Weekly Brief November 17th

World Uyghur Congress, 17 November 2017

World Uyghur Congress Concludes Its 6th General Assembly in Munich, Germany

The World Uyghur Congress concluded its 6th General Assembly in Munich, Germany by maintaining its firm commitment to supporting the rights of the Uyghur population in East Turkestan. Former President Rebiya Kadeer was approved by the delegates as new Special Leader, and the meeting also saw the election of long-time Uyghur activist and co-founder of the WUC, Dolkun Isa, as its new president, former vice-president, Omer Kanat, elected as Chairman of the Executive Committee.

Over 100 WUC delegates hailing from 18 countries met from November 10 to 12 to identify and prioritize the issues and challenges that the organization must address, and to develop a working strategy to advance the WUC mission of promoting freedom, human rights, and democracy for the Uyghur people. Delegates also participated in the WUC’s triennial leadership elections.

Delegates passed several resolutions underscoring the organization’s commitment to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the fundamental spirit of all the rights therein, and its founding principle of pursuing purely peaceful, non-violent action in support of its objectives.

In his remarks as the newly elected president, Dolkun Isa emphasized the spirit of unity among Uyghurs in exile and WUC’s duty to speak with moral clarity. He pledged to cooperate closely with all civil society and governments supporting freedom and justice, and expressed his firm conviction that the Uyghur people will someday realize their democratic rights and freedoms.

WUC Holds Advocacy and Leadership Workshop 

Building on previous workshops, the World Uyghur Congress held a Leadership and Advocacy Workshop from November 13-14, 2017 in Munich, Germany. The workshop focused on how best to advance the objectives of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) in the year ahead, given the state of international politics and a rising China today.

The workshop immediately followed the WUC’s 6th General Assembly (November 10-12, 2017), and enabled the new WUC leadership to focus on setting concrete and realistic objectives for advocacy. Participants of the workshop worked to develop an action plan and timeline for realizing these objectives. The participants produced concrete action plans for the WUC secretariat, for elected officers, and for national affiliates that will lead to more effective and coordinated advocacy efforts in the year ahead.

Ethnic Kazakhs Targeted for Searches and Mass Detentions by Chinese Police

This week, further instances of harassment and arbitrary detention were perpetrated against ethnic Kazakhs in East Turkestan by Chinese authorities. Kazakhs have been targeted, similarly to the Uyghurs due to the fact that many of them practice Islam and the Chinese authorities fears solidarity between the Kazakh and Uyghur populations.

It was first reported this week, by Radio Free Asia, that hundreds of ethnic Kazakh business owners were detained by Chinese authorities and their assets frozen, pending ‘investigation’. In large sweeps, Chinese police are estimated to have detained approximately 500 Kazakh businessmen. It was also reported that Chinese police conducted mass house-to-house searches of some 30,000 Kazakhs in East Turkestan, confiscating Qurans, prayer mats and other religious items.

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PRESS RELEASE: World Uyghur Congress Maintains Momentum Through 6th General Assembly in Munich, Germany

Press Release – For immediate release
14 November 2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress concluded its 6th General Assembly in Munich, Germany by maintaining its firm commitment to supporting the rights of the Uyghur population in East Turkestan. Former President Rebiya Kadeer was approved by the delegates as new Special Leader, and the meeting also saw the election of long-time Uyghur activist and co-founder of the WUC, Dolkun Isa, as its new president, former vice-president, Omer Kanat, elected as Chairman of the Executive Committee.

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Uyghur Exile Leadership Passes to ‘Younger Generation’ in Munich Election

Radio Free Asia, 14 November 2017

By Alim Seytoff – Leadership of the exile World Uyghur Congress (WUC) passed to a new generation in an election held in Munich at the weekend, with former WUC general secretary Dolkun Isa voted in as president and long-serving leader Rebiya Kadeer elevated to the honorary post of paramount leader.

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World Uyghur Congress 6th General Assembly Opens in Munich, Germany

World Uyghur Congress, 11 November 2017

The 6th General Assembly of the World Uyghur Congress opened yesterday on 10 November 2017 in Munich, Germany. The meeting began with an opening ceremony in which the leadership of the World Uyghur Congress and distinguished guests gave opening remarks expressing support for the Uyghur struggle for human rights and democracy in China and discussing the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Calls on US President Trump to Substantively Raise Human Rights Concerns During Upcoming Visit

Press Release – For immediate release
3 November 2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress calls on US President Trump, during his upcoming visit to Beijing next week, to stand firm on past principles of openness and tolerance as well as public support for human rights at home and abroad. Trump should make explicit the United States’ longstanding commitment to supporting the vulnerable and the voiceless in any society – this time he must call on China to cease its unending campaign against the Uyghur population in East Turkestan.

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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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How China is targeting its Uyghur ethnic minority abroad

The Globe and Mail, 30 October 2017

By Nathan VanderKlippe — In a broad campaign to increase pressure on Uyghurs overseas, including those in Canada, Chinese authorities are using coercive measures on family members, recruiting people to spy and sending threats to get many from the ethnic minority group to return to China, 

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