Open Letter to Angela Merkel Ahead of Visit to China

For immediate release
10 June 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

open letter picAhead of German Chancellor Angel Merkel’s upcoming diplomatic and trade visit to China from June 12-14, the World Uyghur Congress and the Society for Threatened Peoples has written an open letter urging the German government to substantively raise issues from restrictions on religious practice during  Ramadan, Ilham Tohti’s continued detention, and the recent mistreatment and crackdown on lawyers, human rights defenders and activists. The text and PDF versions of the letter can be found below:

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On the Eve of Ramadan, China Releases White Paper on ‘Freedom of Religion’ in East Turkestan

For immediate release
6 June 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress is deeply concerned by the White Paper recently released by the Chinese Communist Party that suggests that freedom of religion has been widely protected in East Turkestan. Basic facts in the document are clearly unsubstantiated considering the countless cases of overt discrimination on the basis of religion.

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Escalation of Uyghur Hunger Strike in Bangkok

World Uyghur Congress, 3 June 2016

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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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Uyghurs Held Without Charge Begin Hunger Strike at Thai Immigration Detention Facility

For immediate release
31 May 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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A group of 15 Uyghurs, who have been held at an immigration detention facility in Bangkok, Thailand, for over two years, began a hunger strike at 15:00 local time today (31 May 2016) to protest their poor treatment, challenge the legality of their indefinite detention, and bring greater attention to their circumstances.

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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
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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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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Conference Resolution on Uyghur Refugees and Asylum Seekers

WUC, 6 May 2016

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World Uyghur Congress  The WUC has released its Formal Resolution for its recent conference regarding the status of Uyghur refugees and asylum seekers, The Rights of Uyghur Refugees: Past & Present Challenges, which can be read here.

Over the past decade and a half, Uyghur refugees and asylum seekers have suffered from the repeated disregard for the most fundamental norms of international refugee law. Since 1999, Uyghurs have been forcibly deported to China from at least 16 countries in 25 separate incidents.

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Dolkun Isa Statement on India’s Recent Visa Cancellation

For immediate release
25 April 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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As the Executive Committee Chairman of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), I express my disappointment on Indian authorities’ cancellation of my visa to attend the annual Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference taking place in Dharamsala, India, from April 30 to May 1, 2016.

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Conference Announcement – The Rights of Uyghur Refugees: Past and Present Challenges

For immediate release
20 April 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress, along with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization and the Society for Threatened Peoples, and with financial support from the National Endowment for Democracy, will hold an international conference focusing on the plight of Uyghurs fleeing East Turkestan, that will take place from April 25-26 in Berlin, Germany, at the Holiday Inn Berlin City East (Landsberger Allee 203, 13055 Berlin).

The two-day conference will provide a forum to bring together academics, experts, activists, members of civil society and witnesses together to discuss the problem and its underlying sources, as well as to develop a concrete strategy in terms of the remedial approach that must be taken. The conference will also provide a forum for conversation between members of WUC leadership from around the world and other interested parties.

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