‘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
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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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Report on Lukchun, Hotan and Urumchi Incidents 2013

Press Release — For immediate release
27 August 2013
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

Between March and August 2013, several incidents rocked the Uyghur people in East Turkestan, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), representing a great cause for concern and a serious degradation in their full enjoyment of their fundamental human rights.

Reports emerged of arbitrary detentions, harsh sentencing, extra-judicial killings and curbs on the freedom of the press as the authorities try to manipulate the narrative of what has been happening in East Turkestan. These human rights violations have principally happened in predominantly-Uyghur areas at Maralbeshi County (Bucha in Mandarin), Lukchun, Urumchi and Hotan.

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Overview of the Maralbeshi Incident on 23 April 2013

Press Release — For immediate release
1 May 2013
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is extremely concerned by an incident that happened on 23 April 2013 at approximately noon, in which 21 people were killed and 19 arrested (11 immediately after, with a further 8 six days later) at Serikbuya in Maralbeshi (Bucha) County in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The report can be read in full here.

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Alternative Report For The Committee On Economic, Social And Cultural Rights

Press Release – For immediate release
1 March 2013
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

This alternative report has been submitted by the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) in view of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ upcoming 2nd review of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The WUC is an international, umbrella organisation that represents the collective interest of the Uyghur people both in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, elsewhere in the PRC, and abroad.

Please, click here to download the full report:

 

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Report to the UN Committee On The Rights of the Child (CRC)

Press Release – For immediate release
1 November 2012
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or
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In its Fortieth Session, the Committee on the Rights of the Child (hereafter, ‘the Committee’) noted in its Concluding Observations of the People’s Republic of China’s (hereafter, ‘PRC’) Second Periodic Review that the PRC had translated the Convention on the Rights of the Child (hereafter, the ‘Convention’) into the “main minority languages”. However, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) notes that it has not been able 1 to locate a translation of the Convention – as well as other vital human rights treaties and their respective observations – into the Uyghur language either on the national or the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) government websites.

The report can be read in full here.

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Increased Religious Repression In China Prior to and During Ramadan

 

Press Release — For immediate release
1 August 2012
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

Pastor Bob Fu at a House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing with the Congressional Executive Commission on China commented in a report that religious freedom had deteriorated to its lowest level since 1982 in the first 10 months of 2011. The U.S. State Department in a recent report on religious freedom in 2011 also stated that religious freedom had “[markedly deteriorated]” during the last year, describing the repression of Uyghurs as “severe”.

The report can be read in full here.

 

 

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New WUC Report on Post-5th July Disappeared Uyghurs Released Following Worldwide Protests

Press Release – For immediate release
6 July 2012
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or
contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has released today its latest report on the enforced disappearances of Uyghurs who took part in peaceful protests in Urumqi, East Turkestan, which were brutally suppressed by the Chinese authorities on 5 July 2009.

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Vanishing Vulnerable Voices: Four Years of Impunity Cases of Enforced Disappearances of Civilians in East Turkestan

WUC, 15 July 2013

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On July 5th, 2009, demonstrations erupted in the streets of Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of People’s Republic of China (PRC). These demonstrations stem from anger by Uyghurs who claim they are discriminated against by Chinese authorities. The protests initially began peacefully as demonstrators called for a full investigation into an incident in Shaoguan, Southern China several days earlier in which two Uyghurs had been killed.1 The peaceful protests then escalated into violent attacks between Uyghurs and Han Chinese later that day, in which many Uyghurs and Han Chinese needlessly lost their lives or were left injured as a result of the ensuing violence, notwithstanding the many buildings that were destroyed.

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