Weekly Brief February 23rd

World Uyghur Congress, 23 February 2018

WUC Celebrates Uyghur Language on International Mother Languages Day

The WUC marked the occasion of the UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day by issuing a press release celebrating the Uyghur language and drawing attention to the threats posed to it by assimilatory policies by the Chinese authorities, especially the Uyghur language ban in all levels of education in the Hotan prefecture. 

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On International Mother Language Day the WUC Calls on China to Reverse Uyghur Language Ban

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

On UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day, the World Uyghur Congress reminds the international community that the Uyghur language continues to be critically suppressed by the Chinese government in East Turkestan, with efforts  over the last year amounting to an outright ban of the language as a medium of instruction in schools affecting hundreds of thousands of students.

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Weekly Brief December 1st

World Uyghur Congress, 1 December 2017

WUC Participates in 10th UN Forum on Minority Issues

Representatives from the World Uyghur Congress travelled to Geneva last week to participate in the 10th session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues. The central topic of this year’s Forum was ‘Minority Youth: towards inclusive and diverse societies’ and discussion were organised into 4 thematic panels focusing on the importance of  education in ‘minority’ communities, youth public participation, strategies for using the digital space and empowering ‘minority’ youth as agents of change for peace and stability.

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UN Minority Forum Side Event: ‘Native Languages in a Contemporary World: Threats and Challenges for Youth’

World Uyghur Congress, 27 November 2017

The WUC, in cooperation with the Society for Threatened Peoples, will hold a side event Friday, December 1, from 13:00-14:00 in room XXVII at the Palais des Nations, at the 10th session of the UN Minority Forum – Native Languages in a Contemporary World: Threats and Challenges for Youth. The purpose of the event is to discuss the importance of native language to a people and the contemporary threats and challenges to its continued use. Whether it be due to the intentional actions of an oppressive government or the pressures from our contemporary globalised society, many native languages have come under strain, especially with the younger generation. This event intends to address these significant challenges to native languages by giving a platform to the youth to articulate what they think about their native language, how they relate to it and what pressures and difficulties they face when learning and using their native language.

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Re-education camps make a comeback in China’s far-west

UCA News, 24 October 2017

UCA News — In the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, so called political re-education camps have been proliferating in the lead up to the 19th Communist Party Congress.

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Launch of ‘Friends of Uyghur’ Friendship Group in the European Parliament Brings Together MEPs, NGOs and Public to Celebrate Uyghur Community Culture

UNPO, 20 October 2017

UNPO — On 19 October 2017, the newly formed Uyghur Friendship Group, in collaboration with MEPs Csaba Sógor and Ilhan Kyuchyuk, marked its inaugural event with a celebration of the Uyghur culture. The launch brought together a variety of people including representatives from NGOs, MEPs, members of the Uyghur diaspora and the wider public and drew attention to this people’s vibrant culture, while also calling for the need to protect their cultural rights.

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China Bans Use of Uyghur, Kazakh Textbooks, Materials in Xinjiang Schools

Radio Free Asia, 14 October 2017

By Qiao Long and Yang Fan – Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned the use of ethnic minority languages in schools in at least one part of the region, RFA has learned.

A recent directive sent out by the local education bureau to schools in Yining county in Xinjiang’s Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture bans the use of any textbooks or teaching materials written in the languages of the mostly Muslim Uyghur and Kazakh ethnic groups.

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The Human Costs of Controlling Xinjiang

The Diplomat, 10 October 2017

By Zachary Torrey – The Uyghurs, one of the largest ethnic minority groups in China, have an unfortunate lot. As a group, they possess two key factors which encourage the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to repress them. First, they have a strong ethnic identity which is separate from the principal Han ethnic group which dominates the CCP.

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