Event Announcement: WUC to Hold Youth Training Seminars in Stockholm, Sweden

Press Release – For immediate release
30 August  2017

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

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) uunder the co-sponsorship of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Sweden Uyghur Education Union, and with support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) will convene a youth training seminar that will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from October 14-15, 2017. The training will be preceded by a conference on religious freedom and language rights on October 13th.

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CPEC: CONNECTIVITY OR PERSECUTION OF UYGHURS

The Daily Pioneer, 26 August 2017

By Dolkun Isa – The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been touted by China and its supporters as a groundbreaking initiative, which will bring Central Asia together with increased connectivity and historic prosperity for all. It has been heralded by China as the flagship programme of its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, now called the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is a massive infrastructure project seeking to create a 21st century “Silk Route” connecting Asia with Europe through building and upgrading transportation and communication infrastructure.

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Weekly Brief August 18th

World Uyghur Congress, 18 August 2017

WUC Issues Press Release Expressing Alarm at Uyghur Language Ban

The World Uyghur Congress issued a press release this week after it emerged that Chinese authorities in the Hotan prefecture had decided to completely ban the Uyghur language at all education levels up to and including secondary school at the start of the fall semester in September 2017.

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China’s Muslim minority banned from using their own language in schools

The Independent, 3 August 2017

By Caroline Mortimer – A majority Muslim group in China have been banned from using its language in schools.

The Uighur population in the restive western Xinjiang province, are ethnically distinct from China’s majority Han population.

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China Bans Uyghur Language in Schools in Key Xinjiang Prefecture

Radio Free Asia, 28 July 2017

By Eset Sulaiman  Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have issued a directive completely banning the use of the Uyghur language at all education levels up to and including secondary school, according to official sources, and those found in violation of the order will face “severe punishment.”

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International Uyghur Language Day 2017: Linguistic rights a cornerstone in protecting Uyghur identity

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 16 June 2017

UHRP — On the occasion of International Uyghur Language Day, June 15th 2017, the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) invites all concerned individuals, human rights groups and governments to speak out against Chinese government policies aimed at undermining the linguistic rights of the Uyghur people. UHRP also encourages the international community to protect linguistic diversity as a critical aspect of building resilient ethnic minorities in an age cultural assimilation.

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Uyghurs Rally Around Language in Face of Pressures From China

Radio Free Asia, 15 June 2017

By Eset Sulayman — Members of the worldwide community of Uyghurs rallied on Thursday in defense of their language, warning that their Turkic tongue and cultural identity are under threat from heavy-handed Chinese policies to assimilate the central Asian ethnic group.

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