Fighting for Chinese Uyghur Rights in Ottawa

Muslim Link, 4 June 2014

Early this month, Rebiya Kadeer, Chinese Uyghur human rights activist and President of the World Uyghur Congress, visited Ottawa to testify before the Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights on the situation of Uyghur Muslims in China.

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Divides deepen as China allows anti-Uyghur sentiment to fester

Asian Correspondent, 9 May 2014

Ismat is a defiant Uyghur, but not in the way that his people are typically depicted. He wields a guitar, not a knife. The Beijing based performer sings gentle folk songs about his Xinjiang homeland, rather than screaming shrill death chants.

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Silenced Crimes Against Humanity: Enforced Disappearances, Arbitrary Arrests, and Extra-judicial Killings of Uyghurs in China

The live stream of the conference in Munich can be followed by this address:

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We demand referendum, we are not terrorists: World Uighur Congress’ Dolkun Isa

Zee News, 30 March 2014

Uighurs have again come to the limelight after Malyasia Airlines flight MH370 went missing. Earlier this month, the same ethnic group was blamed by the Chinese government for the ghastly Kunming attack. Dolkun Isa, the Executive Chairman of World Uighur Congress clears the air about Uighurs in a conversation with Namta Gupta.

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The Right Response to the Atrocity in Kunming: China’s repression of Uighurs—no free speech, no freedom of religion—breeds instability

The Wall Street Journal, 9 March 2014

The stabbing attack that killed 29 innocent people at the train station in Kunming, China on March 1—which Chinese authorities attribute to Uighur separatists—was an atrocity. I offer my deepest sympathies to the families of the victims.

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Minister Kenney Meets with Rebiya Kadeer of the World Uyghur Congress

Uyghur Canadian Society, 8 March 2014



This week I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet again with my friend Rebiya Kadeer, President of World Uyghur Congress, champion of the rights of this oppressed Muslim minority community. As you may know, Rebiya was imprisoned in China for advocating for respect for the basic rights of the Uyghur people. Upon her release to the United States, she courageously took up the leadership of the World Uyghur Congress, and two of her sons were subsequently arrested and imprisoned.

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China, Uyghurs may have lost middle way in mounting ethnic tensions

Al Jazeera, 4 March 2014

After Kunming attack escalated Uyghur-Han tensions, human rights lawyer says renowned advocate’s chances are grim. Hopes are fading over the plight of a jailed Uyghur rights activist — and for a middle-way solution to escalating ethnic tensions with China’s majority ethnic Han that he represents — with the imprisoned activist’s lawyer saying Tuesday that he fears his client may face the death penalty.

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‘Policies in Xinjiang brutal, cause trauma among Uyghurs’

Hindustan Times, 4 February 2014

The Chinese government should immediately reverse its provocative and discriminatory policies in Xinjiang, a Germany-based Uyghur exiled group has said, adding that such policies were leading to rampant psychological trauma among the Muslim Uyghur community linked to Kunming attacks.

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