WUC Releases Updated Report Documenting Two Decades of Uyghur Forced Returns to China

Press Release – For immediate release
28 June 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

One year has passed since the we released our report, Seeking a Place to Breathe Freely: Current Challenges Faced by Uyghur Refugees & Asylum Seekers, that looked to present a detailed account of both the conditions on the ground in East Turkestan over the last few years as well as to document the perilous journeys made by Uyghurs who chose to flee China amid repression. In this updated report, we have notably added an Appendix detailing every case of Uyghur deportation to China from abroad since 1997.

The initial report was based on extensive first-hand research working directly with Uyghur refugees and asylum seekers who fled to Turkey from East Turkestan, but because the situation is fluid, the report looks to provide additional and up-to-date details on current cases and to stand as a unique resource.

Here we have documented the return of 317 Uyghurs to China since 1997 from 15 different countries including Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Germany and Sweden.

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World Uyghur Congress Annual Human Rights Report 2017

Press Release — For immediate release
17 May 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress is releasing its annual report on the human rights situation in East Turkestan covering events of 2016. The report presents a detailed review of China’s actions in East Turkestan vis-à-vis the Uyghur population there and provides in-depth analysis of the most critical issues facing Uyghurs there.

The year 2016 saw no relief in terms of the continued harassment of Uyghurs living in East Turkestan (officially the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China). The Chinese Communist Party (CPC) extended its outright assault by effectively criminalising even the most basic aspects of Uyghur life, and in doing so, violating human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed under international law.

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World Uyghur Congress Releases New Report on the Use of Forced Labour in East Turkestan

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10 November 2016
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress has released a new report, Forced Labour in East Turkestan: State-Sanctioned Hashar System, detailing the continued use of forced labour among with Uyghur population in East Turkestan. China has been imposing forced labour on the Uyghur community primarily in the region’s southern prefectures, despite China officially abolishing the similar practice of “re-education through labour” back in November 2013.

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World Uyghur Congress Releases New Report on Uyghur Refugees & Asylum Seekers

World Uyghur Congress, 2 June 2016

Refugees Report Cover Photo June 2016

Following extensive first hand research working directly with Uyghur refugees and asylum seekers who fled to Turkey from East Turkestan, the WUC has published a comprehensive report detailing current conditions in the region as well as the narratives of those whose escape lasted many months. The report, Seeking a Place to Breathe Freely: Current Challenges Faced by Uyghur Refugees & Asylum Seekers, offers a unique, first-hand glimpse into conditions seldom reported and scarcely heard by the international community until now.

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World Uyghur Congress 2016 Report on Human Rights Violations in East Turkestan

World Uyghur Congress, 17 May 2015

The year 2015 continued the downward spiral in human rights protections for the Uyghur community living in East Turkestan (officially the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China) and abroad. Despite continued efforts from rights groups around the world working to bring to light issues that remain purposely obscured and largely overlooked by the international community, many of the rights that Uyghurs once held – one year ago, five years ago or ten years ago – are gradually being eroded. The report can be downloaded in full here.

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The World Uyghur Congress and Uyghur Human Rights Project Issue Alternative Report to the Committee Against Torture

Press Release – For immediate release
2 November 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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WUC & UHRP  Ahead of China’s review of its 5th Periodic Report to the Committee Against Torture, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) have jointly submitted an alternative report for consideration by the Committee that aims to provide additional and alternative information  regarding the continued use of torture, particularly against Uyghur detainees in East Turkestan.

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WUC 2014 Report on Human Rights Violations in East Turkestan

Press Release – For immediate release
19 February 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress has just published its annual report on human rights violations in East Turkestan (Xinjiang), China, and can be read or downloaded here. The report focuses on the most significant concerns that faced the Uyghur people in 2014, who continue to live under increasingly repressive state policies. As 2014 has been a year of particular concern for human rights among Uyghurs, we have provided a detailed overview of abuses as well as some practical avenues for progress to reduce the heavy burden that has fallen on the Uyghur people.

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‘Movement for Uyghur Mother Language Based Education’ Report Highlights Detrimental Effect of Linguistic Rights Violations in China

Press Release – For immediate release
27 February 2014
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
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In light of UNESCO’s International Mother Tongue Day, which took place on 21 February 2014, the World Uyghur Congress is publishing a report entitled ‘Movement for Uyghur Mother Language Based Education’ with the aim of raising awareness about the current linguistic injustices of China’s ‘bilingual’ educational policy. It underlines the importance of protecting minority language rights as a question of both Uyghur cultural preservation and improving inter-ethnic relations, as a strategy of maintaining peace and stability in East Turkestan.

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