The WUC remains deeply concerned about the continued use of enforced disappearances by the Chinese government

Press Release – For immediate release
31 August 2014
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

 The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) would like to call attention to the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, which took place on August 30, 2014. The WUC remains deeply concerned about the continued use of enforced disappearances by the Chinese government and urges the international community to stand together to condemn the use of this abhorrent practice. The practice has been used throughout the country as a means to silence activists, lawyers, artists and bloggers who act as vocal critics and opponents of the regime; something that must be respected as a fundamental and widely accepted human right.

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China fiddles: While Xinjiang burns

The Daily Star, 31 August 2014

The far Western province of China known as Xinjiang is a huge swathe of land the size of Great Britain, France, Germany and Spain combined. If it was an independent country it would be the world’s 16th largest.

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A Uighur jade trader gets a rare chance to visit Hong Kong and has a taste of the freedom he does not enjoy back home

Foreign Policy, 30 August 2014

The Chinese government has intensified its political and religious control over China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, where terrorist attacks allegedly perpetrated by Muslim Uighur separatists have killed scores of people in recent months.

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China is now using drones to catch “terrorists” in Xinjiang

Quartz, 30 August 2014

The Chinese government announced last week (Chinese) that it had deployed drones to the autonomous western region of Xinjiang, where separatist attacks have been on the rise in recent years.

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Uyghur linguist sentenced to 18-month prison term in China

LSA, 30 August 2014

The LSA has learned from news reports published this week that Abduweli Ayup has been ordered to pay a large fine and continue his detention in a Chinese prison for the next six months.

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China Offers Cash For Marriage to Promote Assimilation in Xinjiang

RFA, 29 August 2014

Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have announced a slew of cash incentives for interracial marriages between members of ethnic minority groups and majority Han Chinese, local officials said.

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Uygurs seek independent probe into Xinjiang riots

NHK, 28 August 2014

An organization of ethnic Uygurs living abroad is demanding an independent international investigation into last month’s riots in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

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China’s Mandarin Teaching Drive Sparks Uyghur Anger

RFA, 28 August 2014

Authorities in the Chinese capital have sent dozens of volunteer teachers to the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang in a bid to boost comprehension of Mandarin among local ethnic minority Uyghurs, official media reported.

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