China: Free Xinjiang ‘Political Education’ Detainees

Human Rights Watch, 10 September 2017

By Human Rights Watch – The Chinese government should immediately free people held in unlawful “political education” centers in Xinjiang and shut them down, Human Rights Watch said today. Since about April 2017, the authorities have forcibly detained thousands of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities at these centers, where they are subjected to propaganda promoting Chinese identity.

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WUC General Secretary Speaks at IGFM Press Conference

World Uyghur Congress, 8 September 2017

On 7 September 2017, the General Secretary of the World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa, spoke at a press conference entitled “Is China a partner for democratic states?”. The press conference was organized by the International Society for Human Rights (IGFM) and held at their offices in Frankfurt, Germany. It brought together human rights activists to discuss the numerous human rights violations occurring in China and how China has increasingly been using its economic might to silence criticism of its human rights record.

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China tightens regulation of religion to ‘block extremism’

Reuters, 7 September 2017

By Christian Shepard – China’s cabinet on Thursday passed new rules to regulate religion to bolster national security, fight extremism and restrict faith practiced outside organizations approved by the state.

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China’s Rights Crackdown Is Called ‘Most Severe’ Since Tiananmen Square

The New York Times, 7 September 2017

By Nick Cumming-Bruce – China is systematically undermining international human rights groups in a bid to silence critics of its crackdown on such rights at home, a watchdog organization said on Tuesday. The group also faulted the United Nations for failing to prevent the effort, and at times being complicit in it.

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UN: China Blocks Activists, Harasses Experts

Human Rights Watch, 5 September 2017

Human Rights Watch — The Chinese government should end its efforts to weaken United Nations mechanisms that promote human rights, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. UN agencies should vigorously resist China’s attempts to restrict access to the UN for human rights groups and activists who work on China.

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China Holds Ethnic Kazakh Students For Praying, Islamic Clothing, Overseas Study

Radio Free Asia, 31 August 2017

By Qiao Long – Authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are believed to be holding a number of ethnic minority Kazakhs for wearing “Islamic” clothing and praying, a practice forbidden by the ruling Chinese Communist Party on university campuses across the country.

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Event Announcement: WUC to Hold Youth Training Seminars in Stockholm, Sweden

Press Release – For immediate release
30 August  2017

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

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) uunder the co-sponsorship of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Sweden Uyghur Education Union, and with support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) will convene a youth training seminar that will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from October 14-15, 2017. The training will be preceded by a conference on religious freedom and language rights on October 13th.

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