Human Rights Council holds General Debate on Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms

UN Human Rights Council, 9 June 2010

Concludes General Debate on Human Rights Situations that
Require the Council’s Attention

The Human Rights Council today held a general debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms. The Council also concluded its general debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention.

In the general debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms, speakers emphasised the necessity and importance of the independence of the Special Procedure mandate holders, which allowed them to exercise their competences with a professional and impartial assessment of fact. This independence contributed to the credibility of the Council’s work, and it should be respected in all cases, including where States may disagree with the findings and recommendations issued. Other speakers believed that special mechanisms must abide by their mandates and code of conduct and that when expressing their views, they must be factual and independent. Speakers also said that it was imperative that Member States prevent the intimidation of and reprisals against people who cooperated with the United Nations and its mechanisms. Speakers thanked the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on the progress report of the best practices on the issue of missing persons and said the report made it clear that missing persons were different from forced or involuntary disappearances. The report touched upon the humanitarian and human rights dimension of this problem and rightly pointed out that the problem of missing persons impacted not only the victims but their families too.

Speaking in the general debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms were Spain on behalf of the European Union, China, France, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Armenia. The following non-governmental organizations also took the floor: World Organization against Torture, Permanent Assembly for Human Rights and Amnesty International.

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For immediate release
March 19, 2010, 11:30 am EST
Contact: Uyghur American Association                                                                                             
 +1 (202) 349 1496   or    +1 (347) 285-6546  

 The Uyghur American Association (UAA) extends its deepest gratitude to the UN mandate holders, States, and NGOs that have raised aspects of the Uyghurs’ plight during the 13th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is in progress in Geneva, Switzerland for most of the month of March 2010. The United States’ statement regarding the Uyghurs during the general debate on Item 4

Firstly, UAA thanks the United States for calling attention to human rights violations being committed by the Chinese government against the Uyghur people in its statement during the general debate on Item 4 of the Agenda of the 13th session of the Human Rights Council – “Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention” – on March 15, 2010. Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. Ambassador to the Human Rights Council, delivered the United States’ statement at the general debate on Item 4 on March 15th. The United States said:

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CERD Fears Alteration of Demographics in ‘Minority Areas’ of China

UNPO, 1 September 2009

The seventy-fifth session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) while expressing concern on the future demographic composition in minority areas due to the continuing influx of Chinese settlers has recommended to the Chinese authorities that “any policies or incentives offered that may result in a substantial alteration of the demographic composition of autonomous minority areas be reviewed.”

The Committee made the above assertion after reviewing China’s compliance on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) on 7 and 10 August 2009 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.  China ratified the Convention on 29 December 1981 with its last report reviewed by the Committee in August 2001.

In the document called “Concluding Observations” on China adopted by CERD on 25 August 2009, the Committee noted “with concern reports according to which the system of incentives granted to work and settle in the autonomous minority regions may result in substantive changes in the demographic composition that impact negatively on local traditions and cultures in these regions.”

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WUC Submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

WUC, 1 June 2009

Submitted to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by the World Uyghur Congress for consideration in the 75th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) 3 August – 28 August 2009.

This submission provides evidence to assist in the Committee’s responsibility to monitor the progress of State parties towards the full and complete implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). ICERD describes the measures that State parties need to undertake to combat racial discrimination.

The World Uyghur Congress wishes to bring to the Committee’s attention egregious violations of the rights accorded under the ICERD that are perpetrated daily in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Taken separately, the violations may be explained away or dismissed as isolated cases or misunderstandings. However, taken as a whole the violations indicate behaviors that are not in the spirit of the ICERD, but completely at odds with the stated aim of protecting racial minorities.

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HRC: The Status of Human Rights in East Turkestan

Friday, 13 March 2009 

UNPO East Turkestan Representative, Mr. Isa, spoke at an HRC event to outline human rights abuses in China.

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WUC-UNPO Report for the Consideration of the Committee against Torture (CAT)

World Uyghur Congress, 3 November 2008

WUC — The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) has prepared this report in collaboration with the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) for the consideration by the Committee Against Torture (CAT) on the eve of their session on the fourth periodical report submitted to it by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in line with the provisions as laid down in the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (hereafter “the Convention”).

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WUC – UAA Submission for the 4th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Press Release — For immediate release
1 September 2008
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

In this submission, the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur American Association (UAA) provide information under the general guidelines for the preparation of information.The report was submitted for the 4th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) when China was one of the countries under review.

The report was compiled and completed in Hawaii upon a visit of Rebiya Kadeer to the University of Hawaii during the conclusion of the Olympics in Beijing. The report is submitted on 1 September 2008.

The report can be downloaded here.

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Anticipating the new UN Human Rights Council

For immediate release
April 12, 2006, 12:00 EDT

Contact in Munich, Germany: World Uyghur Congress +49 89 54321999

Contact In Washington, DC: Uyghur American Association +1 202 349 1496

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