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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World Uyghur Congress Confronts Obstacles at UN Forum on Minority Issues

Press Release – For immediate release
1 December 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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From November 24-25, the World Uyghur Congress attended the 9th UN Forum on Minority Issues in order to advocate for the Uyghur population in East Turkestan. Despite not standing as a minority in the region of East Turkestan, the WUC finds the Forum useful in engaging with different stakeholders including civil society and state representatives to the UN in Geneva. The Uyghur population stood around 83 percent in 1945, but has since been seriously diluted and now stands at an estimated 46 percent today.

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WUC Deeply Concerned About Election of Meng Hongwei as Interpol President

Press Release – For immediate release
11 November 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 very concerned about the recent election of China’s former Vice-Minister for Public Security, Meng Hongwei, as president of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) on Thursday. The move will likely embolden the Chinese government to continue to leverage the organization as a means of silencing critics and quelling dissent.

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World Uyghur Congress Releases New Report on the Use of Forced Labour in East Turkestan

Press Release – For immediate release
10 November 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 has released a new report, Forced Labour in East Turkestan: State-Sanctioned Hashar System, detailing the continued use of forced labour among with Uyghur population in East Turkestan. China has been imposing forced labour on the Uyghur community primarily in the region’s southern prefectures, despite China officially abolishing the similar practice of “re-education through labour” back in November 2013.

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The World Uyghur Congress Raises Strong Concerns Over the Confiscation of Passports

Press Release – For immediate release
21 October 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 strongly condemns the recent decision by a number of counties in East Turkestan (officially Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) to confiscate passports from Uyghur residents in the area.[1] Photos of a number of posted notices have surfaced from at least four different counties stating that Uyghur residents must promptly turn in their passports to Chinese regional authorities. No clear explanation for the policy has been announced, but follows from a number of other concerning efforts to restrict free movement within East Turkestan and elsewhere.

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