Issue 22: Detentions on Religious Charges – Abdulnehed Mehsum

World Uyghur Congress, 6 June 2018

88-year old Abdulnehed Mehsum died while being held in a political indoctrination camp in Hotan prefecture in November 2017, though the death was not reported until May 27, 2018. 

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Commemorates Tiananmen Square Democracy Protestors on 29th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre

World Uyghur Congress, 4 June 2018

Today marks the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, where thousands of Chinese protestors were brutally suppressed for holding demonstrations calling for democracy and for their basic human rights to be respected. Students, teachers, activists and civilians were among those killed with estimates ranging from hundreds to ten thousand merely for exercising their right to freedom of assembly and calling for democracy.

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Weekly Brief June 1st

World Uyghur Congress, 1 June 2018

Society for Threatened People Retain NGO Status in UN, Despite China’s Attempts to Silence Them

The Society for Threatened Peoples  has issued a press release expressing concern with the growing influence of authoritarian states in the United Nations, after the Chinese mission had attempted to revoke its NGO status because of an alleged violation of UN rules related to the accreditation of long-time STP member and WUC President Dolkun Isa.

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Press Release: Consultative status of human rights group under fire at the United Nations

Society for Threatened Peoples, 31 May 2018

The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) has warned against restricting the freedom of independent non-governmental organizations at the United Nations (UN). “The influence of authoritarian states in the world organization continues to grow. Non-governmental organizations must not be silenced just because they draw attention to serious human rights violations,” said STP’s director Ulrich Delius.

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World Uyghur Congress, 21 May 2018

In April 2017, the Chinese government implemented a raft of restrictive measures targeting religious freedom, including banning Uyghur men from growing long or “abnormal” beards and Uyghur women from wearing Islamic veils.

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European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights Organised Exchange of Views on Human Rights Situation in China with a Special Focus on XUAR

UNPO, 15 May 2018

On 15 May 2018, on the occasion of a meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), Mr Dolkun Isa, Vice-President of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and President of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), together with Ms Sophie Richardson (China Director of Human Rights Watch) and Mr Ulrich Delius (Director of Society for Threatened Peoples), exchanged views on the human rights situation in China, with a special focus on the so-called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

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Weekly Brief May 4th

World Uyghur Congress, 4 May 2018

WUC Holds Successful March and Demonstration on 27 April 2018 in Brussels

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) along with its co-organisers, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO), held a successful demonstration in Brussels, Belgium on April 27th, 2018.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC President Dolkun Isa Finally Admitted to UN Indigenous Forum

Press Release – For immediate release
26 April 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

After nearly 2 weeks of confusion and rejection, WUC President Dolkun Isa was finally allowed to enter the UN premises and participate in the Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues on April 25th. Despite being approved to attend the Forum weeks in advance and being re-approved via email just last week, Mr. Isa was twice prevented from entering the UN premises to participate in the Forum. Isa’s entrance required the intervention from the UN Permanent Missions of the United States and Germany.

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