Police in Italy Detain Uyghur Exile Group Leader at China’s Behest

Radio Free Asia, 28 July 2017

By Alim Seytoff — One of the top leaders of a prominent Uyghur exile association was detained at the behest of China’s government by a special unit of the Italian police while preparing to speak about restrictions his ethnic group faces at a press conference in Rome, he said following his release on Wednesday.

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Resolution of the World Uyghur Congress Steering Committee to Convene Extraordinary General Assembly

Press Release – For immediate release
6 July 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

On June 23, 2017, Ms. Rabiya Kadeer’s proposed to convene an Extraordinary General Assembly of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC). The WUC Steering Committee called a meeting and approved four important propositions and assigned the general secretariat to come up with a plan on the date and location of the General Assembly.

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Weekly Brief June 30th

World Uyghur Congress, 30 June 2017

World Uyghur Congress Attends UNPO’s 13th General Assembly in Edinburgh

World Uyghur Congress General Secretary, Dolkun Isa, and former WUC President, Erkin Alptekin, represented the WUC at the 13th General Assembly of the Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organization in Edinburgh, Scotland. The General Assembly lasted from June 26th – June 28th and provided a critical platform for dialogue between UNPO members. Representatives of unrepresented groups from all over the world had the opportunity to discuss the common struggles they face and how to collectively advocate for self-determination and respect for human rights.

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Decision of the Steering Committee of the World Uyghur Congress

World Uyghur Congress, 27 June 2017

The Steering Committee of the World Uyghur Congress held a special meeting on June 22, 2017 to discuss the decision of Ms. Rebiya Kadeer regarding WUC Vice-President Omer Kanat and Director of the Research Department, Dr. Erkin Ekrem, which led to an internal conflict within the WUC and also to discuss the proposal to hold an extraordinary General Assembly meeting and early elections.

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Weekly Brief June 23rd

World Uyghur Congress, 23 June 2017

WUC Raises Uyghur Issue at 35th UN Human Rights Council

The World Uyghur Congress sent two representatives to attend the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland from June 12-14th. The session allowed the WUC to continue its advocacy effort in the lead up to China’s UPR review next year.

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VOICES: ‘We Are Not Extremists’ – Activists Talk Chinese Suppression

The News Lens, 21 June 2017

News Lens International — Political activists from Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang say they are facing increased suppression from Beijing. Hong Kong Indigenous Party founder Ray Wong (黃台仰), World Uyghur Congress Vice President Umit Hamit and Inner Mongolian People’s Party Chair Temtsiltu Shobtsood were in Taiwan last month.

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Job announcement: World Uyghur Congress Project Coordinator

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Application Deadline: 28 April 2017

Starting date: 1 May 2017

INTRODUCTION

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is an international umbrella organization that represents the collective interest of the Uyghur people both in East Turkestan and abroad and promotes Uyghur human rights, Freedom and a peaceful and non-violent solution based on rule of law for the conflict in East Turkestan. For decades, the Chinese government has waged an intense and often brutal campaign to repress all forms of Uyghur culture and identity.

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“Government propaganda makes Chinese people think that Uyghurs deserve to be suppressed and killed”

Nationalia, 2 April 2017

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By David Forniès & Ada Domingo Ferrer — Rebiya Kadeer is probably the best-known activist —at least in the Western world— of the Uyghur national movement. A former entrepreneur and philanthropist, Kadeer held several official positions in China during the 1990s. Everything changed in 1999, when she was arrested and sentenced to prison, officially for having passed on secret information to foreigners.

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