ACTION CALL BY THE WORLD UYGHUR CONGRESS (WUC): JOIN IN THE COMMEMORATION (PRESS CONFERENCE) IN PARIS OF THE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE EVENTS OF 5 JULY 2009 IN URUMQI

Communique de Presse (In French)

Press Release (in English)

Flyer (in French)

For immediate release

June 30, 2010
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress

0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 (Munich, Germany),

Due to the upcoming first anniversary of the events of 5 July 2009 in Urumqi, the regional capital of East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China), when peaceful demonstrations of Uyghur people against government inaction on the killing of at least two Uyghur migrant workers by Han Chinese workers in a toy factory in Guangdong province, were brutally suppressed by Chinese security forces, killing an untold number of Uyghurs, different events are organised by the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and its affiliates organisations on 4 and 5 July 2010 in about 20 cities around the world.

The actions in Paris will take place on Sunday, 4 July 2010:

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Uyghur Exiles and their Supporters Worldwide to Commemorate the One-Year Anniversary of Urumchi Tragedy

For immediate release
June 29, 2010
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress (
www.uyghurcongress.org)
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 (Munich, Germany), +1 (202) 535 0048 (Washington, DC, USA)

On July 5, 2010 and in the days surrounding July 5th, Uyghurs in exile and their supporters  around the globe will stage demonstrations and other actions to commemorate the one-year anniversary of one of the saddest and most horrific days in the history of the Uyghur people and of East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China) and to ensure that the world does not forget about the devastating plight of the Uyghur people.

On July 5, 2009, Chinese security forces brutally suppressed a peaceful protest by Uyghurs in Urumchi, the regional capital of East Turkestan, and killed many protestors according to eyewitnesses.  Ethnic unrest and violence followed, as well as one of the Chinese government’s fiercest and most repressive crackdowns on Uyghurs in history.

The World Uyghur Congress (www.uyghurcongress.org), which promotes the human rights of the Uyghur people on behalf of the Uyghur exile community worldwide, is spearheading the global commemoration of July 5th.  WUC and its affiliate Uyghur human rights organizations are organizing actions in 17 countries, including but not limited to the United States, Japan, Turkey, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.  The actions will include demonstrations in front of Chinese foreign missions, marches, and conferences and teach-ins on the July 5th events and the aftermath.  For a list of actions worldwide, see

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THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT’S HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST UYGHUR PEOPLE SUBSTANTIALLY DISCUSSED DURING THE 14TH SESSION OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL IN GENEVA

For immediate release
June 24, 2010
Contact: World Uyghur Congress (
www.uyghurcongress.org)
+1 (347) 285-6546 (United States) or  0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 (Munich, Germany)

The 14th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) (May 31 –June 18, 2010) concluded on Friday, June 18th in Geneva, Switzerland.  The World Uyghur Congress (www.uyghurcongress.org), the International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation (www.iuhrdf.org), and the Uyghur American Association (www.uyghuramerican.org) convey their deepest gratitude to the country and intergovernmental delegations, the United Nations mandate holders/Special Procedures, and the non-governmental organizations in consultative status to the UN that raised and discussed the Uyghurs’ plight at the HRC session.  

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Invitation: launch of a new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project

The World Uyghur Congress, the Uyghur American Association, and the National Endowment for Democracy

cordially invite you to

the launch of a new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project,

CAN ANYONE HEAR US?  VOICES FROM THE 2009 UNREST IN URUMCHI

and a roundtable discussion on

UYGHUR-HAN TENSIONS:  CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES

Thursday, July 1, 2010

2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

1025 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004

Tel: 202-378-9700

RSVP with name and affiliation by Tuesday, June 29

to rsvp2@ned.org

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Statement of Society for Threatened Peoples on Item 4 (“Human right situations that require the Council’s attention”) of the 14th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

9 June 2010

Thank you Mr. President.  The Society for Threatened Peoples is deeply troubled by the persecutory measures that have been exacted by the Chinese authorities against the Uyghur people in connection with the July 2009  protest and ethnic unrest in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of the PRC.  On July 5, 2009, Uyghurs in Urumqi, the regional capital, staged a peaceful protest and that protest was brutally suppressed by Chinese security forces.  In fact, eyewitness accounts provided to human rights organizations and media  indicated that security forces committed extrajudicial killings of protesters.

Since the July 2009 protest and the ethnic unrest that followed, the authorities have arrested thousands of people, many of them during mass detentions, including mass roundups of young Uyghur men.  An untold number of Uyghurs, including teenaged boys, have been subjected to enforced disappearances.  Human Rights Watch has made many inquiries to the Chinese authorities about the many Uyghur disappearance cases it has documented and the authorities have failed and refused to provide any information on these cases.    

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Human Rights Council holds General Debate on Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms

UN Human Rights Council, 9 June 2010

Concludes General Debate on Human Rights Situations that
Require the Council’s Attention

The Human Rights Council today held a general debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms. The Council also concluded its general debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention.

In the general debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms, speakers emphasised the necessity and importance of the independence of the Special Procedure mandate holders, which allowed them to exercise their competences with a professional and impartial assessment of fact. This independence contributed to the credibility of the Council’s work, and it should be respected in all cases, including where States may disagree with the findings and recommendations issued. Other speakers believed that special mechanisms must abide by their mandates and code of conduct and that when expressing their views, they must be factual and independent. Speakers also said that it was imperative that Member States prevent the intimidation of and reprisals against people who cooperated with the United Nations and its mechanisms. Speakers thanked the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on the progress report of the best practices on the issue of missing persons and said the report made it clear that missing persons were different from forced or involuntary disappearances. The report touched upon the humanitarian and human rights dimension of this problem and rightly pointed out that the problem of missing persons impacted not only the victims but their families too.

Speaking in the general debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms were Spain on behalf of the European Union, China, France, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Armenia. The following non-governmental organizations also took the floor: World Organization against Torture, Permanent Assembly for Human Rights and Amnesty International.

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UNPO Resolution on East Turkestan

UNPO, 29 May 2010

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The UNPO General Assembly,

Recalling the 2008 Berlin Declaration and the 2010 Brussels Declaration adopted by the World Uyghur Congress and the UNPO, reiterating their call for the application of the Chinese Constitution and the Regional Ethnic Autonomy Law by Chinese authorities in East Turkestan and elsewhere;

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China-Uyghur Dialogue Conference

05 May 2010


DECLARATION MAKES FORMAL CALL FOR DIALOGUE WITH BEIJING

Uyghurs publicly express their desire and readiness for dialogue with China to promote application of the Chinese constitution and international law in East Turkestan

The conference “Uyghurs Call for Dialogue with China – Implementation of the Chinese Constitution to Safeguard and Protect the Rights of the Uyghur people” has concluded on Friday 30 April 2010 with a concerted call from Uyghurs for a meaningful dialogue to begin with Beijing over resolving the situation in East Turkestan and ensuring that provisions for the protection of minority rights in the Chinese constitution are observed.

Niccolò Rinaldi MEP, co-sponsor of the conference with Ivo Vajgl MEP, opened the conference on 29 April 2010 with the warning that “if we stop campaigning, the risk is not just that the [Uyghur] cause will become less known, but the real danger is that it will disappear.” Mr. Rinaldi subsequently pledged his support for a Uyghur-China dialogue, stating that with such an initiative, “the Uyghur people can count on the support of the ALDE Group.”

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