Weekly Brief – June 22nd

World Uyghur Congress, 22 June 2018

WUC Calls on the International Community to Protect Uyghur Refugees on World Refugee Day

On June 20th, the WUC issued a press release highlighting the plight of Uyghur refugees and calling on the international community to protect them, marking World Refugee Day.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Calls on International Community to Protect Uyghur Refugees on World Refugee Day

Press Release – For immediate release
20 June 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

In recent years, tens of thousands of Uyghurs have fled persecution by the Chinese government in East Turkistan as refugees and asylum seekers. After an often difficult and dangerous journey, many Uyghurs have been granted refuge in countries across the world, where they are active and contributing members of society.

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Issue 26 – Detentions of Religious Charges – Huseyin Cell

World Uyghur Congress, 10 June 2018

Huseyin Celil was a charismatic Uyghur imam, who is currently serving a life sentence in China for ‘terrorist’ activities. The nature of the allegations against Huseyin Celil have never been specified or substantiated by the Chinese government and it is assumed that he is being punished for peaceful political activities he engaged in before he left East Turkistan. He had advocated for human rights and better representation for the Uyghur people before fleeing the country.

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Weekly Brief March 30th

World Uyghur Congress, 30 March 2018

Religious Persecution of Uyghurs Increases as Xi Jinping Consolidates Power

Multiple media outlets reported this past week about the increasing and targeted religious persecution of Uyghurs in East Turkestan under Chinese President Xi Jinping. Forbes contributor Olivia Enos wrote a piece on how the religious persecution of Uyghurs and Christians in particular had increased under the rule of Xi Jinping, especially in the last year as he consolidated his absolute authority. Citing a Freedom House report, the article points to 4 general trends of religious persecution under Xi Jinping: “First, the CCP is expanding control over religious leaders and places of worship. Second, authorities are engaging in “thought reform” and “reeducation.” Third, penalties for disobeying religious restrictions are becoming harsher, sometimes even deadly. And fourth, Chinese authorities are resorting to “economic punishment, commodification, and exploitation.”

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THE DISAPPEARED

Foreign Policy, 29 March 2018

By Zach Dorfman – Before he disappeared from his luxury apartment at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong on Jan. 27, 2017, Xiao Jianhua, a Chinese-Canadian billionaire, favored female bodyguards. Why, exactly, was unclear: Perhaps he simply liked being surrounded by women; perhaps he trusted them more than men.

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Dolkun Isa: Beijing also persecutes the Uyghurs abroad

Asia News, 21 March 2018

By Asia News – Dolkun Isa, president of the Uyghur World Congress, which is based in Munich (Germany), is a Uyghur leader living in exile. His people, who are predominantly Muslim, live in Xinjiang, a province on the border of China with Central Asia.

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US Urges Malaysia Protect Uighurs Facing Deportation

The New York Times, 15 February 2018

Associated Press – The United States on Thursday urged Malaysia to provide temporary protection to 11 Uighur Muslims reportedly held there, warning they could face torture or persecution if forcibly returned to China.

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