics,”” according to the 2018 Annual Report of the US Commission of International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The strategy has increased the already overbearing restrictions on religion and religious repression of Uyghur Muslims.

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In China’s Far West, Companies Cash in on Surveillance Program That Targets Muslims

Foreign Policy, 13 June 2018

By Charles Rollet – In the far western region of Xinjiang, China has created one of the world’s most sophisticated and intrusive state surveillance systems to target the predominantly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority.

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Interview: ‘The Most Painful Part of Losing My Mother’

Radio Free Asia, 13 June 2018

Dolkun Isa, the president of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress exile group, recently learned from a close family friend that his mother, Ayhan Memet, died in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) on May 17 at the age of 78.

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