UNPO and WUC Release Joint Statement on the UN International Day Against Nuclear Tests

UNPO, 30 August 2012

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Brussels – As the world marks the 2012 UN International Day Against Nuclear Tests – eighteen months after the Fukushima nuclear accident – the risks of civil and military nuclear power have never been clearer since the Chernobyl accident of 1986.

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Jailed for Helping Students

RFA, 29 September 2012

Ten Uyghurs are serving prison sentences for allegedly working against the state through their charity foundation.

An activist Uyghur doctor and nine fellow members of a foundation they set up to help poor Uyghur students in China’s remote Xinjiang region have been thrown in jail for allegedly working against the state, sources said.

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Human Rights Violations against Uyghurs Discussed at 21st Session of the Human Rights Council

Press Release – For immediate release
27 September 2012
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

In light of the ongoing human rights violations in East Turkestan, the plight of the Uyghurs has been mentioned on several occasions during the 21st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is currently being held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and due to end tomorrow. The Human Rights Council is one of the most important venues for discussion of human rights issues. The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has been working hard to bring the Uyghur human rights situation to the attention of the international community. Several stakeholders, including state delegations and NGOs, have responded, of which the WUC is greatly appreciative.

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Uyghurs Eye Leadership Change

RFA, 26 September 2012

Overseas Uyghurs ponder what Xi Jinping’s rise will spell for China’s far northwest.

Uyghurs abroad are watching China’s upcoming leadership change for signs of improvement in policies toward their homeland in the west of China, but there may not be much room for optimism, some exile Uyghurs say.

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How China’s Mainstream Media Ignored the Anti-Japanese Riots

The Atlantic, 26 September 2012

It’s already entered the annals of China’s brief but rich Internet history: On Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, posts showing massive anti-Japan protests in China went viral on September 15th and 16th. Out in the real world, protestors across dozens of Chinese cities marched in the thousands.

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UPDATE: International Conference on the Upcoming Chinese Leadership Change and its Potential Impact on Uyghur

Press Release – For immediate release
25 September 2012
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The East Turkestan Union in Europe and The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) are set to hold an international conference addressing the impact of the Chinese leadership on the Uyghur human rights situation. The conference has been organised in collaboration with and support from the Bavarian parliamentary groups of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Green Party (Bündnis/90 Die Grünen). Attendees will hear from a variety of speakers who possess a wealth of expertise in the field of human rights in China and, more specifically, in those relating to the Uyghurs in East Turkestan.

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China says first aircraft carrier entering service, although not ready for combat or planes

The Washington Post, 25 September 2012

BEIJING — China formally entered its first aircraft carrier into service on Tuesday, underscoring its ambitions to be a leading Asian naval power, although the ship is not expected to carry a full complement of planes or be ready for combat for some time.

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