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

Press Release – For immediate release
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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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

Press Release – For immediate release
27 June 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
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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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[Press Release] Human Rights Must Factor into Dialogue During Li Keqiang Visit to Berlin & Brussels

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

German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker must substantively raise serious human rights concerns during the upcoming visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium from May 31 to June 2.

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World Uyghur Congress Annual Human Rights Report 2017

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

The World Uyghur Congress is releasing its annual report on the human rights situation in East Turkestan covering events of 2016. The report presents a detailed review of China’s actions in East Turkestan vis-à-vis the Uyghur population there and provides in-depth analysis of the most critical issues facing Uyghurs there.

The year 2016 saw no relief in terms of the continued harassment of Uyghurs living in East Turkestan (officially the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China). The Chinese Communist Party (CPC) extended its outright assault by effectively criminalising even the most basic aspects of Uyghur life, and in doing so, violating human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed under international law.

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East Turkestan Elites Meeting: Strategy for Uyghur Struggles

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1 March 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
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Elites, experts, activists, and community leaders from the Uyghur diaspora gathered in the city of Kyrenia in the Turkish Republic of Cyprus, to hold a three day meeting from February 25-27 to build upon a strategy for the Uyghur struggle.

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The World Uyghur Congress Supports UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day

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21 February 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
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The World Uyghur Congress, on this 17th anniversary of the inauguration of UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day, would like to recognize the importance of the preserving traditional languages amid often tremendous pressure to assimilate. This issue is of particular importance to the Uyghur people as the Uyghur language has been under threat for decades.

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