World Uyghur Congress and other Uyghur Organizations Commemorate Baren Uprising

World Uyghur Congress, 6 April 2016

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Munich, Germany  On the 26th anniversary of the Baren Uprising, Uyghur organizations in Turkey, Germany, and in a number of other European countries met to commemorate the events and to speak about current challenges to human rights for the Uyghur community. The meetings allowed for productive dialogue about the situation in East Turkestan and for representatives and members of the community to come together to remember those that were killed during one of the most brutal uses of force against civilians to date.

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WUC Executive Committee Chairman Dolkun Isa Receives Award for Uyghur Rights Advocacy

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31 March 2016
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Ce4kq0BXIAA6rLZExecutive Committee Chairman of the World Uyghur Congress and long-time activist for Uyghur human rights received an award of recognition by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington DC, on March 30, 2016.

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The World Uyghur Congress Marks 11th Anniversary of Rebiya Kadeer’s Release from Prison

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18 March 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
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The World Uyghur Congress marks March 17, 2016, as the 11th anniversary of the WUC’s current president’s release from prison and relocation to the United States. Rebiya Kadeer remained in prison in China for five and a half years of an initial eight year sentence – and remains the only Uyghur prisoner released as a result of pressure from the international community. Ms. Kadeer’s efforts continue to propel the Uyghur Democracy Movement forward and inspires those that fight for justice and democracy in and out of China.

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The WUC is alarmed at the mistreatment of Uyghur refugees in Thailand

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5 March 2016
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LOGO TO USEThe World Uyghur Congress is alarmed at the continued mistreatment of Uyghur refugees in Thai detention facilities, where new reports have suggested that 6 detainees were badly beaten by Thai police inside one facility in Bangkok. We are also deeply concerned that Thai authorities have not allowed for proper access to medical treatment for their injuries.

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Response to China Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Unfounded Accusations

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16 February 2016
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China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Hong Lei, at a press conference on February 16, 2016, made a particularly hostile statement concerning the Taiwanese government’s refusal of entry for WUC Executive Committee Chairman, Dolkun Isa, for a human rights conference later this month. The spokesperson contends that Mr. Isa has been, “suspected of organizing and carrying out a series of explosions, murders, robberies and other severe criminal activities as well as violent terrorist activities”, among other things.

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Demonstrations Organized in Commemoration of the 19th Anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre

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3 February 2016
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Demonstrations around the world have been organized in commemoration of the 19th 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. In each subsequent year after these events, Chinese authorities have continued to devise new oppressive strategies in a drive towards near-total  assimilation.

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Appeal to the International Community for Imprisoned Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti

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15 January 2016
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January 15, 2016 marks the second anniversary of the arrest and detention of Uyghur academic, Ilham Tohti, who was callously removed from his home in Beijing back in January 2014 and subsequently sentenced to life in prison merely for his attempts at bringing the Uyghur and Chinese communities closer together. We therefore urge on this important day that the international community join together in denouncing this injustice and to work for his release.

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Open letter to Ursula Gauthier & Courageous Journalists Reporting on China

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09 January 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
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To the courageous journalists in and out of China,

Reflecting on all that has transpired in relation to French journalist, Ms. Ursula Gauthier, the World Uyghur Congress would like to offer its support to all journalists who have had the courage and resilience to uncover truth and to criticise the Chinese government’s heavy handed policies towards the Uyghur community.

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