Weekly Brief November 24th

World Uyghur Congress, 24 November 2017

WUC Expresses Concern Over Uyghurs Who Recently Escaped from Thai Immigration Detention Facility

The World Uyghur Congress issued a press release expressing its deep concerned over the treatment of Uyghurs who had recently escaped their immigration detention facility in southern Thailand. Consistent rhetoric from China has framed all Uyghurs escaping the country as criminals who should be immediately returned, renewing fears that Thailand may submit to such pressure, as in the past.

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Thai Police Search for 20 Uyghurs Who Broke Out of Detention Facility

Radio Free Asia, 20 November 2017

By Benar News – Thai authorities are looking for 20 Uyghurs who escaped from an immigration detention center near the Malaysian border before dawn on Monday by digging two holes and using blankets as ladders to escape, officials said.

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Xinjiang Authorities Jail Six Uyghur Students on Return From Turkey

Radio Free Asia, 27 September 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have jailed at least six Uyghurs who traveled to Turkey for educational purposes, according to a relative of the region’s former Communist Party chairman, despite a probe that found the students had not committed any crimes.

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PRESS RELEASE: Uyghur Congress Deeply Concerned Over Recently Disappeared Uyghur Students in Egypt

Press Release – For immediate release
26 September 2017

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

Egyptian authorities must immediately reveal the whereabouts of 16 Uyghur students who have been forcibly disappeared in Cairo. The recent disappearances merely exacerbate already-present violations against Uyghur students who have been arbitrarily detained since early July.

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Weekly Brief September 22

World Uyghur Congress, 22 September 2017

Situation of Detained Uyghur Students Raised in UN Human Rights Council

During the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council an Item 4 Oral Statement was made on behalf of the The Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty regarding the Uyghur students who are currently imprisoned in Egypt on baseless charges.

At least 22 have already been forcibly returned to China where they have disappeared. We fear that they may be at risk of arbitrary detention, forced re-education or torture. Approximately 200 more Uyghur, many of them students remain in detention in Egypt uncertain of their fate.

There have been reports that 12 Uyghurs were released by Egyptian authorities 2 weeks ago. We hope that the rest of the innocent Uyghur students will also be immediately released and that no more Uyghurs will be deported to China where they are at risk of torture, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance.

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China Jails Ethnic Kazakh Man For ‘Helping Others Emigrate to Kazakhstan’

Radio Free Asia, 16 August 2017

By Qiao Long – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have sentenced an ethnic Kazakh man to 12 years’ imprisonment after detaining him amid an ongoing crackdown on ethnic minority groups who study or seek to emigrate overseas, sources told RFA.

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USCIRF Condemns Egypt’s Deportation of Uighur Muslims to China

USCIRF, 3 August 2017

USCIRF – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly condemns the irresponsible and hostile actions taken against Uighurs Muslims in Egypt. The government of Egypt continues a campaign of rounding up and deporting these individuals back to China, a country with a record of harsh repression of the Uighur community. Egypt began this campaign of arrests and deportations in early July and they continue today.

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Turkey to block anti-China media to dismay of Uighur activists

Middle East Eye, 4 August 2017

By Areeb Ullah – Turkey’s Uighurs community has voiced fear and concern over plans to impose a media blackout on reports critical of China, following a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Thursday.

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