Weekly Brief September 21st

World Uyghur Congress, 21 September 2018

Sweden Announces Moratorium on Deportations of Uyghurs to China

The Swedish Migration Agency has made public its decision to halt deportations of Uyghurs to China until further notice. The agency published a legal analysis of the situation relevant to the decision acknowledging the systematic persecution of Uyghur refugees and asylum seekers who have been returned to China and the current human rights crisis in East Turkistan.

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World Uyghur Congress, 7 September 2018

Uyghur Family of Four in Sweden at Risk of Imminent Deportation to China

A Uyghur family of four has had their asylum claim denied several times in Sweden and are now at significant risk of being imminently deported to China where they most likely would be subjected to serious human rights violations including enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and torture.

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Weekly Brief August 31st

World Uyghur Congress, 31 August 2018

UN Committee to End Racial Discrimination Critical of China’s Treatment of Uyghurs in Findings

The UN Committee to End Racial Discrimination (CERD) published its concluding observations on its review of China on 30 August 2018. The Committee’s initial review of China gained widespread coverage as the Chinese delegation was forced to answer questions from the committee members of its rampant racial and ethnic discrimination of Uyghurs, Tibetans and other ethnicities. The Committee also raised China’s arbitrary detention of over 1 million Uyghurs in political indoctrination camps and brought considerable attention to the issue.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Demands Answers from the Chinese Government on the Countless Cases of Enforced Disappearance of Uyghurs

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

Today, the 30th of August, marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. On this day, we remember the countless Uyghurs and all those around the world who have been forcibly disappeared. This day is an important occasion to keep the victims of enforced disappearance in our collective memory and to continue to seek justice and accountability on their behalf.

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Weekly Brief August 24th

World Uyghur Congress, 24 August 2018

Germany Halts All Deportations of Uyghurs to China

It was announced this week that the German government has decided not to deport Uyghurs or other Muslim minority to China due to the severe persecution Uyghurs are subjected to on behalf of their ethnic identity. The halt in deportations was a result of an information request from German MP Margarete Bause and her team, as well as work from the World Uyghur Congress and civil society organisations to raise awareness of the situation in East Turkistan.

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World Leaders Opt For China’s Money Over The Rights Of 1 Million Jailed Muslims

Huffington Post, 18 August 2018

By Akbar Shahid Ahmed – Now that United Nations experts have endorsed widespread reports that China is holding a million members of its Muslim minority Uighur community in internment camps, the Chinese government’s denials of a crackdown look flimsier than ever. Activists and reporters who have documented the repression appear vindicated and awareness about the crisis seems to be growing ― but there’s no certainty of resulting international pressure from governments like the United States that experts see as essential to forcing change.

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Xinjiang Authorities Detain Uyghur Philanthropist, Three Others, Over Alleged Ties to Education Fund

Radio Free Asia, 17 August 2018

By Jilil Musha – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have detained a prominent ethnic Uyghur philanthropist, his brother, and two of the brother’s business partners, according to a family member, who said they were targeted for their perceived ties to a Uyghur education fund.

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China Detains Uighurs on a Vast Scale

The Wall Street Journal, 18 August 2018

By Eva Dou – China has sharply expanded an internment program that initially targeted ethnic Uighur extremists but is now confining vast numbers of the largely Muslim minority group, including the secular, old and infirm, in camps across the country’s northwest.

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