Weekly Brief August 24th

World Uyghur Congress, 24 August 2018

Germany Halts All Deportations of Uyghurs to China

It was announced this week that the German government has decided not to deport Uyghurs or other Muslim minority to China due to the severe persecution Uyghurs are subjected to on behalf of their ethnic identity. The halt in deportations was a result of an information request from German MP Margarete Bause and her team, as well as work from the World Uyghur Congress and civil society organisations to raise awareness of the situation in East Turkistan.

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Spy For Us — Or Never Speak To Your Family Again

Buzzfeed, 9 July 2018

By Megha Rajagopalan – Spying on behalf of the Chinese state went against everything O. believed in.

Yet even as he sat thousands of miles away in a quiet town in Sweden, he knew the police in his home country held something over him that could compel him to do just that — the freedom of his teenage son.

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US Withdrawal From UN Rights Council May ‘Boost China’s Power,’ Activists Say

Radio Free Asia, 21 June 2018

By Xi Wang and Hsia Hsiao-hwa – The U.S. government’s decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council has dealt a blow to Chinese rights activists and dissidents, who relied on its support, rights groups and activists said.

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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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