Weekly Brief June 23rd

World Uyghur Congress, 23 June 2017

WUC Raises Uyghur Issue at 35th UN Human Rights Council

The World Uyghur Congress sent two representatives to attend the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland from June 12-14th. The session allowed the WUC to continue its advocacy effort in the lead up to China’s UPR review next year.

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Society For Threatened Peoples UN Human Rights Council Statement Re: Uyghurs

Society for Threatened Peoples, 13 March 2017

Thank you Mr. President,

I am speaking on behalf of the Society for Threatened Peoples to bring the Council’s attention to the worsening situation facing the Uyghur population from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

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Uyghur Human Rights Activist Expelled from UNPFII

UNPO, 10 May 2017

UNPO — On 26 April 2017, Uyghur human rights activist and member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) Dolkun Isa, who was participating in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), was forced to leave the UN premises.

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Uyghur Human Rights Activist Expelled from UNPFII

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, 8 May 2017

UNPO — On 26 April 2017, Uyghur human rights activist and member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) Dolkun Isa, who was participating in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), was forced to leave the UN premises. A coalition of organisations including Human Rights Watch, Minority Rights Group, the UNPO and the Nonviolent Radical Party have joined to publish a press release asking for a full account of the causes of this incident and for the right of indigenous peoples to express themselves to be respected.

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Society for Threatened Peoples Human Rights Council statement re: Uyghurs

Society for Threatened Peoples, 13 March 2017

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Thank you Mr. President,

I am speaking on behalf of the Society for Threatened Peoples to bring the Council’s attention to the worsening situation facing the Uyghur Muslim population from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

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NGOs urge governments to speak out on ongoing crackdown, torture allegations

International Service for Human Rights, 16 February 2017

150714120624-china-lawyers-composite-exlarge-169_2ISHR — In a concerted effort since the early months of the Xi Jinping administration, the Chinese Government has suppressed civil society activity, criminalised human rights defenders and ignored its international human rights obligations.

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World Uyghur Congress Confronts Obstacles at UN Forum on Minority Issues

Press Release – For immediate release
1 December 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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From November 24-25, the World Uyghur Congress attended the 9th UN Forum on Minority Issues in order to advocate for the Uyghur population in East Turkestan. Despite not standing as a minority in the region of East Turkestan, the WUC finds the Forum useful in engaging with different stakeholders including civil society and state representatives to the UN in Geneva. The Uyghur population stood around 83 percent in 1945, but has since been seriously diluted and now stands at an estimated 46 percent today.

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UNPO Side-event to UN Minority Forum Highlights Plight of Forgotten Minorities in Humanitarian Crises

UNPO, 28 November 2016

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UNPOOn 25 November 2016, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), in cooperation with the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), convened a side-event to the 9th Session of the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues.

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