Uighur Arrest in Italy Sparks Fears of Chinese Interference in Europe

Voice of America, 4 August 2017

By Joyce Huang – The brief detention of a prominent exiled Uighur leader in Italy last week is raising alarm among human rights groups, who see it as a sign of growing Chinese political influence in Europe.

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Press Release: WUC Calls on International Community to Push Back on Chinese Efforts to Suppress Free Speech Overseas

Press Release – For immediate release
3 August 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

In light of the brief detention of General Secretary, Dolkun Isa in Rome, Italy last week, the World Uyghur Congress calls on the international community to stand firmly to resist official attempts from the Chinese government to influence the actions of states and international institutions. Increasing pressure by the Chinese government on human rights defenders in recent years calls for a determined response from states who outwardly support internationally agreed upon human rights standards.

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Exiled Uighur group condemns Italy’s detention of its general secretary

Reuters, 31 July 2017

By Michael Martina — A prominent Uighur exile was detained briefly by police in Italy, his organization said on Friday, calling on the European Union to investigate whether China had pressured Italian authorities to take action.

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Open Letter to G20 Leaders on Liu Xiaobo, 4 July 2017

International Tibet Network, 5 July 2017

Tibet Network — To: Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina; Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia; Michel Temer, President of Brazil; Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany; Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia;

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EU: Suspend China Human Rights Dialogue

Human Rights Watch, 19 June 2017

Human Rights Watch — The European Union should cancel its upcoming human rights dialogue with China and suspend the exchange until the meetings can bring genuine human rights improvements, seven human rights organizations said today. The next EU-China human rights dialogue is scheduled for June 22-23, 2017, in Brussels.

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China’s Rights Abuses Infect UN

Human Rights Watch, 23 May 2017

By Sophie Richardson — “A disease that is spreading – north, south, east, and west.” This is how United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier this year described the lack of attention worldwide to human rights. But Guterres should also be concerned about pressure on human rights from within; notably the pressure that China, a permanent UN Security Council member, is putting on key UN bodies.

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Rights Groups Blast Uyghur Activist’s Expulsion From UN Forum in New York

Radio Free Asia, 10 May 2017

By Alim Seytoff — A coalition of human rights groups and organizations representing minority peoples around the world released a letter this week condemning the expulsion of a Uyghur rights activist and NGO member from a U.N. forum in April, calling the move an expression of “domination” by an unnamed U.N. member state.

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Uyghur Human Rights Activist Expelled from UNPFII

UNPO, 10 May 2017

UNPO — On 26 April 2017, Uyghur human rights activist and member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) Dolkun Isa, who was participating in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), was forced to leave the UN premises.

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