World Uyghur Congress Annual Human Rights Report 2017

Press Release — For immediate release
17 May 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress is releasing its annual report on the human rights situation in East Turkestan covering events of 2016. The report presents a detailed review of China’s actions in East Turkestan vis-à-vis the Uyghur population there and provides in-depth analysis of the most critical issues facing Uyghurs there.

The year 2016 saw no relief in terms of the continued harassment of Uyghurs living in East Turkestan (officially the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China). The Chinese Communist Party (CPC) extended its outright assault by effectively criminalising even the most basic aspects of Uyghur life, and in doing so, violating human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed under international law.

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Uyghur Human Rights Activist Expelled from UNPFII

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, 8 May 2017

UNPO — On 26 April 2017, Uyghur human rights activist and member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) Dolkun Isa, who was participating in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), was forced to leave the UN premises. A coalition of organisations including Human Rights Watch, Minority Rights Group, the UNPO and the Nonviolent Radical Party have joined to publish a press release asking for a full account of the causes of this incident and for the right of indigenous peoples to express themselves to be respected.

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East Turkestan Elites Meeting: Strategy for Uyghur Struggles

Press Release – For immediate release
1 March 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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Elites, experts, activists, and community leaders from the Uyghur diaspora gathered in the city of Kyrenia in the Turkish Republic of Cyprus, to hold a three day meeting from February 25-27 to build upon a strategy for the Uyghur struggle.

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

Press Release – For immediate release
21 February 2017
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 17th 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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The Ghulja Massacre 20 Years On: Uyghurs Still Facing Unprecedented Levels of Repression

Press Release – For immediate release
3 February 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre in which hundreds of peaceful Uyghur protesters were killed by Chinese state security forces. The date remains a potent reminder of the continued and unrelenting power of the state to suppress all forms of dissent across the country and in East Turkestan in particular.

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Event Announcement: Uyghur Youth Leadership Training Seminar Applications Open

Press Release – For immediate release
11 January 2017
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 Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and with support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), will convene a 3-day Uyghur youth training seminar taking place from March 29-31, 2017, in Brussels, Belgium.

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A Statement of Solidarity from a Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, and Chinese Activists

International Tibet Network, 9 December 2016

hr-open-letterInternational Tibet Network — In 2016, for those under China’s rule, freedoms have continued on a steep downward spiral. 2016 has been a year of tumultuous, global social injustices and human rights violations. From Syria to Brazil, Russia to Burundi, governments around the world have openly broken fundamental, international laws that exist to protect the freedoms of people around the world, and give them justice.

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Conference on the founding of the Ilham Tohti Initiative

Ilham Tohti Initiative, 8 December 2016

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Ilham Tohti Initiative — Panelists will discuss the current situation of the Uyghurs in the Autonomous Region of Xinjiang (East Turkestan) and the possibility of a peaceful solution to the ethnic tensions on the basis of Ilham Tohti’s ideas.

Invited participants are regional and federal politicians as well as representatives of the European Parliament, various foreign representatives and human rights activists.

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