URGENT ACTION: Uighur Woman Incommunicado After Secret Trial

Amnesty International, 29 September 2017

Buzainafu Abudourexiti, who returned to China in 2015 after studying for two years in Egypt, was suddenly detained in March 2017 and sentenced in a secret trial to seven years in prison. No information has been provided about the charges against her, but it is believed that it may be part of a wider crackdown on Uighur students who studied abroad. Held incommunicado, she is at grave risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

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Weekly Brief September 29

World Uyghur Congress, 29 September 2017

WUC Expresses its Deep Concern Over the Disappearance of 16 Uyghur Students in Egypt

Following reports that 16 Uyghur students had disappeared in Egypt, the World Uyghur Congress issues a press release calling on Egyptian authorities to immediately reveal the whereabouts of the students who have been forcibly disappeared in Cairo. The recent disappearances merely exacerbate already-present violations against Uyghur students who have been arbitrarily detained since early July.

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PRESS RELEASE: Uyghur Congress Deeply Concerned Over Recently Disappeared Uyghur Students in Egypt

Press Release – For immediate release
26 September 2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

Egyptian authorities must immediately reveal the whereabouts of 16 Uyghur students who have been forcibly disappeared in Cairo. The recent disappearances merely exacerbate already-present violations against Uyghur students who have been arbitrarily detained since early July.

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Weekly Brief September 22

World Uyghur Congress, 22 September 2017

Situation of Detained Uyghur Students Raised in UN Human Rights Council

During the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council an Item 4 Oral Statement was made on behalf of the The Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty regarding the Uyghur students who are currently imprisoned in Egypt on baseless charges.

At least 22 have already been forcibly returned to China where they have disappeared. We fear that they may be at risk of arbitrary detention, forced re-education or torture. Approximately 200 more Uyghur, many of them students remain in detention in Egypt uncertain of their fate.

There have been reports that 12 Uyghurs were released by Egyptian authorities 2 weeks ago. We hope that the rest of the innocent Uyghur students will also be immediately released and that no more Uyghurs will be deported to China where they are at risk of torture, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance.

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Item 4 Oral Statement Regarding Detained Uyghur Students in Egypt

World Uyghur Congress, 21 September 2017

During the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council an Item 4 Oral Statement was made on behalf of the The Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty regarding the Uyghur students who are currently imprisoned in Egypt on baseless charges.

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Uyghur Woman Handed 10-Year Prison Term Over Headscarf Claim

Radio Free Asia, 20 September 2017

By Shohret Hoshur A Chinese court in the country’s northwestern Xinjiang region has jailed a young Uyghur woman for 10 years over claims by a friend that she had promoted the wearing of headscarves, a form of Islamic dress increasingly restricted by Chinese authorities, sources say.

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Uyghurs: China Operates Political and Ideological Re-Education Camps in Xinjiang

UNPO, 19 September 2017

By UNPO – Since April 2017, Chinese authorities have been running political and ideological re-education camps. In addition to the restrictions that the Uyghurs already face on their culture, language, and religion, thousands of Uyghurs are now involuntarily being put in camps. Human Rights Watch has called on the Chinese government to close these camps down immediately as they violate not only international human rights law, but they also violate China’s own constitution. China has defended the camps, stating that they are strictly for counter-extremism purposes.

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