Weekly Brief March 2nd

World Uyghur Congress, 2 March 2018

20 Relatives of Uyghur Journalist Detained

This week it was widely reported that 20 relatives of Gulchehra Hoja, a journalist working at Radio Free Asia, who were still living in East Turkestan were detained by Chinese police and sent to ‘re-education’ camps. Gulchehra has worked for Radio Free Asia’s Uyghur service for 17 years and has reported extensively on the numerous human rights violations being perpetrated by the Chinese government against the Uyghur people. The arrest of her relatives was likely done in retaliation to her efforts to draw attention to these issues.

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China upset as Interpol removes wanted alert for exiled Uighur leader

Reuters, 24 February 2018

By Ben Blanchard – China expressed dissatisfaction on Saturday at Interpol’s decision to lift a wanted alert for an exile from its Uighur minority, a man China accuses of being a terrorist.

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Weekly Brief February 23rd

World Uyghur Congress, 23 February 2018

WUC Celebrates Uyghur Language on International Mother Languages Day

The WUC marked the occasion of the UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day by issuing a press release celebrating the Uyghur language and drawing attention to the threats posed to it by assimilatory policies by the Chinese authorities, especially the Uyghur language ban in all levels of education in the Hotan prefecture. 

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China: Families of Interpol Targets Harassed

Human Rights Watch, 31 January 2018

By HRW Chinese authorities should immediately stop harassing and detaining family members of corruption suspects living abroad to compel their return to China, Human Rights Watch said today. The global police organization Interpol and foreign governments should reject China’s misuse of Interpol’s “red notice” system, which alerts governments to people sought for arrest.

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Weekly Brief January 26th

World Uyghur Congress, 26 January 2018

120,000 Uyghurs Detained in ‘Re-education’ Camps in Kashgar

This week it was reported that 120,000 Uyghurs were being held in ‘re-education’ camps around the city of Kashgar alone. Radio Free Asia obtained this number from a security official in Kashgar and the WUC and Human Rights Watch have found this figure to be credible.  The total number of Uyghurs detained in these camps across East Turkestan estimated to be over a million people, with almost every Uyghur family being affected by these mass detentions in some way.

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European Parliament Passes Resolution Calling for Release of Human Rights Activists in China

UNPO, 23 January 2018

By UNPO – On 18 January 2018, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the immediate and unconditional release of  Chinese human rights activists Wu Gan and Xie Yang, Taiwanese citizen Lee Ming-cheh, Tibetan activist Tashi Wangchuk and Tibetan Monk Choekyi. Each of these individuals have been imprisoned for actions constituting freedom of speech, freedom of religion or freedom of expression: fundamental human rights that are continuously violated in China.

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Weekly Brief January 19th

World Uyghur Congress, 19 January 2018

European Parliamentarians Issue Press Statement Calling on Bulgaria not to Deport Uyghur Asylum Seekers to China

Six Members of the European Parliament have signed a joint press statement calling on the Bulgarian Government not to deport 5 Uyghur asylum seekers to China. The five Uyghur asylum seekers were arrested by Bulgarian police on July 27, 2017 after crossing the border from Turkey and have been held in the Lyumbimets Detention Centre since then. Their initial asylum applications were denied by Bulgarian immigration authorities and they are currently appealing those decisions. The appeal hearings will be held on January 26th, 2018. If forcibly returned to China, the 5 Uyghurs would be at risk of arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture and death.

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Rights Groups Call For Ilham Tohti’s Release on Fourth Anniversary of His Arrest

Radio Free Asia, 17 January 2018

By Richard Finney – Rights activists and Uyghur advocacy groups today renewed their calls for the release from prison of Uyghur academic and blogger Ilham Tohti, who was arrested four years ago on charges of promoting separatism and is now serving a life term behind bars.

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