Weekly Brief December 1st

World Uyghur Congress, 1 December 2017

WUC Participates in 10th UN Forum on Minority Issues

Representatives from the World Uyghur Congress travelled to Geneva last week to participate in the 10th session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues. The central topic of this year’s Forum was ‘Minority Youth: towards inclusive and diverse societies’ and discussion were organised into 4 thematic panels focusing on the importance of  education in ‘minority’ communities, youth public participation, strategies for using the digital space and empowering ‘minority’ youth as agents of change for peace and stability.

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UN Minority Forum Side Event: ‘Native Languages in a Contemporary World: Threats and Challenges for Youth’

World Uyghur Congress, 27 November 2017

The WUC, in cooperation with the Society for Threatened Peoples, will hold a side event Friday, December 1, from 13:00-14:00 in room XXVII at the Palais des Nations, at the 10th session of the UN Minority Forum – Native Languages in a Contemporary World: Threats and Challenges for Youth. The purpose of the event is to discuss the importance of native language to a people and the contemporary threats and challenges to its continued use. Whether it be due to the intentional actions of an oppressive government or the pressures from our contemporary globalised society, many native languages have come under strain, especially with the younger generation. This event intends to address these significant challenges to native languages by giving a platform to the youth to articulate what they think about their native language, how they relate to it and what pressures and difficulties they face when learning and using their native language.

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Weekly Brief November 24th

World Uyghur Congress, 24 November 2017

WUC Expresses Concern Over Uyghurs Who Recently Escaped from Thai Immigration Detention Facility

The World Uyghur Congress issued a press release expressing its deep concerned over the treatment of Uyghurs who had recently escaped their immigration detention facility in southern Thailand. Consistent rhetoric from China has framed all Uyghurs escaping the country as criminals who should be immediately returned, renewing fears that Thailand may submit to such pressure, as in the past.

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Weekly Brief November 10th

World Uyghur Congress, 10 November 2017

German City of Weimar Experiences Cyber Attack After Awarding Ilham Tohti

The city of Weimar, Germany, who awarded imprisoned Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti the Weimar Human Rights Prize in June of this year, has experienced repeated attacks on its official website, removing all news of the award from the site. Although the source of the attacks are not yet fully clear, past experience indicates that the actions very likely lead back to the Chinese government.

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Weekly Brief November 3rd

World Uyghur Congress, 3 November 2017

Chinese Authorities Detain At Least 30 of Rebiya Kadeer’s Relatives

The President of the World Uyghur Congress and noted advocate for rights for the Uyghur people, Rebiya Kadeer, has had 11 of her immediate family members and 30 family members in total detained in East Turkestan by Chinese authorities in recent weeks. Ms. Kadeer can’t find any information about the well-being or whereabouts of her detained family members, but speculated that they were “sent to prison or the political re-education camps”.

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Prominent Uyghur Musician Arrested on Unknown Charge

Radio Free Asia, 2 November 2017

By Kurban Niyaz – Popular Uyghur singer and musician Abdurehim Heyit has been arrested without official explanation by authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region, sources say.

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Uyghur ‘Political Criminals’ Jailed Without Trial in Xinjiang’s Kashgar Prefecture

Radio Free Asia, 31 October 2017

By Shohret Hoshur — Authorities in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, are convicting ethnic Uyghur “political criminals” without trial and only notifying their families after sentencing them to prison, according to sources.

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