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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Uyghur – Tibetan Protests Against China Draws Huge Crowd in Geneva

The Times Headline, 27 September 2016

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By Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui — A large-scale demonstration involving members of the Uyghur and Tibetan communities in Europe was held in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday, 16th September 2016. This was the first large-scale demonstration including a substantial Uyghur delegation since China’s Universal Periodic Review in 2013. The 5-hour march involved about 2000 people from Palais Wilson to the Broken Chair Monument across from the Palais des Nations.

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Uyghurs, Tibetans stage protest against human rights violations in China (Video)

ANI News, 16 September 2016

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Uyghurs with Tibet activists to protest at UN on 16 Sept against China’s rising human rights violations

NewsBharati,  13 September 2016 

G24_02_45_19_uyghurs_and_tibetans_copy_hight_525_width_700eneva Challenging to various forms of daily harassment and suppression of the ethnic Uyghur people and worsening the condition of the violation of religious freedom in Tibet region, the World Uyghur Congress along with the International Campaign for Tibet will be holding a demonstration march in Geneva, Switzerland. The demonstrations will begin at 11 am on September 16 from Palais Wilson to the Broken Chair Monument across from the Palais des Nations.

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WUC Joint Demonstration — UN: Stop China’s Violations of Freedom of Religion in Tibet & East Turkestan

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

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The World Uyghur Congress along with the International Campaign for Tibet will be holding a demonstration march in Geneva, Switzerland, from Palais Wilson to the Broken Chair Monument across from the Palais des Nations beginning at 11:00 on September 16th.

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The World Uyghur Congress and Uyghur Human Rights Project Issue Alternative Report to the Committee Against Torture

Press Release – For immediate release
2 November 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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WUC & UHRP  Ahead of China’s review of its 5th Periodic Report to the Committee Against Torture, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) have jointly submitted an alternative report for consideration by the Committee that aims to provide additional and alternative information  regarding the continued use of torture, particularly against Uyghur detainees in East Turkestan.

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Announcement: UN Training Seminar for Uyghur Youth to be Held in Geneva, Switzerland

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Press Release – For immediate release
14 October 2014
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) in association with Geneva for Human Rights has organized a two-day intensive workshop in Geneva, Switzerland (November 24-25) for members of the Uyghur diaspora to strengthen understanding of the UN system and to build the capacity of Uyghur youth leaders to educate local stakeholders on issues relating to human rights and democracy promotion.

The course (United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms: Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities for Uyghur People) will look to provide a comprehensive overview of the UN human rights system and its specific mechanisms while ensuring that the participants are equipped with the skills necessary to work as human rights defenders in the field. More specifically, the training will look to enhance the participants’ understanding of the Human Rights Council generally, along with other mechanisms such as UN Special Procedures, treaty bodies, minority and indigenous peoples’ rights, the Minority Forum as well as strategy on making effective use of UN mechanisms. Such theoretical knowledge of the UN system is invaluable, however, practical experience will also be gained through the opportunity to attend the UN Forum on Minority Issues on November 26.

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