Worldwide Uyghur Protests on Second Anniversary of 5 July 2009

Press release – For immediate release
8 July 2011
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
Tel. 0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or e-mail contact@uyghurcongress.or

On 5 July 2009, Uyghurs in Urumqi, the capital of East Turkestan, 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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PEACEFUL UYGHUR DEMONSTRATION IN BRUSSELS: TIBETANS AND OTHERS SHOW THEIR SOLIDARITY

Dennis Barbion, 6th July 2011

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and worldwide Uyghur associations have organized peaceful demonstrations all over the globe on 5th July 2011, to commemorate what happened in Umrumqi, the capital of East Turkistan that is now a part of China, exactly two years ago.

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2nd Anniversary of the 5 July 2009 Events – Join the Protest Actions of the World Uyghur Congress!

Press release – For immediate release
30 June 2011
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
Tel. 0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or e-mail contact@uyghurcongress.or

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and its member organizations will stage protest actions around the globe on July 5, 2011 and in the days surrounding July 5th to commemorate the second anniversary of one of the saddest and most tragic days in the history of the Uyghur people and of East Turkestan and to ensure that the world does not forget about the devastating plight of the Uyghur people.

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2nd Anniversary of the 5 July 2009 Events: Two Years of Impunity – Join the Call for Action by the World Uyghur Congress

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On 5 July 2009, Uyghurs in Urumqi, the capital of East Turkestan, 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. Approaching the second anniversary of these events, and despite international calls, no independent investigation into the incident has been allowed by the Chinese authorities and the number of people killed, detained, imprisoned, executed and disappeared remains unclear.

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2nd Anniversary of the 5 July 2009 Events: Two Years of Impunity – Call for Action by the World Uyghur Congress

Press release – For immediate release
10 June 2011
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
Tel. 0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or e-mail contact@uyghurcongress.org

On July 5, 2011 and in the days surrounding July 5th, Uyghurs in exile and their supporters around the globe will stage demonstrations and other actions to commemorate the second anniversary of one of the saddest and most tragic days in the history of the Uyghur people and of East Turkestan and to ensure that the world does not forget about the devastating plight of the Uyghur people.

On July 5, 2009, Chinese security forces brutally suppressed a peaceful protest by Uyghurs in Urumqi, the regional capital of East Turkestan, and killed an untold number of protestors.  Ethnic unrest and violence followed, as well as one of the Chinese government’s fiercest and most repressive crackdowns on Uyghurs in history.

The human rights violations that the Chinese authorities have perpetrated against the Uyghurs in the aftermath of the July 2009 incidents have included but have not been limited to: mass and arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances of Uyghurs (including of minors); arbitrary sentencing of Uyghurs to death, life, and various jail terms after trials plagued with intense politicization and strangleholds on due process; arbitrary executions; and intensified repression of freedom of expression, including but not limited to the detention and sentencing of Uyghur webmasters, bloggers, and journalists.

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14 Years of Impunity: World Uyghur Congress and the East Turkestan Union in Europe Commemorate the Gulja Massacre and Organise Demonstration in Munich with Rebiya Kadeer

Press Release – For immediate release
01 February 2011
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

On 5 February 1997, a peaceful demonstration by fifteen to twenty thousand Uyghurs in the city of Gulja (in Chinese:  Yining), Ili prefecture in East Turkestan was brutally and lethally suppressed by Chinese security forces. At least 100 Uyghurs were killed and hundreds were injured. Approximately 4,000 Uyghurs were arrested during and in the aftermath of the demonstration. Many remain disappeared today and are probably either dead or in prison. According to Amnesty International, more than 200 Uyghurs were sentenced to death in unfair trials for their alleged involvement in the unrest and then executed. About 90 Uyghurs were sentenced to long prison terms.

The Chinese authorities tried by every means to cover up the true extent of the massacre. They deployed more than 40,000 security forces to cut off Gulja hermetically from the outside world in order to prevent leaks of information. Those who still dared to pass on information and were caught doing so had to expect long prison sentences. After the suppression of the demonstration, the Chinese government intensified its repression of the Uyghurs, as well as its persecution of the Uyghurs. The government subjected Uyghurs to especially intense religious persecution and repression.

To date, 14 years after the massacre, the security forces who killed so many Uyghur demonstrators on 5 February 1997 and the government officials who ordered them to do so still have not been held accountable. The Chinese government still refuses to allow an independent investigation of the events or to publish the actual number of victims.

On 05 February 2011, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the East Turkestan Union in Europe will stage a demonstration in Munich (see details below) to commemorate the victims of the Gulja massacre and to ensure that the world does not forget the horrific tragedies of that day. Rebiya Kadeer, President of the WUC and former political prisoner, will also take part in the demonstration.

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World Uyghur Congress and the East Turkestan Union in Europe to Stage Joint Demonstration in Munich on International Human Rights Day

For immediate release
08 December 2010
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress (www.uyghurcongress.org)
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 (Munich, Germany)

On the International Human Rights Day – 10 December 2010 – the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the East Turkestan Union in Europe will stage a demonstration from 14.30h to 16.30h at the Odeonsplatz in Munich, Germany. With this demonstration, both organisations aim to draw attention to the Chinese government’s systematic human rights violations against the Uyghur people in East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China).

For many years, the Chinese government has waged an intense and often brutal campaign against all forms of political, cultural and social activities of the Uyghur people in East Turkestan. Despite the peacefulness and nonviolence of these activities, the Uyghur population is not only systematically oppressed, but also forcibly assimilated both on a cultural and on an identity level. Thus, the Uyghur language is more and more replaced by Mandarin in education and in the labour market, and important Uyghur cultural treasures like the “Old City” of Kashgar, one of the most famous cities on the Silk Road, are selectively demolished and destroyed under the pretext of modernization. Routinely, the Chinese authorities equate Uyghur culture and its exercise with the so-called “three evils” (terrorism, separatism and religious extremism) to advance their persecution of the Uyghur people. The authorities have economically marginalized the Uyghur population in East Turkestan through intensive and blatant racial discrimination in employment.  The life of Uyghurs today in East Turkestan resembles an open-air prison, where discrimination penetrates into all possible areas of everyday life and where a normal life is virtually impossible.

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Uyghur Human Rights Activists to Stage Demonstration With Tibetan, Falun Gong, and Chinese Activists During Chinese President Hu Jintao’s Visit to France

For immediate release
November 3, 2010
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress
www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 (Munich, Germany)

On November 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm, during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Paris, the France Uyghur Community, a member organization of the World Uyghur Congress, will join Tibetan, Falun Gong, and Chinese human rights activists in Paris in protesting the Chinese government’s egregious and relentless human rights violations.  Activists will peacefully march from the Parvis des Droits de l’Homme au Trocadéro à Paris to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Paris. The march is being organized by l’Association de “la Communauté Tibétaine de France et ses Amis.” See http://www.tibetan.fr/?Paris-Une-manifestation-nationale.

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) respectfully urges French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other officials in the French government to convey France’s concern to President Hu over the Chinese government’s persecution and repression of Uyghurs and other peoples.  WUC is based in Germany and is an umbrella organization of Uyghur human rights groups worldwide.

“President Hu’s visit to France is a good opportunity for President Sarkozy and the French government to demonstrate their commitment to human rights and human dignity and express France’s concern to President Hu over the Chinese government’s brutal and repressive treatment of the Uyghur people and other peoples,” said WUC President, former prisoner of conscience, and multiple-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rebiya Kadeer.

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