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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Conference Report: China’s Nuclear Programme in East Turkestan and Its Impacts Today

World Uyghur Congress, May 2012

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) jointly with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) have released their report on the conference held at the European Parliament, Brussels, on 29 February 2012, entitled ’50 Years After Test 596: China’s Nuclear Programme in East Turkestan and its Impacts Today’.

The conference was organised by the offices of MEP’s László Tőkés, Kristiina Ojuland and Vytautas Landsbergis, as well as in collaboration with the World Uyghur Congress and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization.

László Tőkés MEP concluded at the end of the conference by pledging that when a delegation of MEPs visit China later in 2012 that they will, “insist on finding facts and new information… about East Turkestan and Tibet”, especially in regards to the Lop Nur nuclear tests that continue to devestate Uyghurs.

The conference report can be downloaded here.

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WUC Booklet on Violation of Freedom of Expression in East Turkestan

WUC, November 2011

The booklet Violation of Freedom of Expression in East Turkestan published by the WUC in November 2011 provides an overview on the current status of freedom of expression for the Uyghur people.

After an introduction to the events of 5 July 2009 in Urumqi that lead to an increased crackdown on Uyghur freedom of expression, an overview on the Chinese legislation on freedom of expression, a description of the use of “Endangering State Security” (ESS) charges to silence peaceful Uyghur dissent, the current condition of freedom of speech and information in East Turkestan and China, and the effects of the “Jasmine Revolution” on Uyghurs, the booklet provides summaries on the cases of some of the Uyghurs imprisoned for exercising their right to freedom of expression, opinion, and speech. These cases include among others: Abdulghani Memetemin, Dilshat Perhat, Gheyret Niyaz, Gulmira Imin, Mehbube Ablesh, Memetjan Abdulla, Ablikim Abdureyim, Alim Abdureyim or Tursunjan Hesen.

The booklet can be downloaded here.

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Egregious Human Rights Violations Perpetrated by the Chinese Government Against the Uyghur People During and in the Aftermath of the July 2009 Protest and Unrest in Urumqi, the Regional Capital of East Turkestan

Press Release — For immediate release
1 December 2010
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

The Uyghur people are indigenous to East Turkestan [also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in northwest China].   For many years, the Chinese government has waged an intense and often brutal campaign to repress all forms of Uyghur dissent, crack down on Uyghurs’ peaceful religious activities and independent expressions of ethnicity, dilute Uyghurs’ culture and identity as a distinct people, and threaten the survival of the Uyghur language.

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WUC – UNPO Conference Report: Uyghurs Call for Dialogue with China

World Uyghur Congress, 15 November 2010

WUC — The conference “Uyghurs Call for Dialogue with China – Implementation of the Chinese Constitution to Safeguard and Protect the Rights of the Uyghur people” was held on 29 and 30 April 2010 in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

The conference was sponsored by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Group of the European Parliament and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and was organised in collaboration with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC).

The conference concluded with a concerted call from Uyghurs for a meaningful dialogue to begin with Beijing over resolving the situation in East Turkestan and ensuring that provisions for the protection of minority rights in the Chinese constitution are observed.

The conference report can be read here.

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UNPO – WUC Report: Repression in China- Roots and Repercussions of the Urumqi Unrest

WUC/UNPO, 13 November 2009

On 13 November 2009, the UNPO and the WUC published a report entitled “Repression in China: Roots and Repercussions of the Urumqi Unrest”.

The report outlines the events that took place in Shaoguan and Urumqi this summer in which hundreds of people were killed. It also issues a series of recommendations for future action to assuage the resentment and mistrust that has been allowed to develop in East Turkestan over the past five decades as a result of policies pursued by the Chinese government.

The report can be downloaded here.

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WUC Submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

WUC, 1 June 2009

Submitted to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by the World Uyghur Congress for consideration in the 75th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) 3 August – 28 August 2009.

This submission provides evidence to assist in the Committee’s responsibility to monitor the progress of State parties towards the full and complete implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). ICERD describes the measures that State parties need to undertake to combat racial discrimination.

The World Uyghur Congress wishes to bring to the Committee’s attention egregious violations of the rights accorded under the ICERD that are perpetrated daily in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Taken separately, the violations may be explained away or dismissed as isolated cases or misunderstandings. However, taken as a whole the violations indicate behaviors that are not in the spirit of the ICERD, but completely at odds with the stated aim of protecting racial minorities.

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WUC Activities Report (October 2006-March 2009)

WUC, 21 May 2009

WUC´s Activity Report compiles the works accomplished by the WUC  between October 2006 and March 2009.

The report can be downloaded here.

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