World Uyghur Congress Deeply Saddened By the Death of Liu Xiaobo

Press Release – For immediate release
13 July 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
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The World Uyghur Congress expresses its deep sadness and regret upon hearing of the death of Liu Xiaobo. Liu will forever stand as a symbol both of a wide ranging struggle for human rights and democracy as well as the relentless and repressive power of the state.

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Resolution of the World Uyghur Congress Steering Committee to Convene Extraordinary General Assembly

Press Release – For immediate release
6 July 2017
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On June 23, 2017, Ms. Rabiya Kadeer’s proposed to convene an Extraordinary General Assembly of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC). The WUC Steering Committee called a meeting and approved four important propositions and assigned the general secretariat to come up with a plan on the date and location of the General Assembly.

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World Uyghur Congress Continues to Call for Accountability Over Disappearances 8 Years On

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5 July 2017
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On the 8th anniversary of the unrest in Urumqi on July 5th, 2009, the World Uyghur Congress calls on the Chinese government to fulfill its international human rights commitments and open an independent investigation into countless disappearances. Legitimate questions continue to go unanswered, exacerbating tension and resentment among the Uyghur population in East Turkestan.

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WUC General Secretary Dolkun Isa Elected as UNPO Vice President

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28 June 2017
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The World Uyghur Congress participated in the 13th General Assembly of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in Edinburgh, Scotland on June 27th.

The biennial meeting gathers together UNPO Member organizations to discuss and share their experiences, successes and obstacles, and to consider specific topics of concern and for the adoption of member-specific resolutions.

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WUC Releases Updated Report Documenting Two Decades of Uyghur Forced Returns to China

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28 June 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
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One year has passed since the we released our report, Seeking a Place to Breathe Freely: Current Challenges Faced by Uyghur Refugees & Asylum Seekers, that looked to present a detailed account of both the conditions on the ground in East Turkestan over the last few years as well as to document the perilous journeys made by Uyghurs who chose to flee China amid repression. In this updated report, we have notably added an Appendix detailing every case of Uyghur deportation to China from abroad since 1997.

The initial report was based on extensive first-hand research working directly with Uyghur refugees and asylum seekers who fled to Turkey from East Turkestan, but because the situation is fluid, the report looks to provide additional and up-to-date details on current cases and to stand as a unique resource.

Here we have documented the return of 317 Uyghurs to China since 1997 from 15 different countries including Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Germany and Sweden.

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Decision of the Steering Committee of the World Uyghur Congress

World Uyghur Congress, 27 June 2017

The Steering Committee of the World Uyghur Congress held a special meeting on June 22, 2017 to discuss the decision of Ms. Rebiya Kadeer regarding WUC Vice-President Omer Kanat and Director of the Research Department, Dr. Erkin Ekrem, which led to an internal conflict within the WUC and also to discuss the proposal to hold an extraordinary General Assembly meeting and early elections.

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China: Immediately and Unconditionally Release Political Prisoners

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27 June 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
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Following Liu Xiaobo’s release from prison on medical parole on account of his recent cancer diagnosis, the World Uyghur Congress calls on the Chinese government to take the immediate and necessary steps to release all political prisoners without exception.

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture Must Shed Light on Countless Uyghur Cases

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

On this International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the World Uyghur Congress would like to highlight the extent to which the Uyghur population has, and continues to be, tormented by torture from state officials from the lowest to highest levels. The Chinese government must take immediate action to stop the use of torture that continues to plague the criminal justice system.

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