Press Release: WUC Denounces Unjust Sentencing of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Leaders

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19 August  2017

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

The World Uyghur Congress expresses its strong concern after the unjust sentencing of Hong Kong pro-democracy figures Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow. The result leaves no doubt that Hong Kong authorities have chosen to side with injustice and the silencing of peaceful dissent since the rise of the umbrella movement in 2014.

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Press Release: WUC Alarmed at Recent Uyghur Language Ban in Hotan Schools

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14 August  2017

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

The World Uyghur Congress is appalled by the recent decision of Hotan authorities to completely ban the Uyghur language at all education levels up to and including secondary school. The ban shows the extreme lengths at which the Chinese government is willing to go to fully assimilate the Uyghur population in East Turkestan as well as the artificial nature of the so-called “bilingual education” system.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC CALLS ON CHINESE AUTHORITIES TO HALT RESTRICTIONS ON ETHNIC KAZAKHS IN EAST TURKESTAN

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11 August  2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
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The World Uyghur Congress calls on the Chinese government to halt its increasing restrictions on ethnic Kazakhs and other ethnic minorities native to the region and to uphold international standards in terms of fair treatment and protection for vulnerable groups. The Chinese government has begun to impose unjust restrictions on ethnic Kazakhs living in East Turkestan in particular that continue to resemble those on the Uyghur population there.

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World Uyghur Congress Deeply Saddened By the Death of Liu Xiaobo

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13 July 2017
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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

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

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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