PRESS STATEMENT: European Parliament Members Call On Bulgarian Government Not To Deport Uyghur Asylum Seekers To China

European Parliament Members Press Statement16 January 2018

We, in our capacity as Members of the European Parliament, urge the government of the Republic of Bulgaria not to deport to China five Uyghur asylum seekers currently detained in the Lyumbimets Detention Centre in Bulgaria. If urgent action is not taken, there are substantial grounds for believing that there is a real risk of irreparable harm if they are forcibly returned to China, including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance or torture on account of their Uyghur ethnicity.

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WUC President Speaks on Organ Harvesting at Roundtable in the UK Parliament

World Uyghur Congress, 14 December 2017

On 13 December 2017, WUC President Dolkun Isa participated in a roundtable discussion in the UK Parliament on organ harvesting in China. The roundtable was co-hosted by Members of the UK Parliament Jim Shannon and Fiona Bruce and aimed to raise awareness of the practice of forced organ harvesting in China. It assembled a panel of expert speakers to speak on this important issue and to discuss what steps the UK government could take to stop this barbaric practice.

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World Uyghur Congress Sends Letter to Canadian PM Ahead of Visit

World Uyghur Congress, 5 December 2017

The World Uyghur Congress sent a letter to the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, last week ahead of his anticipated visit to China to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Trudeau government has been relatively silent on human rights issues in the past, but has emphasised that its “quiet diplomacy” has been effective in terms of moving forward on these issues. A copy of the letter can be found below:

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World Uyghur Congress Holds Side Event During UN Minority Forum

World Uyghur Congress, 4 December 2017

The World Uyghur Congress held a successful side event on December 1st, during the 10th UN Forum on Minority Issues, Native Languages in a Contemporary World: Threats and Challenges for Youth, co-organised by the Society for Threatened Peoples.

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World Uyghur Congress Makes Intervention at 10th UN Forum on Minority Issues

World Uyghur Congress, 30 November 2017

The World Uyghur Congress took the floor on November 30th during the 10th UN Forum on Minority Issues to speak about language rights among the Uyghur community in East Turkestan during a panel discussion on the importance of Education in minority communities.

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UN Minority Forum Side Event: ‘Native Languages in a Contemporary World: Threats and Challenges for Youth’

World Uyghur Congress, 27 November 2017

The WUC, in cooperation with the Society for Threatened Peoples, will hold a side event Friday, December 1, from 13:00-14:00 in room XXVII at the Palais des Nations, at the 10th session of the UN Minority Forum – Native Languages in a Contemporary World: Threats and Challenges for Youth. The purpose of the event is to discuss the importance of native language to a people and the contemporary threats and challenges to its continued use. Whether it be due to the intentional actions of an oppressive government or the pressures from our contemporary globalised society, many native languages have come under strain, especially with the younger generation. This event intends to address these significant challenges to native languages by giving a platform to the youth to articulate what they think about their native language, how they relate to it and what pressures and difficulties they face when learning and using their native language.

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World Uyghur Congress 6th General Assembly Opens in Munich, Germany

World Uyghur Congress, 11 November 2017

The 6th General Assembly of the World Uyghur Congress opened yesterday on 10 November 2017 in Munich, Germany. The meeting began with an opening ceremony in which the leadership of the World Uyghur Congress and distinguished guests gave opening remarks expressing support for the Uyghur struggle for human rights and democracy in China and discussing the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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Launch of ‘Friends of Uyghur’ Friendship Group in the European Parliament Brings Together MEPs, NGOs and Public to Celebrate Uyghur Community Culture

UNPO, 20 October 2017

UNPO — On 19 October 2017, the newly formed Uyghur Friendship Group, in collaboration with MEPs Csaba Sógor and Ilhan Kyuchyuk, marked its inaugural event with a celebration of the Uyghur culture. The launch brought together a variety of people including representatives from NGOs, MEPs, members of the Uyghur diaspora and the wider public and drew attention to this people’s vibrant culture, while also calling for the need to protect their cultural rights.

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