Human Rights Violations against Uyghur People Discussed at 17th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva

World Uyghur Congress, 17 June 2011

From 30 May to 17 June, the 17th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) took place in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) would like to thank the country delegations, the UN mandate Holders / Special Procedures, and the non-governmental organizations in consultative status to the UN that raised and discussed the Uyghurs´ plight at the HRC session, as well as the stakeholders that raised general human rights abuses in China.

Opening Session

In her opening statement to the 17th session, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, expressed her concerns about “increased restrictions on freedom of expression” in China.

Statements made under Item 2 (Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and report of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General)

During the general debate on item 2, the Society for Threatened Peoples denounced the enforced disappearances of Chinese, Mongolians, Tibetans and Uyghurs when they exercise their right to freedom of expression and opinion”.

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Nonviolent Radical Party Discusses Uyghurs´ Plight at the 17th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Press release – for immediate release
17 June 2011
Marco Perduca  marco.perduca@senato.it, Tel:(+39) 06 689791
Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty www.radicalparty.org

In 15 June 2011, Jana Brandt, on behalf of the Nonviolent Radical Party (NRP), delivered a statement on item 4 (“Human rights situations that require the attention of the Council”) at the 17th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), Geneva. In the statement, the NRP drew the Council´s attention to the upcoming 2nd anniversary of the 5 July 2009 events in Urumqi, East Turkestan, China.

Video of the intervention:


 

On 5 July 2009, Uyghurs in Urumqi staged a peaceful protest which was brutally suppressed by Chinese security forces and subsequently led to ethnic unrest in the city that left hundreds of people dead.

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Society for Threatened Peoples Raises Uyghur Issue at UN Human Rights Council

On 6 June 2011, WUC Project Coordinator Jana Brandt delivered a statement on behalf of the Society for Threatened Peoples (www.gfbv.org) during the general debate on item 3 at the 17th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, speaking about the ongoing violation of Uyghur´s freedom of expression as well as the recent extradition of the Uyghur refugee Ershidin Israel from Kazakhstan to China .

Video of the intervention:


 

Following the full statement:

“The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) welcomes the report (A/HRC/17/27 and A/HRC/17/27/Add.1) of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. Frank La Rue, in which he recognizes the criminalization of legitimate expression through the imprisonment of bloggers around the world. He highlights the situation in China with at least 72 imprisoned blogger at the end of 2010 and one of the world´s most sophisticated and extensive systems for controlling information on the Internet.

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17th UN Human Rights Council: Joint NRPTT and WUC Written Statement on 5 July 2009 Events

WUC, 20 May 2011

The Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT), in collaboration with the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), submitted a written statement entitled “Second anniversary of the 5 July 2009 events in Urumqi, regional capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), People’s Republic of China: Two years of impunity” (A/HRC/17/NGO/13) to the 17th 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 expressed its deep concerns that nearly two years after the tragic 5 July 2009 events of Urumqi, the regional capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), China, no independent investigation into the events had been allowed by the Chinese authorities and that the crackdown on Uyghur culture, identity, freedom of expression, and religion, as well as the economic discrimination of the Uyghurs continue.

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Human Rights Violations Against Uyghur People Discussed During the 16th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

For immediate release
28 March 2011
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The 16th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC, 28 February – 25 March 2011) concluded on Friday, 25 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) conveys its deepest gratitude to the country and intergovernmental delegations, the UN mandate Holders / Special Procedures, and the non-governmental organisations in consultative status to the UN that raised and discussed the Uyghurs´plight at the HRC session, as well as the stakeholders that raised general human rights violations in China.

High-Level Segment (HLS) statements

Sweden said in its HLS statement that it was worried about the use of death penalty in some countries and that it was especially concerned about China, since “the highest number of executions is believed to be carried out in China” and that it “regret that the Chinese authorities are not publishing information in this regard.”

Statements made on item 3 (“Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development”)

On 11 March 2011, 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) the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP, www.gfbv.org) delivered an oral statement on the arbitrary detention of Uyghur human rights defenders and activists, the torture of political prisoners like Alim Abdurehim, the son of well-known Uyghur human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer, the denial of medical care for ethnic Uyghur Mehmet Eli Rozi currently in detention in China, as well as the systematic economic discrimination Uyghurs are facing today in East Turkestan. The full statement is available here.

The press release of the United Nations on the general debate on item 3 can be found here.

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UNPO Delegation Makes Impact At UN Forum

UNPO, 22 December 2010

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UNPO — Two UNPO staff members led a delegation of over 20 representatives of 11 minority groups to participate in the Forum, which took place over the course of three days at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Represented groups included Assyria, the Ahwazi Arabs, Balochistan, the Degar Montagnards, East Turkestan, the Khmer Krom, the Iranian Kurds, the Mon, the Ogaden, the Oromo, and West Balochistan.

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Oral Statement by the World Uyghur Congress for Agenda Item IX (“Concrete steps to advance and build capacity of minorities to participate effectively in economic life”) of the 2010 UN Forum on Minority Issues

WUC, 16 December 2010

Delivered by Kathy Polias, UN Liaison of the WUC, on 15 December 2010 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland:

Thank you, Madame Chair and Madame Independent Expert.  The Introduction of the “Draft Recommendations of minorities and effective participation in economic life” noted that there are “many cases of misguided efforts to increase the economic participation of minorities, including the pursuit of forced migration or displacement, and resettlement of dominant groups to ‘develop’ minority regions.”  The World Uyghur Congress wishes to highlight some of the problems of these particular types of initiatives and why governments should abandon them as strategies to increase the economic participation of minorities.

With regard to government programs that resettle dominant groups to minority regions, the bottom line is that members of the minority group often end up being left out of the development that occurs and the settlers from the dominant group become the almost exclusive beneficiaries of that development.

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The World Uyghur Congress Participates in the 2010 UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva, Switzerland

WUC, 16 December 2010

Dolkun Isa, Secretary-General for the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), and Kathy Polias, WUC’s United Nations Liaison, represented the organization at the 2010 Forum on Minority Issues from December 14-15, 2010 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.  The WUC participated as part of the delegation organized by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), of which the WUC is a member.

The website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights states that the aims of the Forum on Minority Issues are to provide a platform for advancing dialogue and cooperation on issues relevant to ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities and to provide thematic contributions and expertise to enhance the work of the UN Independent Expert on minority issues.  The Forum is geared toward identifying and evaluating best practices, challenges, opportunities, and initiatives for the further implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious, and Linguistic Minorities.  See the UN Forum on Minority Issues’ website at:  www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/minority/forum.htm.

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