Leadership Seminar outlines new avenues for Uyghur human rights activists

UNPO, 6 May 2007

The Hague/Brussels, 6 – 10 May 2007:  The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) gathered more than 50 present and future leaders of the Uyghur community for a series of workshops and seminars to introduce  participants to the workings of key international bodies and effective nonviolent campaigning.

This week present and future leaders of the Uyghur community gathered in The Hague to take part in an intensive programme of lectures, discussions, workshops, educational visits, meetings at the European Parliament and plenary sessions, to prepare concerted efforts to raise international awareness of the reality of life within China’s borders as an ethnic and religious minority.

As China’s economic weight increasingly encourages the international community to accept promises of “democratisation” and “human rights protection”, and with China preparing to present itself to the world during the 2008 Olympic Games, minority communities are working to remind the world that the People’s Republic of China remains a state in which the death penalty is applied more frequently than anywhere else, in which freedom of religion, speech, and assembly are substantially curtailed, and in which ethnic and religious minorities, exemplified by the Uyghurs, continue to suffer the systematic violation of social, political, and human rights.

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Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

Providing Uyghur Leaders with the Means to Protect & Promote their Human Rights

7 – 10 May 2007

The Hague, the Netherlands

– Press Release –

Institutional reform is often central to plans to ensure the international community does more to protect and promote human rights across the world. True engagement with those in most need of international assistance requires however also attention to the obstacles that prevent grass-roots activists from accessing these institutions – obstacles as basic as a lack of information about these international bodies and the complex means in which they work and interact.

From 7 – 10 May 2007, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) will gather present and future leaders of the Uyghur community for a series of workshops and seminars in The Hague, the Netherlands, where participants will be introduced to the workings of international bodies through the officials and practitioners who know them best. More than 50 Uyghur leaders and political activists from around the world will attend the event.

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Democracy & Human Rights: Uyghur Leadership Seminar in The Hague

UNPO, 3 May 2007

UNPO together with the World Uyghur Congress is organizing a seminar series in which Uyghur participants will be trained and educated in issues such as human rights, democracy, non-violent methodology and international law. The seminar for present and future Uyghur leaders starts in The Hague on Sunday 06 May 2007 with a cultural event, held in collaboration with local NGOs.

The Uyghurs are indigenous inhabitants of East Turkestan in China and are victims of ongoing repression, including culturally destructive assimilation policies and substantial restrictions on their basic freedoms. The goal of the event is to provide present and future Uyghur leaders with tools and knowledge to effectively participate in international institutions which can promote their cause and find effective ways to protect and promote their human rights.

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