World Uyghur Congress 5th General Assembly in Paris, France

Press Release – For immediate release 
1 July 2016 
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or


The World Uyghur Congress, under the co-sponsorship of the France Uyghur Community (Association des Ouïghours de France) and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), will be holding its 5th General Assembly from 11-13 July in Paris, France, with a public opening ceremony to be held on 11 July, from 9:30-12:00, at the Palais du Luxembourg (15 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006).

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World Uyghur Congress Releases New Report on Uyghur Refugees & Asylum Seekers

World Uyghur Congress, 2 June 2016

Refugees Report Cover Photo June 2016

Following extensive first hand research working directly with Uyghur refugees and asylum seekers who fled to Turkey from East Turkestan, the WUC has published a comprehensive report detailing current conditions in the region as well as the narratives of those whose escape lasted many months. The report, Seeking a Place to Breathe Freely: Current Challenges Faced by Uyghur Refugees & Asylum Seekers, offers a unique, first-hand glimpse into conditions seldom reported and scarcely heard by the international community until now.

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Escalation of Uyghur Hunger Strike in Bangkok

World Uyghur Congress, 3 June 2016


The WUC has received some updated information regarding the group of Uyghurs who are currently in detention in Bangkok, Thailand, and on a hunger strike to protest their poor treatment, challenge the legality of their indefinite detention, and bring greater attention to their circumstances. Read the original statement here.

As previously reported, 15 Uyghurs began a hunger strike on May 31st at 15:00 local time, but that number has now reached 31 and includes all Uyghurs currently at the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in Bangkok.

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European Parliament Conference Launches Ilham Tohti’s Candidature for Sakharov Prize

UNPO, 27 May 2016


UNPO  On 25 May 2016, activists and specialists convened in the European Parliament to answer the question “Does China Want Real Ethnic Harmony?” during a conference focused on the unjust imprisonment for life of Professor Ilham Tohti, a renowned Uyghur economist and writer.

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The WUC Mourns the Loss of Italian Politician and Human Rights Champion, Marco Pannella

For immediate release
20 May 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

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All those at the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur community are deeply saddened by the passing of Marco Pannella. Pannella was a consistent champion of Uyghur rights and the rights of oppressed and unrepresented peoples around the world.

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No reservations about Uyghur leader visit, says minister VK Singh

Times of India, 9 May 2016


By Rohit Khanna  India has no objection in allowing dissident Uyghur leader Dolkun Isa to visit the country, minister of state for external affairs VK Singh said on Saturday. He said that the country has no reservation about anyone’s visit.

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