Weekly Brief June 16th

World Uyghur Congress, 16 June 2017

Uyghurs Punished for Observing Ramadan in China

At least 100 people were fined or sent to reeducation classes ostensibly aimed at opposing religious extremism, merely for exercising their religious rights and freedoms by observing the holy month of Ramadan, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported.

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Weekly Brief June 9th

World Uyghur Congress, 9 June 2017

Chinese Cadres Move in With Families During Ramadan

After reports to the World Uyghur Congress had already surfaced, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported this week that Chinese officials have been embedded in the homes of Uyghur families in East Turkestan. Officials in Hotan prefecture said that the local government has assigned Chinese Communist Party cadres to each Uyghur family for monitoring purposes.

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Weekly Brief June 2nd

World Uyghur Congress, 2 June 2017

World Uyghur Congress Joins Demonstration in Brussels

The World Uyghur Congress, along with International Campaign for Tibet as well as a number of other NGOs, participated in a demonstration on June 2nd at Schuman Circle, Brussels. The demonstration brought together members of the Uyghur and Tibetan communities along with representatives from European Parliament, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Federation for Human Rights, among others.

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Weekly Brief May 25

World Uyghur Congress, 25 May 2017

China Releases Draft Intelligence Law

China quietly released the first public draft of a new National Intelligence Law late last week on May 17th that has raised real concerns from civil society about its impact on their own work and on the privacy of vulnerable groups.

Among other things, the law requires that all Chinese citizens collaborate with national intelligence collection and authorizes Chinese intelligence agencies overseas to use “the necessary means and channels” through their work. Most concerning, requires intelligence agencies to collect and process information on foreign groups and individuals operating in China that allegedly fund, incite or implement acts that “endanger national security.”

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Weekly Brief May 18th

World Uyghur Congress, 18 May 2017

World Uyghur Congress Releases Comprehensive Human Rights Report

The World Uyghur Congress released its annual report on the human rights situation in East Turkestan covering events of 2016. The report continues from the previous two years in presenting a detailed review of China’s actions in East Turkestan vis-à-vis the Uyghur population there and provides in-depth analysis of the most critical issues facing Uyghurs. The goal of the report is to bring renewed attention to recent human rights violations perpetrated by the Chinese government against Uyghurs in East Turkestan.

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Weekly Brief May 11th

World Uyghur Congress, 11 May 2017

Uyghur Students Overseas Ordered Back to China

After weeks of speculation, the World Uyghur Congress has learned that thousands of Uyghur students studying abroad have been ordered to return home before May 20 by the Uyghur Autonomous Regional government. Thus far, students studying in Egypt, Turkey, France, Australia, and the United States have already been affected by the orders.

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