WUC Releases Updated Report Documenting Two Decades of Uyghur Forced Returns to China

Press Release – For immediate release
28 June 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

One year has passed since the we released our report, Seeking a Place to Breathe Freely: Current Challenges Faced by Uyghur Refugees & Asylum Seekers, that looked to present a detailed account of both the conditions on the ground in East Turkestan over the last few years as well as to document the perilous journeys made by Uyghurs who chose to flee China amid repression. In this updated report, we have notably added an Appendix detailing every case of Uyghur deportation to China from abroad since 1997.

The initial report was based on extensive first-hand research working directly with Uyghur refugees and asylum seekers who fled to Turkey from East Turkestan, but because the situation is fluid, the report looks to provide additional and up-to-date details on current cases and to stand as a unique resource.

Here we have documented the return of 317 Uyghurs to China since 1997 from 15 different countries including Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Germany and Sweden.

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Decision of the Steering Committee of the World Uyghur Congress

World Uyghur Congress, 27 June 2017

The Steering Committee of the World Uyghur Congress held a special meeting on June 22, 2017 to discuss the decision of Ms. Rebiya Kadeer regarding WUC Vice-President Omer Kanat and Director of the Research Department, Dr. Erkin Ekrem, which led to an internal conflict within the WUC and also to discuss the proposal to hold an extraordinary General Assembly meeting and early elections.

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Uyghur Woman Missing Three Years After Being Sent Back From Vietnam

Radio Free Asia, 25 June 2017

By Shohret Hoshur — A young Uyghur woman deported from Vietnam to China after trying to join her family in exile has vanished in police custody, her father says, breaking a three-year silence to ask for information on her whereabouts and condition.

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China: Immediately and Unconditionally Release Political Prisoners

Press Release – For immediate release
27 June 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

Following Liu Xiaobo’s release from prison on medical parole on account of his recent cancer diagnosis, the World Uyghur Congress calls on the Chinese government to take the immediate and necessary steps to release all political prisoners without exception.

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture Must Shed Light on Countless Uyghur Cases

Press Release – For immediate release
26 June 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

On this International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the World Uyghur Congress would like to highlight the extent to which the Uyghur population has, and continues to be, tormented by torture from state officials from the lowest to highest levels. The Chinese government must take immediate action to stop the use of torture that continues to plague the criminal justice system.

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EEAS Press Release: Human Rights Dialogue between the European Union and China

EEAS Press Team, 23 June 2016

EEAS Press Team — The 35th round of the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue was held in Brussels on 22-23 June.

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Weekly Brief June 23rd

World Uyghur Congress, 23 June 2017

WUC Raises Uyghur Issue at 35th UN Human Rights Council

The World Uyghur Congress sent two representatives to attend the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland from June 12-14th. The session allowed the WUC to continue its advocacy effort in the lead up to China’s UPR review next year.

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In China’s far west the ‘perfect police state’ is emerging

The Guardian, 23 June 2017

By Tom Phillips — It was Friday, the Islamic day of assembly, but outside Kashgar’s Id Kah mosque on Liberation Avenue it was the growl of diesel engines that filled the air not a muezzin’s wistful cry.

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