PRESS RELEASE: WUC Commemorates the 30 Year Anniversary of 1988 Uyghur Student Protests

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

The World Uyghur Congress commemorates the 30th anniversary of Uyghur student protests in Urumqi on June 15th, 1988. The protests themselves stood as an early reaction to Chinese policies in the 1980s that openly discriminated against the Uyghur students in particular, and one of the first large-scale public responses to discriminatory policies against Uyghurs that many students felt.

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China: At Summit, EU Should ‘Throw Full Weight Behind’ Human Rights

Human Rights Watch, 14 June 2018

European Union leaders should publicly and privately demand that China release those deprived of their liberty for exercising human rights, including poet Liu Xia, the widow of the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, and Swedish publisher Gui Minhai, Human Rights Watch said today in a joint letter with 23 other nongovernmental organizations. 

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Celebrates the Importance of Language on International Uyghur Language Day 2018

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

On June 15th, the WUC celebrates the unique Uyghur language and its importance to Uyghur culture, history and society, in recognition of International Uyghur Language Day 2018.

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Interview: ‘The Most Painful Part of Losing My Mother’

Radio Free Asia, 13 June 2018

Dolkun Isa, the president of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress exile group, recently learned from a close family friend that his mother, Ayhan Memet, died in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) on May 17 at the age of 78.

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The WUC Notes the Passing of Ayxan Memet, Mother of WUC President Dolkun Isa

World Uyghur Congress, 11 June 2018

It is with our deepest sadness and sympathies, that we note the passing of Ayxan Memet, mother of WUC President, Dolkun Isa, who passed away on May 17th, 2018, at the age of 78.

News only reached family members outside of East Turkistan early this morning, June 11th, nearly a full month later, making worse already tragic circumstances. Mr. Isa has not been able to see his mother or any other family members for the past 24 years after he was forced to flee the country in 1994.

Mrs. Memet, born in 1940 in Aksu prefecture, East Turkistan, was under very close surveillance for more than two decades and wished that she would be able to see her son one last time, but the wish would not be realised.

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Issue 27: Mass Arbitrary Detention of Uyghur Muslims

World Uyghur Congress, 11 June 2018

One of the principle targets of the Chinese government’s strategy to stabilize and culturally assimilate the Uyghur population has been the practice of Islam. The mass incarceration of Uyghurs also forms part of the Party Secretary Chen Quanguo’s ‘de-extremification’ efforts in the region, which has tried to conflate the peaceful practice of Islam and any expression of Uyghur dissent with ‘extremism’ and terrorism. 

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Weekly Brief June 8th

World Uyghur Congress, 8 June 2018

WUC Protested in Berlin to urge UN member states to take action

Before meeting with government officials, WUC representatives, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) and members of the Uyghur community in Germany protested at Brandenburger Tor in Berlin.

This protest was meant to urge states to take action to release the estimated 1 million Uyghurs arbitrary detained in political indoctrination camps East Turkistan.

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Growing Influence of Authoritarian States at UN a Threat to NGOs

Inter Press Service, 8 June 2018

By Ulrich Delius – Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) are an important partner of the United Nations to implement the UN Charter and to strengthen its values. But in times when authoritarian regimes are increasing their influence in the United Nations, especially human rights groups are coming under pressure in the world organization.

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