World Uyghur Congress Confronts Obstacles at UN Forum on Minority Issues

Press Release – For immediate release
1 December 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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From November 24-25, the World Uyghur Congress attended the 9th UN Forum on Minority Issues in order to advocate for the Uyghur population in East Turkestan. Despite not standing as a minority in the region of East Turkestan, the WUC finds the Forum useful in engaging with different stakeholders including civil society and state representatives to the UN in Geneva. The Uyghur population stood around 83 percent in 1945, but has since been seriously diluted and now stands at an estimated 46 percent today.

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WUC Deeply Concerned About Election of Meng Hongwei as Interpol President

Press Release – For immediate release
11 November 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress is very concerned about the recent election of China’s former Vice-Minister for Public Security, Meng Hongwei, as president of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) on Thursday. The move will likely embolden the Chinese government to continue to leverage the organization as a means of silencing critics and quelling dissent.

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World Uyghur Congress Releases New Report on the Use of Forced Labour in East Turkestan

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10 November 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress has released a new report, Forced Labour in East Turkestan: State-Sanctioned Hashar System, detailing the continued use of forced labour among with Uyghur population in East Turkestan. China has been imposing forced labour on the Uyghur community primarily in the region’s southern prefectures, despite China officially abolishing the similar practice of “re-education through labour” back in November 2013.

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The World Uyghur Congress Raises Strong Concerns Over the Confiscation of Passports

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21 October 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress strongly condemns the recent decision by a number of counties in East Turkestan (officially Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) to confiscate passports from Uyghur residents in the area.[1] Photos of a number of posted notices have surfaced from at least four different counties stating that Uyghur residents must promptly turn in their passports to Chinese regional authorities. No clear explanation for the policy has been announced, but follows from a number of other concerning efforts to restrict free movement within East Turkestan and elsewhere.

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Imprisoned Uyghur Scholar, Ilham Tohti, Wins Prestigious Human Rights Award

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12 October 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
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The World Uyghur Congress lauds the decision to award leading Uyghur intellectual, Ilham Tohti, the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders at a ceremony in Geneva yesterday. Professor Tohti was given a life sentence back in September 2014 on fabricated charges following a two-day trial. The award is chosen by a jury of ten of the world’s human rights NGOs, providing a great deal of institutional backing to Ilham Tohti’s efforts at fostering dialogue and harmony among peoples and the government in China.

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WUC Joint Demonstration — UN: Stop China’s Violations of Freedom of Religion in Tibet & East Turkestan

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2 September 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress along with the International Campaign for Tibet will be holding a demonstration march in Geneva, Switzerland, from Palais Wilson to the Broken Chair Monument across from the Palais des Nations beginning at 11:00 on September 16th.

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The World Uyghur Congress strongly condemns Uyghur participation with so-called Islamic State (ISIL)

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8 August 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

press_release_imageThe World Uyghur Congress (WUC), in light of recent evidence, unreservedly condemns the inexcusable actions by Uyghurs who have travelled to Syria to fight alongside the so-called Islamic State (ISIL). A recent report by New America has regrettably shown that at least 114 Uyghurs were registered with the group between 2013 and 2014. The WUC is saddened by these developments and openly discourages and condemns violence in any form both on clear moral grounds as well as its capacity to undermine the cause of the majority of peaceful Uyghur activists and all Uyghurs living in East Turkestan today.

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Open Discrimination Targets Uyghurs Ahead of G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China

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5 August 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress is deeply concerned about open discrimination against the Uyghur population ahead of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China after a printed notice surfaced online offering cash rewards for reporting the presence of Uyghurs to police. Any government that sanctions this type of behaviour from its officials should not be fit to chair and host a meeting representing some of the world’s most powerful states whose decisions shape global economic development.

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