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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Uyghur Human Rights Activist Expelled from UNPFII

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, 8 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. A coalition of organisations including Human Rights Watch, Minority Rights Group, the UNPO and the Nonviolent Radical Party have joined to publish a press release asking for a full account of the causes of this incident and for the right of indigenous peoples to express themselves to be respected.

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UN rights envoy was followed in China, sources intimidated

Associated Press, 3 May 2017

By Louise Watt — A U.N. representative on human rights said that he was followed by security officers in disguise during an official trip to China and that some activists he met with may have suffered intimidation and retaliation.

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‘I Asked Him About His Daily Life in Prison’

Radio Free Asia, 3 May 2017

By Qiao Long — The wife of jailed rights activist Zhang Haitao, a critic of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic group, was recently allowed to visit him for the first time in prison after he was jailed for 19 years on subversion and spying charges in January 2016.

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Interview: ‘I Hope You Can Realize That it Was a Big Mistake to Lock Him Up’

Radio Free Asia, 30 March 2017

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RFA Uyghur Service  The daughter of jailed Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti, is a student at Indiana University who has spoken out in support of his peaceful promotion of equal rights and greater autonomy for the Turkic speaking Uyghur ethnic group in China. Tohti, currently serving a life jail term for “separatism,” won the prestigious Martin Ennals Award 2016 for human rights. Ilham spoke to Mamatjan Juma of RFA’s Uyghur Service in New York on March 11, at a memorial service for family friend Eliot Sperling, a Tibet expert at Indiana University who died on Jan. 29.

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EP Human Rights Subcommittee (DROI) Discusses Situation in East Turkestan

UNPO, 27 March 2017

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UNPO  On 22 March 2017, the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) held a hearing to discuss the human rights situation in the Uyghur region of East Turkestan – known in China as Xinjiang. The hearing was attended by Members of European Parliament (MEPs), human rights experts, prominent academics, sinologists and representatives of UNPO and of its member, the World Uyghur Congress.

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What Australia Needs to Ask When China Visits

Human Rights Watch, 21 March 2017

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By Sophie Richardson — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will land in Australia for an official visit later this week. On the eve of his visit, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop delivered an unusually sharp warning to China on its need to move towards democracy. “While non-democracies such as China can thrive when participating in the present system…[h]istory shows that the embrace of liberal democratic institutions is the most successful foundation for nations seeking economic prosperity and social stability,” Bishop said during a speech in Singapore on March 13.

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