Japan’s New PM Shinzo Abe Assumes Office Amid Tensions with China

IBT, 26 December 2012

Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who is considered a “hawk” on foreign policy issues, especially China, is assuming office amid tensions over territorial disputes.

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China’s Claims on South China Sea Grow Challenge for ASEAN, World

VoA News, 25 December 2012

BANGKOK, THAILAND — China’s increasing assertiveness about disputed territory in the South China Sea is posing a major challenge to unity in the Association of SouthEast Asian Nations.

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An open letter of congratulation to the Prime Minister of Japan Mr Shinzo Abe

By WUC President, 25 December 2012

Your Excellency,

It is with upmost pleasure that I have the great honour of writing to you today to express my congratulations on behalf of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) upon hearing of your appointment as the Prime Minister of Japan and the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan’s victory in the December elections.

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Deported Uyghurs Jailed

RFA, 22 December 2012

Nearly a dozen Uyghurs repatriated from Malaysia to China are sent to prison for ‘separatism.’

A group of 11 Uyghurs repatriated from Malaysia to China last year has been sentenced to prison on separatism charges, according to a relative and friends in their hometown.

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Farmers Pressed Into Road Work

RFA, 20 December 2012

Uyghurs must construct public roads for free or face fines.

Uyghur farmers are being forced to work on road construction without pay as part of a new infrastructure policy in northwestern China, according to residents.

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WUC Condemns Ongoing Imprisonment of Cambodian Uyghurs Three Years On

Press Release – For immediate release
19 December 2012
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 orcontact@uyghurcongress.org

Three years ago today, 20 Uyghur refugees were deported to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from Cambodia amidst widespread condemnation after repeated calls of concern for their safety resulting from past evidence of mistreatment of returned refugees and general human rights concerns went unmet. Those fears were proved to have been warranted as 17 remain detained and sentenced to harsh terms of imprisonment following closed trials lacking any due process, nor meeting accepted international legal norms.

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Student Battles Travel Ban

RFA, 20 December 2012

Chinese authorities refuse passports to Uyghurs in defiance of official rules.

A Uyghur university student has begun an online campaign in a protest against Chinese authorities’ repeated refusals to issue her a passport.

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WUC Celebrates 20th Anniversary of UN Declaration on Minorities, Calls for More to Be Done

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

Twenty years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities continues to serve as a benchmark towards which States should aim in order to guarantee the flourishment of their respective minority communities. The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) greatly welcomes the 20th year of this milestone declaration, though it calls on the international community to do more to ensure the universality of its implementation, including in the People’s Republic of China.

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