Weekly Brief December 1st

World Uyghur Congress, 1 December 2017

WUC Participates in 10th UN Forum on Minority Issues

Representatives from the World Uyghur Congress travelled to Geneva last week to participate in the 10th session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues. The central topic of this year’s Forum was ‘Minority Youth: towards inclusive and diverse societies’ and discussion were organised into 4 thematic panels focusing on the importance of  education in ‘minority’ communities, youth public participation, strategies for using the digital space and empowering ‘minority’ youth as agents of change for peace and stability.

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Weekly Brief November 24th

World Uyghur Congress, 24 November 2017

WUC Expresses Concern Over Uyghurs Who Recently Escaped from Thai Immigration Detention Facility

The World Uyghur Congress issued a press release expressing its deep concerned over the treatment of Uyghurs who had recently escaped their immigration detention facility in southern Thailand. Consistent rhetoric from China has framed all Uyghurs escaping the country as criminals who should be immediately returned, renewing fears that Thailand may submit to such pressure, as in the past.

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Thai Police Search for 20 Uyghurs Who Broke Out of Detention Facility

Radio Free Asia, 20 November 2017

By Benar News – Thai authorities are looking for 20 Uyghurs who escaped from an immigration detention center near the Malaysian border before dawn on Monday by digging two holes and using blankets as ladders to escape, officials said.

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How China is targeting its Uyghur ethnic minority abroad

The Globe and Mail, 30 October 2017

By Nathan VanderKlippe — In a broad campaign to increase pressure on Uyghurs overseas, including those in Canada, Chinese authorities are using coercive measures on family members, recruiting people to spy and sending threats to get many from the ethnic minority group to return to China, 

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‘My Worst Fear is That he Has Been Taken Back to China’

Radio Free Asia, 3 October 2017

By Gulchera Hoja Bumeryem Muhammed’s husband, Muhetar Rouzi, has been missing since July 16, when he attempted to travel from Egypt to Istanbul, Turkey as Egyptian secret police rounded up some 200 Uyghur holders of Chinese passports in an operation activists say was requested by Beijing.

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Xinjiang Authorities Jail Six Uyghur Students on Return From Turkey

Radio Free Asia, 27 September 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have jailed at least six Uyghurs who traveled to Turkey for educational purposes, according to a relative of the region’s former Communist Party chairman, despite a probe that found the students had not committed any crimes.

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