PRESS RELEASE: WUC CALLS ON CHINESE AUTHORITIES TO HALT RESTRICTIONS ON ETHNIC KAZAKHS IN EAST TURKESTAN

Press Release – For immediate release
11 August  2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress calls on the Chinese government to halt its increasing restrictions on ethnic Kazakhs and other ethnic minorities native to the region and to uphold international standards in terms of fair treatment and protection for vulnerable groups. The Chinese government has begun to impose unjust restrictions on ethnic Kazakhs living in East Turkestan in particular that continue to resemble those on the Uyghur population there.

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Muslim Ethnic Minority Students ‘Incommunicado’ After Repatriation to China

Radio Free Asia, 7 August 2017

By Qiao Long – Seven ethnic minority Kazakhs who hold Chinese passports are in hiding in Turkey after their political asylum applications were rejected by Kazakhstan, with two others now incommunicado after being repatriated to China from Egypt, sources told RFA on Monday.

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USCIRF Condemns Egypt’s Deportation of Uighur Muslims to China

USCIRF, 3 August 2017

USCIRF – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly condemns the irresponsible and hostile actions taken against Uighurs Muslims in Egypt. The government of Egypt continues a campaign of rounding up and deporting these individuals back to China, a country with a record of harsh repression of the Uighur community. Egypt began this campaign of arrests and deportations in early July and they continue today.

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A Stark Choice for Cairo’s Chinese Muslims

The Diplomat, 1 August 2017

By François Napoleon – Sitting on cheap plastic chairs in front of a Chinese restaurant on a narrow street in Cairo’s Abbassia district, Ma Songhui seems to have lost his appetite – and for good reason.

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Egypt: Further Information: More Uighur Students At Risk Of Forcible Return

Amnesty International, 1 August 2017

Amnesty International – Another 10 Uighur students were forcibly returned by the Egyptian authorities back to China, bringing the total to 22 in July, while approximately 200 more remain at risk of being forcibly returned to the country. They would be at real risk of serious human rights violations if forcibly returned to China.

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Detained Uyghur Students Held by Egypt’s Intelligence Service

Radio Free Asia, 19 July 2017

By Jilil Kashgary — Ethnic Uyghur students detained in Egypt for deportation to China are being held by the country’s national intelligence service, according to an activist, as a human rights group said the agency’s involvement is a clear indication that Beijing had ordered the roundup.

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Thailand Facing Dilemma Over Fate of Ethnic Uighurs

Voice of America, 14 July 2014

By Ron Corben — Thailand is facing a renewed dilemma over the fate of more than 60 ethnic Uighur asylum seekers amid reports of pressure by China for the group’s return.

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Weekly Brief July 14th

World Uyghur Congress, 14 July 2017

Round Up of Uyghur Students in Egypt Continues

Despite condemnation from human rights groups and Uyghur exiles across the world, Egypt’s sweeping crackdown on Uyghur students continued this week as even more Uyghurs were rounded up and detained. According to Radio Free Asia, at least 200 Uyghurs, many of them religious students at Al-Azhar religious university, have been detained by Egyptian authorities.

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