The World Uyghur Congress Commemorates the 18th Anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre

Press Release – For immediate release
4 February 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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On February 5th each year, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) brings attention to the horrific events that took place on that day in 1997 that lead to the death and disappearance of hundreds of peaceful Uyghurs. 2015 marks the 18th anniversary of the Ghulja massacre, and remains a potent reminder of the capricious and unyielding power of the state to suppress all forms of dissent. It not only serves as a horrific memory, but as a symbol of the ongoing repressive policies exercised by the Chinese government in East Turkestan.

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Appeal to the International Community for Imprisoned Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti

Press Release – For immediate release
14 January 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress would like to make an urgent appeal to the international community for the release of Uyghur academic, Ilham Tohti. It has been one year to the day that Tohti was arrested in his home in Beijing on January 15, 2014, for exercising his right to free expression. He has remained in detention since then and was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment back in September by a Chinese court. The WUC urges states and international organizations to raise awareness of Tohti’s wrongful imprisonment and to pressure the Chinese government to overturn the sentence and clear him of all unfounded charges.

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The World Uyghur Congress Calls on the International Community to Respond to Renewed Violence Perpetrated by the PRC

Press Release – For immediate release
13 January 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

WUC-Logo2The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) strongly denounces the killing of six Uyghurs in Kashgar on Monday and the continued violence perpetrated by Chinese security forces and police. The events followed a well-known narrative supplied by state-controlled media who reported that all those killed were involved in a “terrorist incident”, though these reports could not be independently verified. The WUC condemns what may be another example of the extrajudicial killing of civilians in East Turkestan, something that has been rampant over the past year.

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China: Human Rights 365 = Human Rights for All

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

To contact one of the spokespeople email campaigns@tibetnetwork.org or call:
Tenzin Dorjee: +1 (646) 724 0748
Yang Jianli: +1 (857) 472 9039
Enghebatu Togochog: +1 (917) 698 4367
Dolkun Isa (Rebiya Kadeer contact): +49 (0) 89 5432 1999

As 2014’s Human Rights Day comes to pass, we are reminded of the great sacrifices that people have made this year to obtain fundamental freedoms and human rights across the world. This year’s theme, ‘Human Rights 365’, is particularly apt for the human rights heroes who live daily under the Chinese government’s brutal repression.

As Tibetans, Uyghurs, Southern Mongolians and Chinese we join together in solidarity to honor the bravery and spirit of our brothers and sisters who have dedicated their lives to the restoration of basic rights and freedoms. We are proud to call them our people, and inspired by their refusal not to be silenced despite the extraordinary circumstances under which they live.

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Uyghurs Demand Inherent Dignity and Respect on this 64th World Human Rights Day

Press Release – For immediate release
10 December 2014
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress, while commemorating the 64th International Human Rights Day, would like to call attention to China’s alarmingly opaque justice system and calls on China to immediately put a stop to its capricious use of the death penalty.

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Announcement of the Seminar Agenda

21 November 2014
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) in association with Geneva for Human Rights has organized a two-day intensive workshop in Geneva, Switzerland (November 24-25) for members of the Uyghur diaspora to strengthen understanding of the UN system and to build the capacity of Uyghur youth leaders to educate local stakeholders on issues relating to human rights and democracy promotion.

Please click here to download the Agenda of the Seminar.

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Chinese Police Prevent Bavarian PM from Conducting Interview at Tiananmen Square

Press Release – For immediate release
20 November 2014
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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World Uyghur Congress, Munich –  The World Uyghur Congress would like to call attention to the treatment of foreign dignitaries to China. Just yesterday, Bavaria’s Prime Minister, Horst Seehofer, was stopped by police and prevented from conducting an interview at the historic “Gate of Heavenly Peace” in Tiananmen Square. Though the incident roused little attention, such an event is very much representative of press freedom in much of China, something that must be addressed before any real progress can be made.

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The World Uyghur Congress Condemns China’s Sentencing of 12 Uyghurs to Death and Calls on China to Uphold Basic Principles of International Law

Press Release – For immediate release
14 October 2014
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns the recent death sentences given to 12 Uyghurs in relation to an incident that left scores of innocent civilians dead many other injured back on July 28 of this year. Death sentences have become increasingly common in the region with scores of others suffering the same fate in the past few months.

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