Local Statement by the Delegation of the European Union on International Human Rights Day

Delegation of the European Union to China, 8 December 2017

On 10 December the international community marks the anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This Declaration, which all UN members including China have agreed to uphold, states that each and every one of us has the right to freedom of thought, freedom of religion and belief, freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

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Uyghur Activist, Ilham Tohti, honoured with 2017 Weimar Human Rights Award

UNPO, 11 December 2017

On 10 December 2017, the German city of Weimar awarded the 2017 Weimar Human Rights award to Uyghur rights activist Ilham Tohti, in a public ceremony coinciding with International Human Rights Day. Currently serving a life sentence for his criticism of the Chinese government, under the false charge of ‘separatism’, Ilham Tohti is one of China’s most prominent political prisoners. Tohti was honoured with the award in recognition of his work upholding the rights of the Uyghur people and promoting an understanding between Uyghurs and Han Chinese.
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China Expands Recall of Passports to Uyghurs Outside of Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 8 December 2017

Authorities in China have expanded a recall of passports from Uyghurs residing within the northwest region of Xinjiang to include members of the ethnic groups throughout the country, according to sources.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Calls for Action on the International Day for Human Rights

Press Release – For immediate release
10 December 2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

Today, on the International Day for Human Rights, the World Uyghur Congress remembers the great importance of human rights in leading to a better world. Today is a critical moment, as the human rights situation for the Uyghur people and many others across the world has been rapidly deteriorating and the concept of human rights is under attack from repressive governments. It is vital that we all reaffirm our commitment to human rights and speak out about the many human rights violations occurring across the world.

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Weekly Brief December 8th

World Uyghur Congress, 8 December 2017

Concerning New Counter-Espionage Rules Further Increase Powers of Chinese State Security Agents

New rules to China’s Counter-Espionage laws were adopted by the Chinese government on Wednesday, 6 December 2017. The new roles specify how China’s counter-espionage laws, which first were adopted in November 2014, should be implemented, as part of a series of new legal reforms pushed by Xi Jinping to counter perceived threats to national security.

The new rules give the Chinese state security agents sweeping new powers to arrest and investigate individuals they suspect of espionage. They give the security agents the authority to bar foreigners from entering the country if they have made negative comments about the Chinese government and to arrest and deport them if they are already in China. The new rules also widen the definition of espionage to include punishments for acts such as ‘using religion or cults to harm national security’. These WUC is very concerned with these measures. They will certainly be used to silence critics of the Chinese government domestically and abroad, as well as leading for further repression of the Uyghur people and further restrictions on religious freedom.

World Uyghur Congress Sends Letter To Canadian PM Ahead of Visit

The World Uyghur Congress sent a letter to the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, last week ahead of his anticipated visit to China to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Trudeau government has been relatively silent on human rights issues in the past, but has emphasised that its “quiet diplomacy” has been effective in terms of moving forward on these issues.

With ever increasing repression in China and any dissent being met with force and violence, we rely on states who to speak up about human rights. It is the duty of the international community to respectfully call out those states that fail to live up to international human rights norms.

 

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Uyghur Grape Merchants Suffer Losses Amid Party Congress Clampdown

Radio Free Asia, 7 December 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Grape and raisin production in Xinjiang’s Turfan (in Chinese, Tulufan) prefecture accounts for over 80 percent of China’s total, and has helped China become the world’s third-largest producer of raisins and the world’s largest producer of green raisins, according to a 2015 report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Beijing extends powers of state security agents under counter-espionage law

South China Morning Post, 7 December 2017

By Nectar Gan – China has issued new rules that extend the powers of its state security agents and elaborate on acts punishable under its counter-espionage law.

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