Weekly Brief August 31st

World Uyghur Congress, 31 August 2018

UN Committee to End Racial Discrimination Critical of China’s Treatment of Uyghurs in Findings

The UN Committee to End Racial Discrimination (CERD) published its concluding observations on its review of China on 30 August 2018. The Committee’s initial review of China gained widespread coverage as the Chinese delegation was forced to answer questions from the committee members of its rampant racial and ethnic discrimination of Uyghurs, Tibetans and other ethnicities. The Committee also raised China’s arbitrary detention of over 1 million Uyghurs in political indoctrination camps and brought considerable attention to the issue.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Demands Answers from the Chinese Government on the Countless Cases of Enforced Disappearance of Uyghurs

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

Today, the 30th of August, marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. On this day, we remember the countless Uyghurs and all those around the world who have been forcibly disappeared. This day is an important occasion to keep the victims of enforced disappearance in our collective memory and to continue to seek justice and accountability on their behalf.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Welcomes Kazakh Court Decision Not to Deport Asylum Seeker to China

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

The WUC was encouraged today’s decision by court in Kazakhstan to not extradite Sayragul Sauytbay, an ethnic Kazakh from East Turkistan who had sought asylum in Kazakhstan after fleeing Chinese authorities. She was initially held on charges of illegally crossing the border into Kazakhstan after she fled East Turkistan where she being forced to teach Chinese history to detainees in political indoctrination camp.

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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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