Announcement: UN Training Seminar for Uyghur Youth to be Held in Geneva, Switzerland

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Press Release – For immediate release
14 October 2014
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

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.

The course (United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms: Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities for Uyghur People) will look to provide a comprehensive overview of the UN human rights system and its specific mechanisms while ensuring that the participants are equipped with the skills necessary to work as human rights defenders in the field. More specifically, the training will look to enhance the participants’ understanding of the Human Rights Council generally, along with other mechanisms such as UN Special Procedures, treaty bodies, minority and indigenous peoples’ rights, the Minority Forum as well as strategy on making effective use of UN mechanisms. Such theoretical knowledge of the UN system is invaluable, however, practical experience will also be gained through the opportunity to attend the UN Forum on Minority Issues on November 26.

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Announcement: 4th WUC General Assembly and 6th Leadership Training Seminar to be held in Tokyo, Japan

Press Release – For immediate release
8 March 2012
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is pleased to announce that in May 2012, WUC´s 4th General Assembly (14 – 17 May), as well as the 6th Leadership training Seminar (18 – 20 May) will be held in Tokyo, Japan. The WUC expects around 100 Uyghur delegates from around the world to attend both events. Leaders of different Japanese political parties, Members of Parliament, and government officials as well as the representatives of international human rights organizations will be invited to the Opening Ceremony.

The Opening Ceremony will take place on 14 May at the Japanese Parliament and is open to the public.

During the 4th WUC General Assembly, the new WUC leadership will be elected by the delegates and the WUC activity and financial reports will be discussed. Delegates will further develop the working strategy to raise the Uyghur legitimate cause for freedom and democracy in the international fora.

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Uyghur Women’s Seminar Opens in Estonia

Press Release – For immediate release
24 September 2011
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

Two Members of Parliament and an Estonian Member of the European Parliament today welcomed 50-some Uyghur women who traveled from 10 countries to participate in a seminar and training workshop on women’s participation in promoting human rights and democracy.

MP Juku-Kalle Raid highlighted the parallels between Estonians’ historical experience under Soviet occupation and the current challenges facing the Uyghurs in preserving and freely developing their identity and cultural heritage.

MP Andres Herkel recalled the first time that the situation of the Uyghurs was raised in Estonia, 11 years ago, when the Estonian National Library provided meeting space — in the same room as today’s conference — for the founding of the World Uyghur Youth Congress, which later merged with another organization to form the World Uyghur Congress.  He commended the organizer of the seminar, the International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation (IUHRDF), for recognizing the vital importance of women’s participation in defending human rights.

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IV International Uyghur Women’s Seminar, Tallinn / Estonia

From 24-26 September 2011, the IV International Uyghur Women’s Seminar, entitled “The Importance of Uyghur Women’s Participation in Promoting Human Rights and Democracy”, will take place in Tallinn, Estonia.

The seminar is co-organized by Mr. Juku-Kalle Raid, Member of the Estonian Parliament, the International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation (IUHRDF, and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO, and will be sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED,

 Kadeer, President of 
IUHRDF and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and multiple Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

The venue of the Opening Ceremony, which is open to the public, is:

24 September 2011 at 12h (time tbc)
Estonian National Library
Main Conference Hall
Tõnismägi 2
Tallinn 15189

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WUC Announcement: International Conference “The Future of Uyghur People in East Turkestan” – UPDATE

Press Release – For immediate release
15 April 2011
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

From May 2-8, 2011 the international conference The Future of Uyghur People in East Turkestan co-sponsored by Freedom House, World Uyghur Congress (WUC), Uyghur American Association (UAA) and the International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation (IUHRDF), will take place in Washington, D.C.

The World Uyghur Congress is pleased to announce that the opening ceremony of the conference will be held at:

U.S. Capitol Building (room location to be announced)

The opening ceremony will commence on May 2, 2011 at 10.00h with a speech by WUC President and longstanding Uyghur human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer, and will include a number of distinguished speakers.

Scheduled guest speakers are:

Hon. Frank R. Wolf (U.S. Congressman)
Hon. Jim McGovern (U.S. Congressman)
Hon. James Moran (U.S. Congressman)
Carl Gershman (President, National Endowment for Democracy),
Louisa Coan Greve (Vice President, National Endowment for Democracy),
Randall Shriver (Former Assistant Secretary of State)
T. Kumar (Advocacy Director for Asia and the Pacific, Amnesty International USA)
Dr. Gunawardena-Vaughn (Director of the International Religious Freedom Consortium and the Southeast Asia Program, Freedom House)
Dr. Sophie Richardson (Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch, Asia Division, tbc)

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Trade unions and their role in creating a democractic space for the Uyghur people in China

The Australian Workers Union, 21 March 2011

Speech by Paul Howes, National Secretary of the Australian Workers´ Union, to the Uyghur Leadership Training Workshop at NSW Parliament House sponsored by the World Uyghur Congress.

Thank you for inviting me to speak at your conference.

As a trade union leader you will not be surprised that my short talk today will concentrate on the importance of trade unions:

  • in helping to create a democratic space;
  • helping to build and independent civil society, and
  • to train people to have the confidence in speaking up for themselves and their communities.

One of the most important measures of democracy in any society is the right given to workers to form independent unions.

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The Uyghur Leadership Training Workshop 5: “The Uyghur Issue in the Context of China’s Democratization Process”

Press Release – For immediate release
16 February 2011
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

The World Uyghur Congress with the co-operation of the Australian Uyghur Association, the East Turkestan Australian Association and the Victoria Uyghur Association will hold a democracy-training workshop entitled “The Uyghur Issue in the Context of China’s Democratisation Process” in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne, Australia from March 21 to 28, 2011.  The workshop is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy Foundation (NED).

Prominent Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer, thrice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, will be attending the workshop.

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The Grand Meeting of Friendship and Solidarity of Uyghur Youth To Take Place in Munich in October, 2010

WUC, 4 October 2010

The Youth Committee of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) would like to announce the convening of the The Grand Meeting of Friendship and Solidarity of Uyghur Youth (GMFSUY) from 22-24 October, 2010 in Munich, Germany.

The GMFSUY aims to be a global platform for strengthen friendship and a solidarity among the Uyghur youth community around the world and consolidating their campaigns for freedom, human rights and democracy for the Uyghur people. Organized by the WUC Youth Committee, the GMFSUY will be attended by nearly 50 representatives of Uyghur youth community from several countries and it will form an effective network and a functioned mechanism of cooperation among Uyghur youth community. This is a new milestone in building a new generation of young Uyghur community in the Uyghur Diaspora and we are intending to give young Uyghur human rights and democracy advocates a broader view about the current and future accepts of our campaigns.

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