Issue 18: Confiscation of Religious Materials

World Uyghur Congress, 2 June 2018

In 2017, Chinese authorities in East Turkistan ordered Uyghurs to hand to in religious materials, including copies of the Quran, prayer mats and religious books. Chinese police reportedly sent out an order over social media instructing Uyghurs to voluntarily hand in these items or face punishment. Qurans and prayer mats are essential to practicing Uyghur Muslims and almost every Uyghur household would possess these items. Their confiscation is a needlessly oppressive measure that makes it impossible to meaningfully practice Islam.

Continue Reading →

Issue 17: Detentions on Religious Charges: Merdan Seyitakhun

World Uyghur Congress, 1 June 2018

Merdan Seyitakhun was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Ili Intermediate Court on 14 April 2008 after being charged with ‘acts of separatism’. He, along with 11 other Uyghur men were from Ghulja and Nelke counties were arrested by Chinese authorities between March and June 2008 for teaching Islam to children and engaging in ‘illegal religious activities’.

Continue Reading →

Weekly Brief June 1st

World Uyghur Congress, 1 June 2018

Society for Threatened People Retain NGO Status in UN, Despite China’s Attempts to Silence Them

The Society for Threatened Peoples  has issued a press release expressing concern with the growing influence of authoritarian states in the United Nations, after the Chinese mission had attempted to revoke its NGO status because of an alleged violation of UN rules related to the accreditation of long-time STP member and WUC President Dolkun Isa.

Continue Reading →

Press Release: Consultative status of human rights group under fire at the United Nations

Society for Threatened Peoples, 31 May 2018

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) has warned against restricting the freedom of independent non-governmental organizations at the United Nations (UN). “The influence of authoritarian states in the world organization continues to grow. Non-governmental organizations must not be silenced just because they draw attention to serious human rights violations,” said STP’s director Ulrich Delius.

Continue Reading →

Issue 16: Regulations of De-extremification

World Uyghur Congress, 31 May 2018

On 1 April 2017, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Regulations on De-extremification came into force, after being adopted on March 29th by regional authorities.  The measures built on other restrictive legilsation passed by the Chinese authorities, including the XUAR Religious Affairs Regulations in 2015 and the XUAR Implementing Measures of the Counter-Terrorism Law of the People’s Republic of China in 2016.

Continue Reading →

The Increasing Challenge of Foreign Correspondence in China

Asia Society, 31 May 2018 

By Matt Schiavenza – The rise of Xi Jinping as China’s most powerful leader in decades has coincided with tightened censorship, heightened propaganda, and greater pressure applied to foreign correspondents than before. In this challenging environment, Megha Rajagopalan has worked since 2017 as a Beijing-based correspondent for BuzzFeed News, where she has covered a range of stories in China, North Korea and elsewhere in Asia.

Continue Reading →

Issue 10: Restrictions on Imams

World Uyghur Congress, 25 May 2018

Imams are the religious leaders in the Islamic faith, but they have come under heavy restrictions and pressure from the Chinese government in East Turkistan.

Continue Reading →

Weekly Brief May 25th

World Uyghur Congress, 25 May 2018

WUC Urges German Chancellor Merkel to Publicly Raise Mass Internment of Uyghurs During China Visit

In anticipation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s official visit to China from 24-25 May, the WUC  issued a press release strongly urging the German government to publicly raise China’s abysmal human rights record, especially the mass arbitrary detention of 1 million Uyghurs, when meeting with Chinese officials.

Continue Reading →