PRESS RELEASE: WUC CALLS ON FRENCH PRESIDENT MACRON TO RAISE HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS DURING VISIT

Press Release – For immediate release
5 January 2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

Ahead of his official visit to China next week from January 8th – 10th, the World Uyghur Congress would like to call on the French President, Emmanuel Macron, to raise human rights concerns, especially the numerous violations perpetrated against the Uyghur people, with his counterparts in Beijing.

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Weekly Brief January 5th

World Uyghur Congress, 5 January 2017

Uyghurs Detained in ‘Re-education Camps’ Subjected to Overcrowding, Squalid Conditions

This week, Radio Free Asia reported that the thousands of innocent Uyghurs detained in the government-run ‘re-education camps’ in Korea city are enduring terrible conditions as they are being held against their will and subjected to indoctrination. Citing a former employee at the camps, Radio Free Asia reported that the Uyghurs detained in these facilities were held in overcrowded and squalid conditions, due to the large numbers of Uyghurs being held there. Despite this, more Uyghurs and being arrested and sent to these facilities daily.

China’s Surveillance of Uyghurs Intensifies

Globe and Mail Reporter Nathan VanderKlippe, who was briefly detained by Chinese authorities earlier in the year for reporting on the situation in East Turkestan, reported on the massive efforts taken by the Chinese government to monitor and track the Uyghur people in East Turkestan. Even in rural villages, the streets are filled with security cameras and police stations are a common sight, in some areas they are less than 500 meters apart.This overbearing surveillance and constant monitoring of all activities has made life difficult for all people in East Turkestan.

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Interview: ‘I Thought I Had Completed My Duty as a Father’

Radio Free Asia, 3 January 2018

Naman Bawdun, a Uyghur former head and Communist Party secretary of Awat township’s Bashawat village, in Bayin’gholin Mongol (in Chinese, Bayinguoleng Menggu) Autonomous Prefecture’s Korla (Kuerle) city, was one of only four residents of Xinjiang to have ever received China’s “Ethnic Unity Prize.”

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Uyghur Inmates in Xinjiang’s Korla City Endure Overcrowded Re-Education Camps

Radio Free Asia, 3 January 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Political re-education camp inmates in Korla (in Chinese, Kuerle) city, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, endure cramped and squalid conditions in facilities where as many as 1,000 detainees are admitted every few days, according to a former official.

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China’s crackdown on Uighurs spreads to even mild critics

AP News, 28 December 2017

By Gerry Shih – Zhang Haitao was a rare voice in China, a member of the ethnic Han majority who for years had criticized the government on social media for its treatment of the minority Muslim Uighurs.

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Weekly Brief December 29th

World Uyghur Congress, 29 December 2017

Collection of DNA from Uyghur People by Chinese Authorities a Major Concern

As was reported in the Pacific Standard Magazine, the actions taken by the Chinese government to gather DNA and biometric data from the Uyghur people, Chinese dissidents and other ethnic populations should be a major concern for all of the world’s citizens. The mass collection of biometric data is being used to create a massive database to more easily monitor and control the Uyghur population and to silence dissenters. This is being done on an unprecedented scale and has been assisted by an American firm Thermo Fischer Scientific. This dystopian and repressive approach will surely have impacts beyond those on the Uyghur and Chinese populations. The rest of the world should be very concerned about what is occurring, as other repressive government may soon follow China’s example.

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AMERICANS SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT CHINA’S LATEST PRIVACY VIOLATION

Pacific Standard, 21 December 2017

By Massoud Hayoun – Local governments in the far-Western Chinese region of Xinjiang began collecting biometric data from residents in February, Human Rights Watch reported last week. The HRW report cites directives found primarily on local government websites, some of which have since been taken down. The biometric data included DNA samples, fingerprints, and iris scans, often collected during physical examinations, billed to the public as a social benefit designed to uplift the region’s economically distressed residents.

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China to Punish ‘Two-Faced’ Uyghur Officials in New Reward Scheme

Radio Free Asia, 26 December 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – Rewards provided by authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region to tipsters for outing would-be “terrorists” are also being offered to those reporting ethnic Uyghur officials and public figures suspected of “disloyalty” to Beijing, according to sources.

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