The World Uyghur Congress Condemns China’s Use of the Death Penalty & Opaque Legal Process

Press Release – For immediate release
26 March 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress condemns the recent execution of three Uyghurs from East Turkestan who were allegedly associated with four men and one woman involved in an attack outside a train station in Kunming one year ago. As is typically the case, very little information has been released by the state about the nature of their relationship, or if there are legitimate grounds for punishment. Although justice must be done for those who choose violence as a means of recourse to state repression, the WUC is consistent in its opposition to the use of the death penalty and calls for its abolition.

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Chinese Authorities Shoot ‘Suspicious’ Uyghurs Dead in Xinjiang Restaurant

Radio Free Asia, 14 March 2015

CHINA-UNREST-SECURITYRFA Uyghur Service  Police in northwestern China’s restive Xinjiang region shot and killed as many as seven ethnic Uyghurs who had been “acting suspiciously” while they gathered at a restaurant earlier this week, official sources said Friday, prompting a security clampdown.

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WUC 2014 Report on Human Rights Violations in East Turkestan

Press Release – For immediate release
19 February 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress has just published its annual report on human rights violations in East Turkestan (Xinjiang), China, and can be read or downloaded here. The report focuses on the most significant concerns that faced the Uyghur people in 2014, who continue to live under increasingly repressive state policies. As 2014 has been a year of particular concern for human rights among Uyghurs, we have provided a detailed overview of abuses as well as some practical avenues for progress to reduce the heavy burden that has fallen on the Uyghur people.

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East Turkestan Union in Europe Hold 19th Election

WUC, 5 February 2015

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The East Turkestan Union in Europe (ETUE) held its newest round of elections on February 1st, 2015, in Munich, Germany. Thirteen people, between the ages of 18 and 30 years, were elected to serve as representatives for Uyghurs living in and outside of China and to campaign for freedom, democracy and human rights.

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The World Uyghur Congress Commemorates the 18th Anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre

Press Release – For immediate release
4 February 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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On February 5th each year, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) brings attention to the horrific events that took place on that day in 1997 that lead to the death and disappearance of hundreds of peaceful Uyghurs. 2015 marks the 18th anniversary of the Ghulja massacre, and remains a potent reminder of the capricious and unyielding power of the state to suppress all forms of dissent. It not only serves as a horrific memory, but as a symbol of the ongoing repressive policies exercised by the Chinese government in East Turkestan.

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February Newsletter

WUC, 2 February 2015

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World Uyghur Congress – The World Uyghur Congress has published its first newsletter for the month of February detailing a number of stories that have featured prominently over the last few months. The newsletter will continue monthly through 2015.

It may be viewed here.

 

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The World Uyghur Congress Calls on the International Community to Respond to Renewed Violence Perpetrated by the PRC

Press Release – For immediate release
13 January 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

WUC-Logo2The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) strongly denounces the killing of six Uyghurs in Kashgar on Monday and the continued violence perpetrated by Chinese security forces and police. The events followed a well-known narrative supplied by state-controlled media who reported that all those killed were involved in a “terrorist incident”, though these reports could not be independently verified. The WUC condemns what may be another example of the extrajudicial killing of civilians in East Turkestan, something that has been rampant over the past year.

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Turkey should look after Uighur Turks in Thailand, says head of Uighurs

RFA, 22 December 2014

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Rebiya Kadeer, president of the World Uighur Congress, says Turkey should lend a helping hand to the 290 Uighur Turks that are kept in camps in Thailand and face execution if they are returned back to China, from where they came.

By Muammer Elveren – Turkey should look after the 290 Uighur Turks who are being kept in a camp in Thailand and face the possibility of being executed if returned to China, said the president of the World Uighur Congress (WUC) Rebiya Kadeer.

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