Strategic Planning Session for the East Turkestan National Movement

Press Release – For immediate release
29 May 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

Uyghur intellectuals, policy experts, academics, and activists from the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Turkey, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany gathered in Berlin on May 19-21, 2017 to discuss strategic steps to advance the East Turkestan national movement. This event was initiated and organized by foreign policy expert and historian, Dr. Erkin Ekrem of Hacettepe University in Turkey.

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Weekly Brief May 25

World Uyghur Congress, 25 May 2017

China Releases Draft Intelligence Law

China quietly released the first public draft of a new National Intelligence Law late last week on May 17th that has raised real concerns from civil society about its impact on their own work and on the privacy of vulnerable groups.

Among other things, the law requires that all Chinese citizens collaborate with national intelligence collection and authorizes Chinese intelligence agencies overseas to use “the necessary means and channels” through their work. Most concerning, requires intelligence agencies to collect and process information on foreign groups and individuals operating in China that allegedly fund, incite or implement acts that “endanger national security.”

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China’s Rights Abuses Infect UN

Human Rights Watch, 23 May 2017

By Sophie Richardson — “A disease that is spreading – north, south, east, and west.” This is how United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier this year described the lack of attention worldwide to human rights. But Guterres should also be concerned about pressure on human rights from within; notably the pressure that China, a permanent UN Security Council member, is putting on key UN bodies.

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World Uyghur Congress Annual Human Rights Report 2017

Press Release — For immediate release
17 May 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

The World Uyghur Congress is releasing its annual report on the human rights situation in East Turkestan covering events of 2016. The report presents a detailed review of China’s actions in East Turkestan vis-à-vis the Uyghur population there and provides in-depth analysis of the most critical issues facing Uyghurs there.

The year 2016 saw no relief in terms of the continued harassment of Uyghurs living in East Turkestan (officially the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China). The Chinese Communist Party (CPC) extended its outright assault by effectively criminalising even the most basic aspects of Uyghur life, and in doing so, violating human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed under international law.

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China Bans ‘Muhammad’ and ‘Jihad’ as Baby Names in Heavily Muslim Region

The New York Times, 26 April 2017

By Javier Hernandez — The Chinese government, further tightening its grip on Muslims in western China, has prohibited parents from choosing names like “Muhammad,” “Arafat” and “Jihad” for their children.

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China Bans ‘Extreme’ Islamic Baby Names Among Xinjiang’s Uyghurs

Radio Free Asia, 20 April 2017


By Xin Lin — Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned dozens of baby names with religious meanings that are widely used by Muslims elsewhere in the world, RFA has learned.

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Job announcement: World Uyghur Congress Project Coordinator


Application Deadline: 28 April 2017

Starting date: 1 May 2017


The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is an international umbrella organization that represents the collective interest of the Uyghur people both in East Turkestan and abroad and promotes Uyghur human rights, Freedom and a peaceful and non-violent solution based on rule of law for the conflict in East Turkestan. For decades, the Chinese government has waged an intense and often brutal campaign to repress all forms of Uyghur culture and identity.

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