WUC Submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

WUC, 1 June 2009

Submitted to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by the World Uyghur Congress for consideration in the 75th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) 3 August – 28 August 2009.

This submission provides evidence to assist in the Committee’s responsibility to monitor the progress of State parties towards the full and complete implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). ICERD describes the measures that State parties need to undertake to combat racial discrimination.

The World Uyghur Congress wishes to bring to the Committee’s attention egregious violations of the rights accorded under the ICERD that are perpetrated daily in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Taken separately, the violations may be explained away or dismissed as isolated cases or misunderstandings. However, taken as a whole the violations indicate behaviors that are not in the spirit of the ICERD, but completely at odds with the stated aim of protecting racial minorities.

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WUC Activities Report (October 2006-March 2009)

WUC, 21 May 2009

WUC´s Activity Report compiles the works accomplished by the WUC  between October 2006 and March 2009.

The report can be downloaded here.

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WUC – UNPO Report: Uyghur Leadership Training Seminar 2009 (Washington DC, US)

World Uyghur Congress, 20 May 2009

WUC — This report is the result of the “Uyghur Leadership Training Seminar” held from 18 – 19 May 2009 in Washington DC, US. The seminar was jointly organised by the WUC and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), and funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

The report can be downloaded here.

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Ethno-Diplomacy: The Uyghur Hitch in Sino-Turkish Relations

The East-West Center, 1 January 2009

2009 The Uyghur Hitch in Sino-Turkish Relations

By Yitzhak Shichor — Beginning in 1949, China responded to so-called Uyghur separatism and the quest for Eastern Turkestan (Xinjiang) independence as a domestic problem. Since the mid-1990s, however, when it became aware of the international aspects of this problem, Beijing has begun to pressure Turkey to limit its support for Uyghur activism. Aimed not only at cultural preservation but also at Eastern Turkestan independence, Uyghur activism remained unnoticed until the 1990s, despite the establishment in 1971 of Sino-Turkish diplomatic relations. It has gathered momentum as a result of China’s post-Mao opening, the Soviet disintegration, increased Uyghur migration, the growing Western concern for human rights, and the widespread use of the Internet. Until the mid-1990s Turkey’s leaders managed to defy Chinese pressure because they sympathized with the Uyghurs, were personally committed to their leader Isa Yusuf Alptekin, and hoped to restore Turkish influence in Central Asia.

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WUC-UNPO Report for the Consideration of the Committee against Torture (CAT)

World Uyghur Congress, 3 November 2008

WUC — The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) has prepared this report in collaboration with the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) for the consideration by the Committee Against Torture (CAT) on the eve of their session on the fourth periodical report submitted to it by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in line with the provisions as laid down in the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (hereafter “the Convention”).

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A “Life or Death Struggle” In East Turkestan; Uyghurs Face Unprecedented Persecution In Post-Olympic Period

Press Release — For immediate release
4 December 2008
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

A new report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) examines sweeping security measures being targeted at Uyghurs in East Turkestan (also known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, or XUAR) following a series of violent attacks that took place prior to and during the Beijing Olympics.” While Uyghurs had experienced widespread repressive measures in the months and years leading up to the Olympics, the arrests, detentions and military and security presence being implemented following these attacks, and in the wake of the Olympic Games, indicate an unprecedented level of repression in the region. While Chinese government authorities claim the security measures are aimed at punishing individuals involved in a series of violent attacks in East Turkestan, the scope of the clampdown represents a broad, far-reaching campaign of intimidation and fear aimed at the Uyghur community.

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WUC – UAA Submission for the 4th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Press Release — For immediate release
1 September 2008
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

In this submission, the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur American Association (UAA) provide information under the general guidelines for the preparation of information.The report was submitted for the 4th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) when China was one of the countries under review.

The report was compiled and completed in Hawaii upon a visit of Rebiya Kadeer to the University of Hawaii during the conclusion of the Olympics in Beijing. The report is submitted on 1 September 2008.

The report can be downloaded here.

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WUC – UNPO Report: Uyghur Leadership Training Seminar 2008 (Berlin, Germany)

World Uyghur Congress, 24 April 2008

This report is the result of the “Uyghur Leadership Training Seminar” held from 21 – 23 April 2008 in Berlin, Germany. The seminar was jointly organised by the WUC and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), and funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

In addition to promoting the Uyghur cause during the event itself, the core objective was to enable present and future Uyghur leaders to become themselves more effective international proponents of their rights.

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