Weekly Brief September 15th

World Uyghur Congress, 15 September 2017

World Uyghur Congress Attends the UN Human Rights Council 36th Session

This week, representatives from the World Uyghur Congress have been attending the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Uyghur Congress has been active in working with other NGOs, UN officials and the Permanent Missions to the UN to raise the numerous human rights violations being committed against the Uyghur people and to discuss ways that the situation could be improved.

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Weekly Brief September 8th

World Uyghur Congress, 8 September 2017

Human Rights Watch Publishes a Report on China’s Efforts to Undermine Human Rights at the UN

This week, Human Rights Watch published a report entitled ‘The Costs of International Advocacy: China’s Interference in United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms’. At a press conference in Geneva, Ken Roth, the chief of Human Rights Watch, unveiled the report and spoke about the repeated efforts by Chinese authorities to block activists, harass experts and silence any criticism of its poor human rights record. He called out the failure of the UN and other countries to address China’s efforts to undermine human rights mechanisms in the UN and to deprive human rights defenders of a forum to voice their concerns.

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Weekly Brief September 1st

World Uyghur Congress, 1 September 2017

World Uyghur Congress Remembers Victims of Enforced Disappearance on International Day

To mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance on 30 August 2017, the WUC issued a press release remembering the hundreds of Uyghurs who have disappeared and joined other rights groups in calling on the Chinese government to immediately cease this barbaric practice and to pursue justice for the victims and their families. The World Uyghur Congress documented 139 verified cases of Uyghurs who have been forcibly disappeared by Chinese police or security forces, though the number is certainly much higher.

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Weekly Brief August 25th

World Uyghur Congress, 25 August 2017

WUC Denounces Unjust Sentencing of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Leaders in Press Release

The World Uyghur Congress issued a Press Release this week expressing its strong concern after the unjust sentencing of Hong Kong pro-democracy figures Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow. The result leaves no doubt that Hong Kong authorities have chosen to side with injustice and the silencing of peaceful dissent since the rise of the umbrella movement in 2014.

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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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Weekly Brief August 11th

World Uyghur Congress, 11 August 2017

China Targets Kazakh Ethnic Group

A number of reports this week further indicate that Chinese authorities in are increasingly targeting the Kazakh minority in East Turkestan. The Kazakhs are Turkic people and predominately Muslim, like the Uyghurs, who also constitute a sizable ethnic group in China, with between 1.25-1.5 million reportedly living in East Turkestan.

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Weekly Brief August 4th

World Uyghur Congress, 4 August 2017

WUC General Secretary Briefly Detained in Rome, Italy

On 26 July 2017, Dolkun Isa, General Secretary of the World Uyghur Congress and UNPO Member, was arrested by 15-20 General Investigations and Special Operations Division (DIGOS) officers outside the entrance of the Italian Senate. Isa was scheduled to speak at a conference organised by UNPO in collaboration with the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty and hosted by Senator Luigi Compagna, entitled “SOS Rule of Law: The Uyghur Emergency“.

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World Uyghur Congress, 21 July 2017

China Launches Racial Profiling Campaign Targeting Uyghurs

According to Radio Free Asia, Chinese authorities in East Turkestan have launched a racial profiling campaign in the region to assess the security threat posed by the non-Han Chinese population in Urumqi. A form was distributed to the residents of Urumqi to collect information and grade individuals based on 10 categories including Between Ages of 15 and 55, Ethnic Uyghur, Unemployed, Possesses Passport, Prays Daily, Possesses Religious Knowledge, Visited [one of] 26 [flagged] Countries, Belated Return to China, Has Association With Foreign Country, and Family With Children Who Are Homeschooled. The campaign reportedly specifically targets the Uyghur population and labels them as more likely to be a security threat, based solely on their ethnicity.

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