Call for Information: Disappearances and Arbitrary Detentions of Uyghurs in ‘Re-education’ Camps

World Uyghur Congress, 12 April 2018

The World Uyghur Congress is putting out an open call for information from the Uyghur community about disappearances or arbitrary detentions of Uyghurs in ‘re-education’ camps in East Turkestan.

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Weekly Brief April 6th

World Uyghur Congress, 6 April 2018

Thousands of Uyghurs to Protest Against ‘Re-education’ Camps on April 27th in Brussels

The WUC announced in a press release this week that it will hold a large-scale march and demonstration in Brussels, Belgium on April 27th to protest against the arbitrary detention of approximately 1 million Uyghurs in ‘re-education’ camps at the hands of Chinese authorities. The demonstration is being co-organized by the World Uyghur Congress, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation.

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PRESS RELEASE: Thousands of Uyghurs to Protest Against ‘Re-education’ Camps on April 27th in Brussels

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

The Uyghur community in the diaspora will hold a large-scale demonstration in Brussels, Belgium on April 27th, 2018 against the continued use of draconian ‘re-education’ camps for nearly one million Uyghurs in East Turkestan. The demonstration will start at Meeus Square at 10:00am where participants will gather and begin to march to Schuman Square at 11:00am and end following speakers at Schuman Square at 14:00.

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Chairs Urge Ambassador Branstad to Prioritize Mass Detention of Uyghurs, Including Family Members of Radio Free Asia Employees

US Congressional-Executive Committee on China, 4 April 2018

By CECC – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), chair and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China respectively, released today a letter sent to U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad urging him to visit the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), prioritize the issue of mass surveillance and detention of the Uyghur ethnic minority population, including the detention of family members of Radio Free Asia employees, and begin collecting information on the senior officials involved with implementing this policy for possible Global Magnitsky sanctions. 

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THE FAMILIES LEFT BEHIND: RFA’S UYGHUR REPORTERS TELL THE STORIES OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS’ DETENTIONS

Radio Free Asia,  4 April 2018

By RFA Journalists – Gulchehra Hoja, the former host and creator of a children’s TV program on the history of Xinjiang, has reported for RFA’s Uyghur Service for 17 years.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Condemns Attempts by the Chinese Government to Spread Disinformation

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

The World Uyghur Congress wishes to draw attention to ongoing efforts by the Chinese government to undermine the Uyghur people’s struggle for their basic rights by drawing false parallels to terrorism and by spreading blatant lies and misinformation. 

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Weekly Brief March 30th

World Uyghur Congress, 30 March 2018

Religious Persecution of Uyghurs Increases as Xi Jinping Consolidates Power

Multiple media outlets reported this past week about the increasing and targeted religious persecution of Uyghurs in East Turkestan under Chinese President Xi Jinping. Forbes contributor Olivia Enos wrote a piece on how the religious persecution of Uyghurs and Christians in particular had increased under the rule of Xi Jinping, especially in the last year as he consolidated his absolute authority. Citing a Freedom House report, the article points to 4 general trends of religious persecution under Xi Jinping: “First, the CCP is expanding control over religious leaders and places of worship. Second, authorities are engaging in “thought reform” and “reeducation.” Third, penalties for disobeying religious restrictions are becoming harsher, sometimes even deadly. And fourth, Chinese authorities are resorting to “economic punishment, commodification, and exploitation.”

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