In Defense of Religious Freedom: The Uyghur Struggle For Human Rights

WUC-UNPO-ALDE, 13 September 2015

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WUC – In light of the progressively alarming human rights situation in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), World Uyghur Congress (WUC), in cooperation with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), and sponsored by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group (ALDE), is convening a two-day conference entitled “In Defense of Religious Freedom: The Uyghur Struggle for Human Rights’’. The conference will be hosted by Izaskun Bilbao Barandica MEP (ALDE) and will be held at the European Parliament in Brussels, room PHS 5B001, on the 22 October 2015 from 09:00 to 18:30 and on the 23 October 2015 from 09:00 to 12:30.

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Announcement of the Seminar Agenda

21 November 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.

Please click here to download the Agenda of the Seminar.

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Are Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities Just Pawns on the Geopolitical Chessboard?

UNPO, 13 June 2014

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Brussels The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization will convene a conference entitled ‘Are Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities Just Pawns on the Geopolitical Chessboard?’ at the Bavarian State Parliament in Munich, Germany on 27 June 2014 in collaboration with the World Uyghur Congress and the International Campaign for Tibet.

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International Conference: Is the Chinese Leadership Ready For Dialogue? Perspectives on the Uyghur Issue

UNPO, 6 December 2013

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UNPO — The office of Mr. Niccolò Rinaldi MEP (ALDE) and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) will be convening a conference in the European Parliament to discuss the current minority human rights situation in East Turkestan and how it relates to the recent incident in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

 

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European Parliament Conference: Is the Chinese Leadership Ready For Dialogue? Perspectives on the Uyghur Issue

UNPO, 28 November 2013

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Brussels – The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), in collaboration with Niccolò Rinaldi MEP and the World Uyghur Congress, convened a conference entitled ‘Is the Chinese Leadership Ready for Dialogue? Perspectives on the Uyghur Issue’ at the European Parliament, Brussels. The aim of the conference was to address important regional minority human rights and security challenges, and to create a platform for dialogue on the opportunities for ways forward. Also present to support the initiative were Csaba Sógor and Cristiana Muscardini MEP.

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International Conference – 50 Years After Test 596: China’s Nuclear Programme in East Turkestan and Its Impact Today

WUC, 29 February 2012

When an official delegation of MEPs will visit China in 2012, they will “insist on finding facts and new information about…East Turkestan and Tibet.”  This was the pledge made by László Tökés MEP during the conference, “50 Years After Test 596: China’s Nuclear Programme In East Turkestan And Its Impacts Today” where he emphasised “the moral dimension of this meeting – because on behalf of the united Europe it is a total immorality if it ignores the destiny of East Turkestan, of peoples…which have to suffer such an oppression as the Uyghurs have to suffer”.

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A testimony at the Human Rights Subcommittee of European Parliament by WUC Representative to the EU

WUC, 5 Dec 2011

Below a statement by WUC Representative to the EU, Mehmet Tohti, on 5 December 2011 during the Public Hearing on Human Rights in China and the role of the European Union following the last meeting of the EU China:

Dear Chairwoman

I would like to express my gratitude to Human Rights Subcommittee of European Parliament and to Ms. Barbara Rockbihler, chair of HR subcommittee, for providing us this opportunity to testify today.

I have testified before the House of Commons in Canada in 2006 with regards to Chinese dismal human RIGHTS RECORD and Sino-Canada Human Rights dialogue.  Since then world has tremendously changed, and still is changing. China is not exception, indeed. Unfortunately the changes have taken place in China with respect to Human Rights is moving to opposite direction, especially when Uyghurs Human Rights situation is the case. China is getting more repressive, more authoritarian and more aggressive than ever in cracking down peaceful activism of Uyghur dissidents in compare to situation in 1980-1990 by using all means, including violent military force to their own citizens.  In addition, China is now a leader of exporting authoritarianism and dictatorship to other countries around the world and posing great threat to world order and stability. Therefore we have to talk more about China and its treatment of other people.

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European Parliament: Parliamentary Question on Ershidin Israel

European Parliament, 14 June 2011

Question (E-005697/2011) for written answer to the Commission by Ramon Tremosa i Balcells MEP (ALDE):

Subject: Fears of imminent extradition of Uyghur refugee Ershidin Israel from Kazakhstan to China and need for the EU to act according to its values and objectives

Like many other Uyghurs who have been extradited to China in the recent past, where they were detained, imprisoned, sentenced, tortured, executed or disappeared upon their return, Ershidin Israel, 38, a Uyghur refugee currently in detention in a unknown location in Kazakhstan, is in imminent danger of being extradited to China after the Kazakh authorities rejected his asylum application. Mr Israel was taken on 30 May 2011 at 8.00 p.m. (local time) from the prison in Almaty, where he was detained, by one Kazakh prosecutor and two Chinese men, probably police, to an unknown location. Neither his family nor his lawyer were informed about his whereabouts and his legal status and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) believed that he was on the way to be extradited to China on 31 May 2011 at 9.00 p.m. (local time), on a flight from Almaty to Urumqi, the regional capital of East Turkestan.

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