UNPO – WUC Report: Repression in China- Roots and Repercussions of the Urumqi Unrest

WUC/UNPO, 13 November 2009

On 13 November 2009, the UNPO and the WUC published a report entitled “Repression in China: Roots and Repercussions of the Urumqi Unrest”.

The report outlines the events that took place in Shaoguan and Urumqi this summer in which hundreds of people were killed. It also issues a series of recommendations for future action to assuage the resentment and mistrust that has been allowed to develop in East Turkestan over the past five decades as a result of policies pursued by the Chinese government.

The report can be downloaded here.

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Kazakhstan/ Kyrgyzstan: Exploitation of migrant workers, protection denied to asylum seekers and refugees

International Federation for Human Rights, 30 October 2009

International Federation for Human Rights — The report sets out the findings of an investigative mission conducted by FIDH in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in June 2009, which documented the situation of migrant workers, asylum seekers and refugees in both countries. The mission took place within the framework of FIDH’s actions aimed at the promotion and protection of migrants’ rights in the region.

As Kazakhstan prepares to take the Chair of the OSCE in January 2010, FIDH highlights the reforms urgently required to ensure that migrant workers and refugees receive the protection to which they are entitled under international law.

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“We Are Afraid to Even Look for Them”: Enforced Disappearances in the Wake of Xinjiang’s Protests

Human Rights Watch, 20 October 2016

Human Rights Watch — This 44-page report documents the enforced disappearances of 43 Uighur men and teenage boys who were detained by Chinese security forces in the wake of the protests.

You can read the report here.

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Uyghurs As Indigenous People; A New UHRP Report Highlights Chinese Government Violations of Uyghurs’ Indigenous Rights

Press Release — For immediate release
5 October 2009
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

Sixty years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), more than six decades have passed since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, the unrest that has taken place in East Turkestan since July 5, 2009, stands as a grim reminder that Uyghurs in East Turkestan continue to experience human rights abuses in nearly every aspect of their lives. Sixty years of Communist rule have left Uyghurs a voiceless, powerless population in their traditional homeland, despite official guarantees regarding the implementation of autonomy. A new report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) details the PRC’s violations of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in the case of the Uyghur people.

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Separate and Unequal: The Status of Development in East Turkestan

Press Release — For immediate release
28 September 2009
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

October 1, 2009 will mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and officials from Beijing to East Turkestan are pulling out all the stops to ensure that no discord mars the scripted celebrations that will take place. The year 2009 in East Turkestan marks one of the most turbulent periods in the region in modern history, with unrest, state brutality and ethnic violence exposing deep social rifts and grossly flawed government policies. More than 130,000 troops have been specially deployed to East Turkestan from other regions of China in a bid to restore order and crack down on the Uyghur population, following an untold number of deaths and injuries that began on July 5, 2009.

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Save Kashgar‘s Old Town!

Society for Threatened Peoples, 1 May 2010

Society for Threatened Peoples — The Old Town of the city of Kashgar, which is over 2000 years old, in the north-west of China is threatened with destruction. In the coming five years about 200,000 people are to be re-housed in so-called  earthquake-proof apartment buildings. The project, which began on 27th February 2009, involves the destruction of 85 percent of the basic fabric, which is centuries old. Kashgar has the reputation of being the most important Islamic town in central Asia in terms of cultural history. Only 15 percent of the old houses are to be retained in the framework of an open-air museum to present to the 1.5 million tourists from home and abroad the old Islamic culture.

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Xinjiang Authorities Block, Punish Free Expression

Congressional Executive Commission on China, 02 July 2009

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CECC — Authorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) continued in 2009 to engage in censorship campaigns and punish people for peaceful expression and assembly. Authorities outside the XUAR also participated in the censorship of a Web site devoted to Uyghur issues. The measures continue a longstanding trend in blocking and punishing free expression in the XUAR, especially among the Uyghur ethnic group. The continued controls also come amid a year of heightened government repression in the region.

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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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