Conference on Kashgar City Closes with Pledge for Urgency Resolution: MEPs Promise to Place Kashgar Firmly on the European Parliament’s Agenda

The City of Kashgar: An Oasis of the Silk Road on the Brink of Extinction

Originally published by UNPO on 28 January 2011

Brussels, 28 January 2011 – Members of the European Parliament have joined together to support an urgency resolution on the desperate situation of Kashgar after hearing testimony from Rebiya Kadeer, President of the World Uyghur Congress and Nobel Peace Prize nominee.  The pledge comes after a conference convened by Frieda Brepoels MEP saw Kinga Gál MEP, Nicole Kiil-Nielsen MEP, Edward McMillan-Scott MEP, Niccolò Rinaldi MEP, Helga Trüpel MEP express support for the Kashgar campaign.

From left to right: Marino Busdachin (UNPO General Secretary), Helga Trüpel MEP, Frieda Brepoels MEP, Rebiya Kadeer (WUC), Mehmet Tohti (WUC)

Attendees learned of the importance and prospects for Kashgar from Haiyun Ma (Laogai Research Foundation), Mehmet Tohti (World Uyghur Congress), and Henryk Szadziewski (Uyghur Human Rights Project) before Ulrich Delius (Society for Threatened Peoples), Vincent Metten (International Campaign for Tibet) and Suzanne van Haeverbeeck (former World Heritage Expert) discussed both the cost of inaction and the opportunities still remaining to protect Kashgar.

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European Parliament: Parliamentary Question on the Demolition of Kashgar

European Parliament, 26 January 2011

Question (E-000352/2011) for written answer to the Commission by Nessa Childers (S&D) and Frieda Brepoels (Verts/ALE):

Subject: China’s policies as regards the city of Kashgar

During the EU‑China Summit in October 2010, Commission President José Barroso announced that 2012 would be the EU‑China Year of Intercultural Dialogue. On the same occasion Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner responsible for education and culture, stated that ‘Europe and China share common goals. … Our cultural richness uplifts and unites us [the EU and China]. In a globalised world, our cultural diversity is an asset not an obstacle. It makes our lives richer and helps us grow and live in harmony with one another.’

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CONFERENCE: The City of Kashgar – An Oasis of the Silk Road on the Brink of Extinction

THE CITY OF KASHGAR – AN OASIS OF THE SILK ROAD ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION

9.00 – 12.30h
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Room PHS 5B001, Paul-Henri Spaak Building, European Parliament
60 Rue Wiertz, Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, 17 January 2011 – Two years into Beijing’s ‘Kashgar Dangerous House Reform’, and the Old City of Kashgar in East Turkestan, or China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), faces near total destruction. There is a pressing need to assess the damage incurred, implications for the region’s Uyghur population, and to identify ways in which damage can be mitigated.

To address this urgent need, Ms Frieda Brepoels MEP will convene a conference, ‘Kashgar: An Oasis of the Silk Road on the Brink of Extinction’ at the European Parliament in Brussels from 9.00–12.30 on 27 January 2011 in collaboration with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Belgian Uyghur Association.

After opening remarks by Rebiya Kadeer, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and President of the World Uyghur Congress, international experts including Henryk Szadziewski, Manager of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, Washington, and Ulrich Delius, German Society for Threatened Peoples, will provide a rare glimpse into one of the defining cultures of Central Asia and an internationally significant Silk Road city that has witnessed Tamerlane, Genghis Khan and Marco Polo but is excluded from applications for UNESCO World Heritage status due to political reasons.

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European Parliament: Parliamentary questions on Extradition of 20 Uyghur Refugees from Cambodia to China

European Parliament, 18 January 2011

Question (E-011256/2010) for written answer to the Commission by Ramon Tremosa i Balcells MEP (ALDE):

Subject: The European Union must urge Beijing to disclose the whereabouts of the 20 Uyghurs deported from Cambodia to China — Application of Article 1 of the cooperation agreement

In patent breach of international procedures, on 19 December last year the Cambodian Government transferred 20 Uyghurs before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) could make a decision about their refugee status.

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WUC – UNPO Conference Report: Uyghurs Call for Dialogue with China

World Uyghur Congress, 15 November 2010

WUC — The conference “Uyghurs Call for Dialogue with China – Implementation of the Chinese Constitution to Safeguard and Protect the Rights of the Uyghur people” was held on 29 and 30 April 2010 in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

The conference was sponsored by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Group of the European Parliament and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and was organised in collaboration with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC).

The conference concluded with a concerted call from Uyghurs for a meaningful dialogue to begin with Beijing over resolving the situation in East Turkestan and ensuring that provisions for the protection of minority rights in the Chinese constitution are observed.

The conference report can be read here.

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China-Uyghur Dialogue Conference

05 May 2010


DECLARATION MAKES FORMAL CALL FOR DIALOGUE WITH BEIJING

Uyghurs publicly express their desire and readiness for dialogue with China to promote application of the Chinese constitution and international law in East Turkestan

The conference “Uyghurs Call for Dialogue with China – Implementation of the Chinese Constitution to Safeguard and Protect the Rights of the Uyghur people” has concluded on Friday 30 April 2010 with a concerted call from Uyghurs for a meaningful dialogue to begin with Beijing over resolving the situation in East Turkestan and ensuring that provisions for the protection of minority rights in the Chinese constitution are observed.

Niccolò Rinaldi MEP, co-sponsor of the conference with Ivo Vajgl MEP, opened the conference on 29 April 2010 with the warning that “if we stop campaigning, the risk is not just that the [Uyghur] cause will become less known, but the real danger is that it will disappear.” Mr. Rinaldi subsequently pledged his support for a Uyghur-China dialogue, stating that with such an initiative, “the Uyghur people can count on the support of the ALDE Group.”

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: “Uyghurs Call for Dialogue with China – Implementation of the Chinese Constitution to Safeguard and Protect the Rights of the Uyghur people”

European Parliament 29 – 30 April 2010

Mr. Niccolò Rinaldi MEP is convening a two-day conference entitled ‘Dialogue with China – Implementation of the Chinese Constitution to Safeguard and Protect the Rights of the Uyghur People’ at the European Parliament in Brussels on 29-30 April 2010 in collaboration with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC).

The conference will be opened by Ms. Rebiya Kadeer, President of the WUC, before international experts, MEPs, and researchers enter into a comprehensive presentation and discussion of human rights and minority protection, Chinese constitutional rights and Uyghur – Chinese relations.

A conference report will be made publicly available at the close of the event, which will contain transcripts of the panellists’ contributions.

A detailed programme of the conference will be available soon.

Registration required.

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European Parliament resolution on China: minority rights and application of the death penalty

European Parliament, 26 November 2009

The European Parliament,

–    having regard to its resolutions of 1 February 2007  and 27 September 2007  in favour of a universal moratorium on the death penalty,

–    having regard to Resolutions 62/149  and 63/168  on the moratorium on the use of the death penalty, adopted by the UN General Assembly on 18 December 2007 and 18 December 2008 respectively,

–    having regard to the declarations by the Presidency of the Union of, respectively, 29 October 2009 regarding the executions of two Tibetans, Mr Lobsang Gyaltsen and Mr Loyak, and 12 November 2009 regarding the executions of nine persons of Uighur ethnicity following the riots of 5-7 July in Urumqi in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR),

–    having regard to Articles 35, 36 and 37 of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China, which provide, respectively, that all citizens shall enjoy freedom of expression and freedom of religious belief, and deem the freedom of the person to be ‘inviolable’,

–    having regard to its previous resolutions on China and, in particular, to its resolution of 13 December 2007 on the EU-China Summit and the EU-China human rights dialogue,

–    having regard to the EU-China seminar of 18-19 November 2009 and the 20 November 2009 round of the EU-China human rights dialogue,

–    having regard to the round of the EU-China human rights dialogue held in Prague on 14 May 2009,

–    having regard to the forthcoming EU-China Summit to be held on 30 November 2009 in Nanjing,

–    having regard to Rule 122(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

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