European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights Organised Exchange of Views on Human Rights Situation in China with a Special Focus on XUAR

UNPO, 15 May 2018

On 15 May 2018, on the occasion of a meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), Mr Dolkun Isa, Vice-President of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and President of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), together with Ms Sophie Richardson (China Director of Human Rights Watch) and Mr Ulrich Delius (Director of Society for Threatened Peoples), exchanged views on the human rights situation in China, with a special focus on the so-called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

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Issue 1: Ramadan Restrictions in East Turkistan

World Uyghur Congress, 16 May 2018

Unlike anywhere in the world, the Chinese government enacts strict regulations during Ramadan, particularly for the Uyghur Muslim population in East Turkistan.

The Chinese government has banned Uyghur civil servants, students and teachers from fasting during the holy month, providing food and water to students throughout the day. Access to mosques is more tightly controlled, restaurants have been ordered to remain open and in some cases Uyghur intellectuals have been arrested beforehand to silence criticism.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC to Draw Attention to Religious Persecution of Uyghurs During Month of Ramadan

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

The World Uyghur Congress, in collaboration with its affiliates, will mark the holy month of Ramadan by drawing attention to the severe religious persecution and deprivation of religious freedom for the Uyghur people in East Turkistan.

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New Evidence for China’s Political Re-Education Campaign in Xinjiang

The Jamestown Foundation, 15 May 2018

By Adrian Zenz – Since summer of 2017, troubling reports in Western media outlets about large-scale detentions of ethnic Muslim minorities (including Uyghurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz) in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have multiplied (RFA, May 4). These reports include substantial anecdotal and eyewitness evidence describing a network of clandestine “re-education camps” in which detainees can be held indefinitely without process or recourse (AP News, December 17, 2017; Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2017).

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Weekly Brief May 11th

World Uyghur Congress, 11 May 2018

China Escalates Religious Persecution of Uyghurs Before Ramadan

As Uyghur Muslims prepare for the start of Ramadan next week, the Chinese government has been cracking down on freedom of religion, punishing Uyghurs for educating their children about religion & imprisoning those who share religious material on their phones.

It was reported this week by Radio Free Asia that a prominent Uyghur Imam was arrested an sentenced to 5 years in prison for taking his child to an unsanctioned religious school to meet other children. The younger generation in particular has been targeted and are not allowed to enter mosques or receive religious instructions from their parents. The Chinese government is trying to erode any religious sentiments among Uyghur children to ensure that future generations of Uyghurs have no ties to religion.

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China Reports Arrests of Uyghurs, Han Chinese For Sharing ‘Extremist’ Content

Radio Free Asia, 10 May 2018

By Alim Seytoff – Chinese authorities in the northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have detained 15 individuals accused of spreading “extremist and illegal” content online following tips handed in by informers, Chinese state media said on Thursday.

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Weekly Brief May 4th

World Uyghur Congress, 4 May 2018

WUC Holds Successful March and Demonstration on 27 April 2018 in Brussels

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) along with its co-organisers, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO), held a successful demonstration in Brussels, Belgium on April 27th, 2018.

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