WUC Marks 2nd Anniversary of Continued Silence on Yarkand Massacre in East Turkestan

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

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On July 28th, the World Uyghur Congress commemorates the second anniversary of the Yarkand Massacre, in which Chinese security forces violently suppressed a mass protest, where hundreds of Uyghurs were killed and countless more arrested.

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World Uyghur Congress Concludes 5th General Assembly in Paris, France

Press Release – For immediate release 
15 July 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, under the cosponsorship of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Uyghur Association of France (Association des Ouïghours de France) successfully completed its 5th General Assembly on July 13th in Paris, France.

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WUC Calls for Transparency on the 7th Anniversary of Urumqi Unrest

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

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On the 7th anniversary of the unrest in Urumqi in July 2009, the World Uyghur Congress calls on the Chinese government to act transparently and reveal the whereabouts of countless Uyghurs who went missing as a result of intense crackdowns by police and security forces. Legitimate questions continue to go unanswered, exacerbating tension and resentment among the Uyghur population in East Turkestan.

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China: policies aimed at diminishing status of the Uyghur language in society and education a human rights violation

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 14 June 2016

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UHRP  International Uyghur Language Day, commemorated on June 15th, was inaugurated in 2015 to celebrate the Uyghur language and to highlight state policies undermining its status in the Uyghur homeland.

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Open Letter to Angela Merkel Ahead of Visit to China

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

open letter picAhead of German Chancellor Angel Merkel’s upcoming diplomatic and trade visit to China from June 12-14, the World Uyghur Congress and the Society for Threatened Peoples has written an open letter urging the German government to substantively raise issues from restrictions on religious practice during  Ramadan, Ilham Tohti’s continued detention, and the recent mistreatment and crackdown on lawyers, human rights defenders and activists. The text and PDF versions of the letter can be found below:

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On the Eve of Ramadan, China Releases White Paper on ‘Freedom of Religion’ in East Turkestan

For immediate release
6 June 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 by the White Paper recently released by the Chinese Communist Party that suggests that freedom of religion has been widely protected in East Turkestan. Basic facts in the document are clearly unsubstantiated considering the countless cases of overt discrimination on the basis of religion.

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Uyghurs Held Without Charge Begin Hunger Strike at Thai Immigration Detention Facility

For immediate release
31 May 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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A group of 15 Uyghurs, who have been held at an immigration detention facility in Bangkok, Thailand, for over two years, began a hunger strike at 15:00 local time today (31 May 2016) to protest their poor treatment, challenge the legality of their indefinite detention, and bring greater attention to their circumstances.

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