Weekly Brief – June 22nd

World Uyghur Congress, 22 June 2018

WUC Calls on the International Community to Protect Uyghur Refugees on World Refugee Day

On June 20th, the WUC issued a press release highlighting the plight of Uyghur refugees and calling on the international community to protect them, marking World Refugee Day.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Calls on International Community to Protect Uyghur Refugees on World Refugee Day

Press Release – For immediate release
20 June 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

In recent years, tens of thousands of Uyghurs have fled persecution by the Chinese government in East Turkistan as refugees and asylum seekers. After an often difficult and dangerous journey, many Uyghurs have been granted refuge in countries across the world, where they are active and contributing members of society.

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Weekly Brief April 13th

World Uyghur Congress, 13 April 2018

WUC Issues Call for Information on Disappearances and Detentions in ‘Re-education’ Camps

This week, the WUC issued an open call for information from the Uyghur community about disappearances or arbitrary detentions of Uyghurs in ‘re-education’ camps in East Turkestan.

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Weekly Brief March 30th

World Uyghur Congress, 30 March 2018

Religious Persecution of Uyghurs Increases as Xi Jinping Consolidates Power

Multiple media outlets reported this past week about the increasing and targeted religious persecution of Uyghurs in East Turkestan under Chinese President Xi Jinping. Forbes contributor Olivia Enos wrote a piece on how the religious persecution of Uyghurs and Christians in particular had increased under the rule of Xi Jinping, especially in the last year as he consolidated his absolute authority. Citing a Freedom House report, the article points to 4 general trends of religious persecution under Xi Jinping: “First, the CCP is expanding control over religious leaders and places of worship. Second, authorities are engaging in “thought reform” and “reeducation.” Third, penalties for disobeying religious restrictions are becoming harsher, sometimes even deadly. And fourth, Chinese authorities are resorting to “economic punishment, commodification, and exploitation.”

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Dolkun Isa: Beijing also persecutes the Uyghurs abroad

Asia News, 21 March 2018

By Asia News – Dolkun Isa, president of the Uyghur World Congress, which is based in Munich (Germany), is a Uyghur leader living in exile. His people, who are predominantly Muslim, live in Xinjiang, a province on the border of China with Central Asia.

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US Urges Malaysia Protect Uighurs Facing Deportation

The New York Times, 15 February 2018

Associated Press – The United States on Thursday urged Malaysia to provide temporary protection to 11 Uighur Muslims reportedly held there, warning they could face torture or persecution if forcibly returned to China.

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Weekly Brief February 16th

World Uyghur Congress, 16 February 2018

Association of Malaysian Lawyers Calls for Uyghur Refugees Not to Be Extradited to China

The Malaysian Bar (an association of Malaysian lawyers) issued a press release this week calling on the Malaysian Government not to deport the 11 Uyghur refugees to China and to respect & uphold the rules and customs of international law and Malaysian law.

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The Malaysian Government Must Uphold Provisions of International and Domestic Law

The Malaysian Bar, 15 February 2018

By George Varughese – The Malaysian Bar calls upon the Malaysian Government to adhere to principles of international law, specifically the customary international law of non-refoulement, and refrain from sending 11 Uighurs reportedly in Malaysian custody back to China.

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