PRESS RELEASE: WUC President Prevented for Second Straight Year from Participating in UN Indigenous Forum Despite Prior Approval

Press Release – For immediate release
4 April 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns in the strongest terms the decision taken by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) to wrongfully prevent WUC President Dolkun Isa from participating in the 17thsession of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, despite his prior approval.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Condemns Attempts by the Chinese Government to Spread Disinformation

Press Release – For immediate release
4 April 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress wishes to draw attention to ongoing efforts by the Chinese government to undermine the Uyghur people’s struggle for their basic rights by drawing false parallels to terrorism and by spreading blatant lies and misinformation. 

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China’s Campaign Against Uighur Diaspora Ramps Up

Foreign Policy, 3 April 2018

By Martin de Bourmont – Mahmut, a Uighur living in a Scandinavian country, describes 2017 as the “saddest” year for his family. Born to secular Muslim parents, Mahmut, who asked to be identified by a pseudonym, says his family’s troubles began in late 2016 when the Chinese government pressured a cousin and his wife to return to China’s far western region of Xinjiang from Egypt.

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China is trying to prevent the formation of a vocal Uighur diaspora

The Economist, 28 March 2018

By the Economist – When the authorities manage to lure or drag home a fugitive accused of corruption, they crow. But they are quieter about their equally successful campaign to repatriate Uighurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic group from Xinjiang, in China’s far west.

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In China, sympathy for treatment of ethnic minority prompts death threats

The Globe and Mail, 26 March 2018

By Nathan Vanderklippe – A Chinese woman who wrote a widely discussed online account of domestic discrimination has been branded a “crazy dog” who supports terrorism and should be put to death.

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HRC37 | A strong human rights framework needs cooperation and criticism.

ISHR, 22 March 2018

By Navi Pillay – It has been 10 years since I took on one of the most challenging and most rewarding roles of my career, that of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.  I continue to follow human rights events closely even though my term ended in 2014. What is happening in the international human rights system this year, the same that we celebrate also 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, fills me with worry.

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China’s Trojan Horse Human Rights Resolution

The Diplomat, 22 March 2018

By Miloon Kothari – At the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), China has proposed a resolution focused on international cooperation. This could have been a positive step toward bridging the considerable gap between recognition of human rights and their implementation on the ground. With the benefit of hindsight on such resolutions at the HRC, however, such a critical linkage is far from guaranteed.

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Dolkun Isa: Beijing also persecutes the Uyghurs abroad

Asia News, 21 March 2018

By Asia News – Dolkun Isa, president of the Uyghur World Congress, which is based in Munich (Germany), is a Uyghur leader living in exile. His people, who are predominantly Muslim, live in Xinjiang, a province on the border of China with Central Asia.

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