WUC Commemorates 1st Anniversary of Yarkand Massacre and Urges the International Community to Respond

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

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On this first anniversary of the Yarkand massacre, the World Uyghur Congress remembers all those who were killed on July 28th, 2014 and in the days following. It has been one year since Chinese security forces violently suppressed a mass protest and we have witnessed only an escalation in discriminatory state policies that have led to the deaths of hundreds and the detention of thousands.

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The WUC Strongly Condemns Recent Return of Refugees to China from Thailand

Press Release – For immediate release
9 July 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 (WUC) is gravely concerned about the fate of upwards of 109 Uyghur refugees who were being held at a Thai detention camp in and around Bangkok, whose repatriation was recently ordered by the Chinese government. We are additionally concerned of the fate of those that remain in detention in Thailand.

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The World Uyghur Congress Commemorates the 6th Anniversary of Urumqi Unrest

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1 July 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
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On the occasion of the upcoming 6th anniversary of the tragic events taking place in Urumqi in early July, 2009, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) calls on the international community to take immediate and genuine steps to address consistent and growing repression of the Uyghur people. Six years later, Uyghurs find themselves in much of the same situation in East Turkestan – state violence, harsh repression, religious and cultural intolerance and strict controls on movement remain a ubiquitous part of Uyghur life today.

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A Call to Action by the World Uyghur Congress

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Join in the Commemoration of the 6th Anniversary of the Chinese Authorities’ Brutal Killing of an Untold Number of Uyghur Protesters in Urumqi

The action calendar can be downloaded here:

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WUC Issues Open Letter to EU ahead of China-EU Summit

Press Release – For immediate release
26 June 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
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UntitledDear President Juncker & Tusk,

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) writes in light of the upcoming China-EU summit taking place on June 29, 2015, in Brussels, Belgium, to urge EU representatives to substantively raise the issue of widespread Chinese rights abuses against its population. In particular, we wish that you discuss the issue of mounting abuses perpetrated towards the Uyghur population living in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

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The World Uyghur Congress Calls Attention to Religious Restrictions on Uyghurs during Ramadan

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17 June 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
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UntitledAs Muslims around the world begin to observe the holy month of Ramadan beginning on June 18th, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) calls on China to end its restrictions on fasting and other religious observances throughout the month. Setting aside the fact that these prohibitions are clearly in contravention of internationally recognized human rights law, they also serve only to deepen the division between Uyghurs and the rest of the Chinese community in East Turkestan and fuel further resentment of the state and its unreasonable policies.

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The World Uyghur Congress Recognizes 26th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

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4 June 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
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The World Uyghur Congress commemorates the victims of the Tiananmen Square Massacre that took place on June 3, 1989, in which thousands were killed in response to legitimate student demonstrations calling for political and economic reform. Although the Uyghur people were not directly involved with the protests, save some, clear parallels can be drawn between the treatment of civilians whose only desire is to peacefully and publically express their grievances.

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The WUC welcomes the release of Ablikim Abdiriyim and calls on China to release all Uyghur political prisoners

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1 June 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
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In light of the release of the son of WUC president Rebiya Kadeer, Ablikim Abdiriyim, on May 31, 2015, the WUC calls on China to release all of its Uyghur political prisoners whom it has unfairly and unjustly imprisoned for exercising their right to free expression, assembly and association in the context of the conflict in East Turkestan. Not only have Uyghurs living in East Turkestan been imprisoned for speaking out, but harassment and intimidation of family members of those who now live abroad has increasingly become a more serious concern.

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