Announcement: WUC to Hold Youth Training Seminar in Washington, DC

Press Release – For immediate release
31 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 (WUC) under the co-sponsorship of the Uyghur American Association (UAA) and the International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation, and with support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) will convene a youth training seminar that will take place in Washington, DC, from May 6-8, 2015.

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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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The World Uyghur Congress Marks 10th Anniversary of President Rebiya Kadeer’s Release from Chinese Prison

Press Release – For immediate release
16 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 (WUC) marks March 17, 2015, as the 10th anniversary of the release of the current WUC president, Ms. Rebiya Kadeer from an eight-year prison sentence. Ms. Kadeer continues to inspire those that fight for justice and democracy in and out of China as she leads the Uyghur Democracy Movement forward.

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The WUC Calls for an Inquiry in the Recent Killing of Uyghur Civilians

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

logo-wuc-transparente (1)The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) calls on the international community to undertake an independent investigation into the recent atrocity that has taken place in Purchaqcha village, Hotan Prefecture in East Turkestan. The WUC is extremely concerned about recent killings that have taken place that have been overshadowed by the ongoing meeting of the Chinese National Congress taking place in Beijing this week.

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The World Uyghur Congress Supports UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day

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, on this 15th anniversary of the inauguration of UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day, would like to recognize the importance of the preserving traditional languages amid often tremendous pressure to assimilate. This issue is of particular importance to the Uyghur people as the Uyghur language has been under threat for decades.

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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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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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Appeal to the International Community for Imprisoned Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti

Press Release – For immediate release
14 January 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 would like to make an urgent appeal to the international community for the release of Uyghur academic, Ilham Tohti. It has been one year to the day that Tohti was arrested in his home in Beijing on January 15, 2014, for exercising his right to free expression. He has remained in detention since then and was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment back in September by a Chinese court. The WUC urges states and international organizations to raise awareness of Tohti’s wrongful imprisonment and to pressure the Chinese government to overturn the sentence and clear him of all unfounded charges.

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