World Uyghur Congress and Young Turks USA to Stage Demonstration in Front of China’s Permanent Mission to the UN to Defend Uyghurs’ Human Rights and Commemorate One-Year Anniversary of Urumchi Tragedy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York,

July 7, 2010

Contact:
(1) Kathy Polias, World Uyghur Congress, (347) 285-6546, kathypolias@gmail.com.
(2) Tulga Tekman, Young Turks USA, (203) 331-5415, tulgatekman@yahoo.com; AND/OR
(3) Cenk Coktosun, Young Turks USA, (718) 864-8157, youngturks_usa@yahoo.com.

The World Uyghur Congress (www.uyghurcongress.org) and the Young Turks Cultural Aid Society, Inc. (also known as Young Turks USA) will stage a demonstration directly across the street from China’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, 350 E. 35th Street, New York, NY this Thursday, July 8, 2010 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  The demonstration will be to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the tragic events in Urumchi, the regional capital of East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China), and protest the Chinese government’s horrific persecution of the Uyghur people.  On July 5, 2009, Chinese security forces brutally suppressed a peaceful protest by Uyghurs in Urumchi and killed many protestors according to eyewitnesses.  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 minors; arbitrary sentencing of Uyghurs to death and other severe sentences after trials plagued with politicization and strangleholds on due process; and arbitrary executions.

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Press notes on demonstration in Munich, Germany

WUC, 06 July 2010

YYesterday a solemn vigil and a peaceful demonstration were held in the center of Munich in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the tragic events of 5 July 2009 in Urumqi, the capital of East Turkestan, when Chinese security forces brutally suppressed a peaceful protest by Uyghurs in Urumqi and killed an untold number of protestors.

The unrest began with a peaceful demonstration of Uyghurs in the city who were protesting against a lack of government action in regard to a deadly attack on Uyghur factory workers in Shaoguan, Guangdong Province in the south of China. Only due to the violent intervention of the Chinese security forces the protests escalated. The riots on 5 July 2009 and in subsequent days, in which at least 197 people were killed, must be attributed to the continued denial of human rights for Uyghurs in East Turkestan. Since the protests in July 2009, Chinese authorities arrested thousands of people and a vast number of Uyghurs, including teenage boys, were forcibly disappeared. Eyewitnesses reported to media and international human rights organizations like Amnesty International that the Chinese security forces committed extrajudicial killings of demonstrators. In addition, persons who are accused of having participated in the protests were subjected to unfair trials. So far, 33 Uyghur have been sentenced to death and six of them have been already executed. Following these terrible events, Chinese authorities imposed the most violent and repressive information crackdown on Uyghurs in history. East Turkestan was cut off hermetically from the outside world about ten months.

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ACTION CALL BY THE WORLD UYGHUR CONGRESS (WUC): JOIN IN THE COMMEMORATION (PRESS CONFERENCE) IN PARIS OF THE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE EVENTS OF 5 JULY 2009 IN URUMQI

Communique de Presse (In French)

Press Release (in English)

Flyer (in French)

For immediate release

June 30, 2010
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress

0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 (Munich, Germany),

Due to the upcoming first anniversary of the events of 5 July 2009 in Urumqi, the regional capital of East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China), when peaceful demonstrations of Uyghur people against government inaction on the killing of at least two Uyghur migrant workers by Han Chinese workers in a toy factory in Guangdong province, were brutally suppressed by Chinese security forces, killing an untold number of Uyghurs, different events are organised by the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and its affiliates organisations on 4 and 5 July 2010 in about 20 cities around the world.

The actions in Paris will take place on Sunday, 4 July 2010:

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Uyghur Exiles and their Supporters Worldwide to Commemorate the One-Year Anniversary of Urumchi Tragedy

For immediate release
June 29, 2010
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress (
www.uyghurcongress.org)
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 (Munich, Germany), +1 (202) 535 0048 (Washington, DC, USA)

On July 5, 2010 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 one-year anniversary of one of the saddest and most horrific days in the history of the Uyghur people and of East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China) 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 Urumchi, the regional capital of East Turkestan, and killed many protestors according to eyewitnesses.  Ethnic unrest and violence followed, as well as one of the Chinese government’s fiercest and most repressive crackdowns on Uyghurs in history.

The World Uyghur Congress (www.uyghurcongress.org), which promotes the human rights of the Uyghur people on behalf of the Uyghur exile community worldwide, is spearheading the global commemoration of July 5th.  WUC and its affiliate Uyghur human rights organizations are organizing actions in 17 countries, including but not limited to the United States, Japan, Turkey, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.  The actions will include demonstrations in front of Chinese foreign missions, marches, and conferences and teach-ins on the July 5th events and the aftermath.  For a list of actions worldwide, see

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Request for information related to July 5 unrest and subsequent detentions

The Uyghur Human Rights Project is collecting first- and second-hand accounts from Uyghurs in the diaspora regarding human rights abuses that took place on and after July 5, 2009, related to the July 5 unrest in Urumchi. If you or someone you know personally have information regarding repression or abuses related to July 5, including arbitrary detentions of family members or friends, please contact UHRP so that we can document this information and include it in an upcoming report. If you are willing, we may ask you to come in for a research interview, or, if that is not possible, conduct an interview by telephone.

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Uyghurs demonstrate in Brussels in front of the Chinese Embassy

5 February 2010

Uyghurs held a demonstration in front of the Chinese Embassy in Brussels to commemorate the anniversary of their revolt of 5th February 1997 and the Ghulja massacres by the Chinese authorities.


Demonstrators held banners demanding:

“FREEDOM FOR THE UYGHURS”and “STOP THE EXECUTIONS OF UYGHURS”

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Demonstration in Munich in commemoration of the 13 anniversary of the Ghulja massacre

Published on 3 February 2010

The East Turkestan Union in Europe (ETUE) will hold a rally in response to the call of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the Ghulja massacre and to condemn the ongoing brutal Chinese crackdown against the Uyghur people in East Turkestan. The protest will be held on February 5, 2010 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm in front of the Chinese General Consulate in at Romanstr. 107. 80639 Munich.

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Demonstration at 16:40 (10 Dec 2009) on Odeonsplatz in Munich

10 December 2009 is the 61st Anniversary of the International Human Rights day

The Uyghur community in Munich is mobilizing to denounce the daily violation of the fundamental rights of the minorities, by the People’s Republic of China.

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