Systematic disregard of human rights rampant in China: Activists

The Tibet Post, 16 December 2016

hr-open-letterDharamshala — On the International Human Rights Day, activists from China, Tibet, East Turkestan, and Southern Mongolia, criticized the Chinese government for the worsening state of human rights in China and above regions.

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A Statement of Solidarity from a Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, and Chinese Activists

International Tibet Network, 9 December 2016

hr-open-letterInternational Tibet Network — In 2016, for those under China’s rule, freedoms have continued on a steep downward spiral. 2016 has been a year of tumultuous, global social injustices and human rights violations. From Syria to Brazil, Russia to Burundi, governments around the world have openly broken fundamental, international laws that exist to protect the freedoms of people around the world, and give them justice.

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Conference on the founding of the Ilham Tohti Initiative

Ilham Tohti Initiative, 8 December 2016

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Ilham Tohti Initiative — Panelists will discuss the current situation of the Uyghurs in the Autonomous Region of Xinjiang (East Turkestan) and the possibility of a peaceful solution to the ethnic tensions on the basis of Ilham Tohti’s ideas.

Invited participants are regional and federal politicians as well as representatives of the European Parliament, various foreign representatives and human rights activists.

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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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UNPO Side-event to UN Minority Forum Highlights Plight of Forgotten Minorities in Humanitarian Crises

UNPO, 28 November 2016

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UNPOOn 25 November 2016, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), in cooperation with the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), convened a side-event to the 9th Session of the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues.

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Why the Pen is Mightier than the Sword: European Parliament Conference Draws Attention to Ilham Tohti’s Nomination for the Sakharov Prize

UNPO, 13 October 2016

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UNPO — On 10 October 2016, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in collaboration with the Ilham Tohti Initiative (ITI) and ChinaChange.org, held a conference entitled “Ilham Tohti and the Sakharov Prize: Courage in the Face of Brutality” at the European Parliament in Brussels. The event was hosted by Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP (ALDE), first signatory and supporter of Tohti’s nomination for the esteemed human rights prize.

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

Press Release – For immediate release
12 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 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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European Parliament Conference — Ilham Tohti and the Sakharov Prize: Courage in the Face of Brutality

UNPO, 4 October 2016

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UNPO — The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in collaboration with the Ilham Tohti Initiative (ITI) and ChinaChange.org, will convene a conference at the European Parliament entitled “Ilham Tohti and the Sakharov prize: Courage in the Face of Brutality”.

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