Overview of the Maralbeshi Incident on 23 April 2013

Press Release — For immediate release
1 May 2013
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is extremely concerned by an incident that happened on 23 April 2013 at approximately noon, in which 21 people were killed and 19 arrested (11 immediately after, with a further 8 six days later) at Serikbuya in Maralbeshi (Bucha) County in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The report can be read in full here.

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Sacred Right Defiled: China’s Iron-Fisted Repression of Uyghur Religious Freedom

UHRP, 30 April 2013

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UHRP – A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) details the repression of religious freedom among Uyghurs in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). “State persecution of Uyghur religious practice in China has increased tremendously in recent years, and this report illustrates how Uyghurs’ fundamental right to freedom of religion is denied by Chinese authorities,” said UHRP Director Alim Seytoff. Based on interviews with Uyghur witnesses to repression of religious freedom in East Turkestan, government documents, and reports from media, human rights groups, and academic observers, Sacred Right Defiled is the first systematic documentation of the repression of Uyghur religion published by a human rights group since 2005, and focuses on recent developments since that time.

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UNPO Report Highlights Severe Marginalization Faced By Tibetans, Uyghurs And Mongols In China

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, 2 April 2013

UNPO — has submitted an Alternative Report to the UN Committee on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ahead of the Pre-Sessional Working Group Session on China in May 2013. The report underlines the severe marginalization of three ethnic minority communities – Tibetans in the Tibet Autonomous Region, Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and Mongols in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region – caused mainly by social and political discrimination and exclusion.

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Alternative Report For The Committee On Economic, Social And Cultural Rights

Press Release – For immediate release
1 March 2013
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

This alternative report has been submitted by the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) in view of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ upcoming 2nd review of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The WUC is an international, umbrella organisation that represents the collective interest of the Uyghur people both in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, elsewhere in the PRC, and abroad.

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Nuisance Value: Uyghur activism in Germany and Beijing–Berlin relations

Journal of Contemporary China, 1 March 2013

Journal of Contemporary China — While a small number of Uyghur communities had begun to settle in Germany already in the 1950s and 1960s, since the 1990s they have chosen Munich as their center of national and political activism in Europe and worldwide. By that time the Chinese had begun to apply pressure on the German government to restrict Uyghur activities and to monitor and intimidate them and their German supporters, also by using spies and collaborators. As a democratic country Germany rejected the Chinese demands, although refusing to admit former Uyghur Guantanamo inmates. Despite occasional tension, Sino–German relations have not been affected by the presence of Uyghurs, some of them labeled as ‘terrorists’ by Beijing. My conclusion is that the Uyghur ‘threat’ has been deliberately inflated by China as a tool in its relations with other governments and that economic relations and technology import are far too important to spoil by persecuting Uyghurs.

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Report to the UN Committee On The Rights of the Child (CRC)

Press Release – For immediate release
1 November 2012
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or
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In its Fortieth Session, the Committee on the Rights of the Child (hereafter, ‘the Committee’) noted in its Concluding Observations of the People’s Republic of China’s (hereafter, ‘PRC’) Second Periodic Review that the PRC had translated the Convention on the Rights of the Child (hereafter, the ‘Convention’) into the “main minority languages”. However, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) notes that it has not been able 1 to locate a translation of the Convention – as well as other vital human rights treaties and their respective observations – into the Uyghur language either on the national or the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) government websites.

The report can be read in full here.

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Increased Religious Repression In China Prior to and During Ramadan

 

Press Release — For immediate release
1 August 2012
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

Pastor Bob Fu at a House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing with the Congressional Executive Commission on China commented in a report that religious freedom had deteriorated to its lowest level since 1982 in the first 10 months of 2011. The U.S. State Department in a recent report on religious freedom in 2011 also stated that religious freedom had “[markedly deteriorated]” during the last year, describing the repression of Uyghurs as “severe”.

The report can be read in full here.

 

 

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New WUC Report on Post-5th July Disappeared Uyghurs Released Following Worldwide Protests

Press Release – For immediate release
6 July 2012
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or
contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has released today its latest report on the enforced disappearances of Uyghurs who took part in peaceful protests in Urumqi, East Turkestan, which were brutally suppressed by the Chinese authorities on 5 July 2009.

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