Announcement: WUC to Hold Youth Training Seminar in Washington, DC

Press Release – For immediate release
31 March 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

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The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) under the co-sponsorship of the Uyghur American Association (UAA) and the International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation, and with support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) will convene a youth training seminar that will take place in Washington, DC, from May 6-8, 2015.

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Activists call China’s jailing of Muslim over beard ‘absurd’

Al Jazeera America, 31 March 2015

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AJ America International  A six-year prison sentence reportedly given to a man in China’s traditionally Muslim Xinjiang region for growing a beard was “absurd,” an overseas advocacy group said.

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Chinese court jails Uygur for 6 years for growing beard

South China Morning Post, 29 March 2015

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AFP Beijing  A court in China’s mainly Muslim Xinjiang region has sentenced a man to six years in prison for “provoking trouble” and growing a beard, a practise discouraged by local authorities, a newspaper reported Sunday.

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Court Rules Suspected Uighur Family Must Remain in Thai Custody

VoA News, 28 March 2015

A862EBAE-217B-4E2B-BE22-FA682D9540AB_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy6_cw0By Steve Herman  A Thai court Friday ruled that a family of 17 – suspected to be Uighur Muslims – must remain in custody until their nationalities are proven. The court rejected the refugee family’s contention that indefinite detention in the kingdom is illegal. It said Thai authorities must continue to hold them until identification documents are received from both China and Turkey.

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Thai Court Rules Year-Long Detention of Suspected Uyghurs is Legal

Radio Free Asia, 28 March 2015

9573a284-4217-420f-87dd-1bb0aa00053dRFA Uyghur Service  A court in Thailand on Friday rejected claims that a family of 17 suspected ethnic Muslim Uyghurs held by immigration authorities for a year had been illegally detained, as the group’s lawyer and supporters vowed to appeal the ruling.

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Authorities Put 25 Hotan Uyghurs on Public Trial for ‘Endangering State Security’

RFA, 28 March 2015

imageRFA Uyghur Service  Authorities in an area known for violence between ethnic minority Uyghurs and Han Chinese in China’s restive, far-western Xinjiang region put on trial 25 people who were teaching Islamic religious studies or sending their children to schools that offered such classes, local officials said.

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Groups Launch Campaigns in Support of Jailed, Slain Journalists

Voice of America, 27 March 2015

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By Isabella Cocoli  Two international organizations launched campaigns Thursday to raise public awareness about journalists around the world who are jailed because of their work or are killed in the line of duty.

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Rights group urges Thailand to let ‘Uighur’ go to Turkey

Anadolu Agency, 27 March 2015

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Bangkok  An international human rights organization has called on Thailand not to become a pawn in China’s persecution of Muslim Uighur, as a Bangkok court prepares to rule on the fate of a detained family.

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