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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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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Weekly Brief December 1st

World Uyghur Congress, 1 December 2017

WUC Participates in 10th UN Forum on Minority Issues

Representatives from the World Uyghur Congress travelled to Geneva last week to participate in the 10th session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues. The central topic of this year’s Forum was ‘Minority Youth: towards inclusive and diverse societies’ and discussion were organised into 4 thematic panels focusing on the importance of  education in ‘minority’ communities, youth public participation, strategies for using the digital space and empowering ‘minority’ youth as agents of change for peace and stability.

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Six Uyghurs Caught Escaping From a Thai Jail Could be Sent Back to China

Radio Free Asia, 23 November 2017

By Gao Feng – Of 25 ethnic minority Uyghurs from China who broke out of a Thai immigration detention center after tunneling through an exterior wall this week, 19 have remained uncaught after police detained six during and after the daring escape.

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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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PRESS RELEASE: Family Members of Former WUC President Arbitrarily Detained in East Turkestan

Press Release – For immediate release
21 November 2017

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

Over the last three months, Chinese authorities have detained a number of relatives of former WUC President and Uyghur rights activist, Rebiya Kadeer. Among those detained have been Ms. Kadeer’s sisters, brothers, sons, grandchildren and extended relatives, amid much more broad and extensive detentions of Uyghurs who have been sent to political ‘re-education’ centers.

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