Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Co-Chairmen Recognize the Fourth Anniversary of the Riots in Xinjiang, China and Express Concern with the Government of China’s Continued Repression of Uyghur Rights.

TLHRC, 4 July 2013

Washington – Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission co-chairmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) today recognize the fourth anniversary of the riots and violence in Xinjiang, China and express their deepest concern about the deteriorating human rights situation in the People’s Republic of China, especially for the Uyghur Muslim community.

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Statement about continued repression in East Turkestan

FAPA, 1 July 2013

(Washington, D.C. – July 1st 2013) — On the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the crackdown by the PRC authorities in Urumqi, East Turkestan, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs – a Taiwanese-American grassroots organization in Washington DC –expresses its deep concern about the continued repression in East Turkestan by the Chinese authorities.

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Stop the CCP’s Influence in Democratic Countries: (Stop CCP exporting dictatorship to democratic countries) – A Statement on WUC Conference Being Clamped Down in Hungary

Federation for a Democratic China, 6 June 2013

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) Youth Branch Meeting was scheduled to be held in Budapest, capital of Hungary, from May 30 to June 1, 2013.

 Unexpectedly, on May 30, the Hungarian police suddenly appeared and took Mr. Umit Hamit, convener of the conference, to immigration office where he was then informed that he should leave Hungary territory immediately. At the same time, the police closed down the building of the World Federation of Hungarians (WFH), where the WUC conference was to take place, for so-called bomb alert. The participating Uyghurs had no choice but leaving. With these actions, the conference was totally clamped down.

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UNPO Calls for Independent Investigation in East Turkestan

UNPO, 2 May 2013

UNPO, together with the World Uyghur Congress, has called for the European Parliament to urge the UN to set up an independent investigative team to report on the recent violent clashes opposing Uyghurs and Chinese authorities in the Kashgar region (East Turkestan).

Below is the appeal published by UNPO sent to Members of the European Parliament and other EU Institutions

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UPDATE: International Conference on the Upcoming Chinese Leadership Change and its Potential Impact on Uyghur

Press Release – For immediate release
25 September 2012
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

The East Turkestan Union in Europe and The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) are set to hold an international conference addressing the impact of the Chinese leadership on the Uyghur human rights situation. The conference has been organised in collaboration with and support from the Bavarian parliamentary groups of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Green Party (Bündnis/90 Die Grünen). Attendees will hear from a variety of speakers who possess a wealth of expertise in the field of human rights in China and, more specifically, in those relating to the Uyghurs in East Turkestan.

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New government demonstrates disregard for human rights

The Nation, 19 August 2011

By Sophie Richardson,
Bill Frelick,
Nicholas Bequelin Bequeln
Human Rights Watch

The Chinese government should immediately allow access to Nur Muhammed, an ethnic Uighur who was handed over to Chinese officials in Bangkok on August 6.

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China puts pressure on Pakistan: Deportation of five Uyghurs to China is a violation of human rights!

Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker, 10 August 2011


The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) raised serious allegations against Pakistan on Wednesday. “The Pakistani authorities deported five Uyghurs to China – accepting the fact, that the refugees might be imprisoned for years or even sentenced to death in the People’s Republic,” said the STP’s expert on questions regarding Asia, Ulrich Delius.

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China: End Violence and Restrictions In Uighur Muslim Areas

August 5, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) urges an end to all violence and restrictions on peaceful religious activity in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China.

Recent violence in the cities of Hotan and Kashgar has led reportedly to the death of dozens of Uighur Muslim and Han Chinese, the most since June 2009 ethnic clashes in the XUAR. Beijing’s official media described the violence as acts of terrorists fueled by “religious extremism,” points disputed by Uighur groups outside of China. Chinese officials in the XUAR announced yesterday new “high pressure” security measures and stated their intent to show “no mercy” toward anyone pursuing separatism or violence.

“Beijing’s policy toward the Uighur Muslims is trapped in a cycle of repression and discontent, viewing even peaceful expressions of protest or public piety as evidence of religious extremism and separatism,” said Leonard Leo, USCIRF Chair.  “There is no excuse for violence targeting innocent civilians. Yet, Beijing needs to recognize that indiscriminate repression of Uighur religious, cultural, and political life will not bring stability, only fuel further frustration. The first step in building trust and addressing instability has to come from Beijing. They should end all restrictions on peaceful religious activities and allow for independent and transparent investigations of the violence.”

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