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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UNPO And MRG Host Conference At The United Nations Forum On Minority Issues

UNPO, 14 December 2010

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UNPO — The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization joined forces with Minority Rights Group International Tuesday to bring attention to widespread violations of minority rights through natural resource development projects.

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Nonviolent Radical Party Delivers Intervention Regarding Linguistic Discrimination at the Eighth Session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action in Geneva, Switzerland

For Immediate Release
October 18, 2010
For more information, contact:
Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty (Rome, Italy)
Tel. No.: (+39) 06.689791, Fax No.: (+39) 06.68805396,
www.radicalparty.org

On Monday, October 18, 2010, the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty, an NGO in consultative status to the United Nations, orally delivered an intervention concerning linguistic discrimination as a form of structural discrimination during the Eighth Session of the UN Human Rights Council’s Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland.

Nine years have passed since the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action was adopted by the international community following the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa in 2001.

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Statement of Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty for Item 8 of the Eighth Session of the UN Human Rights Council’s Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

Nonviolent Radical Party, 18 October 2010

I am speaking on behalf of the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty.  The Nonviolent Radical Party would like to thank you, Mr. President, and the panelists for their presentations.  The Nonviolent Radical Party is deeply concerned that nine years after the Durban Conference, a significant number of States continue to engage in the following form of structural discrimination – the denial of minorities and indigenous peoples of the right to maintain and use their own languages.  The promotion and protection of this right was a key element of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.  This right is enshrined in several UN treaties and declarations, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, which specifically asserts, “States should take appropriate measures so that, wherever possible, persons belonging to minorities may have adequate opportunities to learn their mother tongue or to have instruction in their mother tongue.”

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Ms. Kathy Polias Speaks On Floor of UN Human Rights Council on Behalf of the Society for Threatened Peoples About The Chinese Authorities’ Use of Security Campaigns and the Global War on Terrorism to Repress and Persecute Uyghurs

WUC, 19 September 2010

On September 16, 2010, Kathy Polias spoke on behalf of the Society for Threatened Peoples on the floor of the 15th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.  She spoke about the Chinese government’s treatment of the Uyghur people as an example of governments’ use of security campaigns and the global war on terrorism to repress, persecute, and dilute the cultural identities of minorities in their countries.  Ms. Polias delivered the statement under Item 3 of the Human Rights Council agenda –“Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development.”  Her statement was interrupted three times by China’s delegation to the UN Human Rights Council on points of order.  China’s delegation claimed that the statement did not fall within the confines of Item 3.  The United States and United Kingdom delegations defended the Society for Threatened Peoples’ right to speak.  The UK delegation noted that the Society for Threatened Peoples properly contextualized its statement within Agenda Item 3.  The President of the Human Rights Council permitted Ms. Polias to conclude the statement.

The UN Human Rights Council has regular sessions three times per year in Geneva, Switzerland.  The current session runs from September 13th to October 1st, 2010.

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THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT’S HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST UYGHUR PEOPLE SUBSTANTIALLY DISCUSSED DURING THE 14TH SESSION OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL IN GENEVA

For immediate release
June 24, 2010
Contact: World Uyghur Congress (
www.uyghurcongress.org)
+1 (347) 285-6546 (United States) or  0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 (Munich, Germany)

The 14th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) (May 31 –June 18, 2010) concluded on Friday, June 18th in Geneva, Switzerland.  The World Uyghur Congress (www.uyghurcongress.org), the International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation (www.iuhrdf.org), and the Uyghur American Association (www.uyghuramerican.org) convey their deepest gratitude to the country and intergovernmental delegations, the United Nations 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.  

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Statement of Society for Threatened Peoples on Item 4 (“Human right situations that require the Council’s attention”) of the 14th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

9 June 2010

Thank you Mr. President.  The Society for Threatened Peoples is deeply troubled by the persecutory measures that have been exacted by the Chinese authorities against the Uyghur people in connection with the July 2009  protest and ethnic unrest in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of the PRC.  On July 5, 2009, Uyghurs in Urumqi, the regional capital, staged a peaceful protest and that protest was brutally suppressed by Chinese security forces.  In fact, eyewitness accounts provided to human rights organizations and media  indicated that security forces committed extrajudicial killings of protesters.

Since the July 2009 protest and the ethnic unrest that followed, the authorities have arrested thousands of people, many of them during mass detentions, including mass roundups of young Uyghur men.  An untold number of Uyghurs, including teenaged boys, have been subjected to enforced disappearances.  Human Rights Watch has made many inquiries to the Chinese authorities about the many Uyghur disappearance cases it has documented and the authorities have failed and refused to provide any information on these cases.    

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