Uyghurs’ Plight Discussed at 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Press Release – For immediate release
28 March 2012
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) concluded on 23 March 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States (presently including the People’s Republic of China) responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. The Council meets three times a year in Geneva, and the 19th session ran from 27 February until 23 March 2012. The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) conveys its deepest gratitude to all stakeholders that raised and discussed the violation of Uyghur human rights.

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Nonviolent Radical Party Addresses Discrimination of the Uyghur People at 19th UN Human Rights Council

WUC, 13 March 2012

On 13 March 2012, WUC Project Coordinator Jana Brandt, on behalf of the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational Transparty (NRPTT) delivered an oral statement on human rights violations against the Uyghurs people during the general debate on item 4 (“Human rights situations that require the Council´s attention”) at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

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Society for Threatened Peoples Denounces Arbitrary Detentions and Enforced Disappearances of Uyghurs at 19th UN Human Rights Council

WUC, 9 March 2012

On 9 March 2012, WUC Project Coordinator Jana Brandt, on behalf of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) delivered an oral statement on human rights violations against the Uyghurs during the general debate on item 3 (“Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development”) at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

In its statement, the STP welcomed the most recent report of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), as well as the latest report of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), which both included references to human rights abuses in China.

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19th UN Human Rights Council: Joint NRPTT, WUC, and UNPO Written Statement on Nuclear Testing in East Turkestan

WUC, 5 March 2012

The Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT), in collaboration with the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), submitted a written statement entitled “Violation of Uyghurs’ right to health: Nuclear testing in Xinjiang” (A/HRC/19/NGO/57) to the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council under item 4 (“Human Rights situations that require the attention of the Council”).

More than three decades of nuclear testing at Lop Nor testing site in East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, XUAR), People‟s Republic of China (PRC), are gravely affecting the right to health of predominantly Uyghur communities in the region.

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WUC Highlights Failures of China´s Implementation of UPR Recommendations

WUC, 13 February 2012

The WUC participated in the evaluation of China´s implementation of recommendations accepted during the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodical Review (UPR) process. According to WUC’s assessment, China has so far not implemented any of the recommendations.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process established by the United Nations Human Rights Council wherein states, UN agencies, and civil society can come together and comment on a wide range of human rights issues and provide recommendations to the ‘State under Review’ (SuR).

The SuR then has the option to accept or reject recommendations, but accepting means that the SuR must seriously consider and work to implement said recommendations.

The first UPR cycle, during which every UN member state underwent review, took place between 2008 and 2012. China’s UPR took place on 9 February 2009. The WUC and the Uyghur American Association (UAA) submitted a joint report to China’s UPR. A summary of stakeholders’ information submitted during China’s review is available here.

The second UPR cycle is now underway, and will represent the first opportunity to formally follow-up on the recommendations accepted by States during the first cycle. China will be again under review during the 17th session, to take place in 2013.

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Uyghur Women and Human Rights: A speech by Rebiya Kadeer during the 4th session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues

Speech delivered by WUC president Rebiya Kadeer during the 4th session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues at the Human Rights Council, Geneva, 29-30 November 2011:

Thank you Madame Chair.

It is truly my honor to participate and speak in this Forum. Uyghur women in East Turkestan, a region that the Chinese government renamed as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, are facing a number of challenges that undermine their individual and collective human rights.

In the wake of the July 2009 massacre of peaceful Uyghur protesters in the regional capital of Urumchi, a group of Uyghur women gathered on the streets of Urumchi on July 7, 2009 to ask Chinese security forces what had happened to their husbands, fathers and brothers, who had been arrested en masse in indiscriminate security sweeps of Uyghur neighborhoods. Without the actions of these women, the international community may not have known about the mass detentions and forcible disappearances that were taking place in the city, since the Chinese government had used intimidation, detention and even beatings in an attempt to manage the actions of foreign reporters who had come to Urumchi. Many of those women simply disappeared after the July 7 protest.

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Human Rights Violations against Uyghur People Discussed at 18th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Press Release – For immediate release
30 September 2011
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The 18th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC, 12-30 September 2011) concluded today in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) conveys its deepest gratitude to all stakeholders that raised and discussed the Uyghurs´ plight at the HRC session.

Statements made on item 2: Annual report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the UN Secretary-General

On 12 September, the Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples (MRAP) expressed its preoccupation on a new Strike Hard Campaign implemented in East Turkestan: “Egalement très préoccupant est le sort du peuple Uyghur, de religion musulmane, dans la région du Xinjian. L’annonce des autorités de la République populaire de Chine d’une nouvelle campagne dénommée « frapper fort » censée s’attaquer à des éléments terroristes fait craindre une nouvelle vague d’arrestations, disparitions forcées et exactions diverses tendant à marginaliser la population Uyghur sur ses propres terres. Nous apprécierions que vous portiez votre attention sur cette question.”

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18th UN Human Rights Council: Joint NRPTT and WUC Written Statement on Human Rights Violations in East Turkestan

WUC, 12 September 2011

The Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT), in collaboration with the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), submitted a written statement entitled “New wave of human rights violations against the Uyghur people” (A/HRC/18/NGO/74) to the 18th session of the UN Human Rights Council under item 4 (“Human Rights situations that require the attention of the Council”).

In the statement, the NRPTT expresses its conerns over theincidents in Hotan and Kashgar in July 2011, as well as on a new “Strike Hard” campaign implemented by the Chinese authorities in East Turkestan in August 2011.

The NRPTT also dennounces the  extraditions of at least 18 Uyghur refugees
from countries surrounding China in 2011.

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