To Host the Olympics, It Helps to Be a Bit Oppressive

The Wall Street Journal, 31 July 2015


By Will Davies  Forget snow, mountains and earmuffs: The must-have for a 2022 Winter Olympic bid is a dodgy attitude about human rights. Hurray! That, at least, is how critics see it (without the “hurray”).

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Turkey’s Erdogan Visits China Amid Tensions Over Uyghurs

Radio Free Europe, 30 July 2015


RFE Uyghur Service  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for talks in Beijing amid tensions over China’s treatment of its Uyghur minority. The two leaders agreed on July 29 to strengthen cooperation in fighting terror and people smuggling, according to a senior Chinese diplomat.

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Why Does the World Uyghur Congress Oppose China’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics?

WUC, 29 July 2015


World Uyghur Congress  The Uyghur community strongly opposes the granting of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games to Beijing along with a number of other groups in China, including Tibetans and Southern Mongolians. We have attached a document outlining our 8 major concerns with China being granted the games.

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Beijing must not win 2022 Winter Olympics bid, say human rights activists

The Guardian, 29 July 2015


By Tom Phillips  Chinese activists are calling on the International Olympic Committee to reject Beijing’s bid to host the 2022 Winter Games in response to what they call a human rights crisis in the country.

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Turkey president Erdogan in China amid Uighur tensions

BBC, 29 July 2015


BBC Asia  Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Beijing for a state visit to meet Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Mr Erdogan is leading a delegation of businessmen in talks expected to focus on economic ties.

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Beijing ‘Unfit’ to Stage 2022 Olympics: Ethnic Minority Groups

Radio Free Asia, 29 July 2015


RFA Uyghur Service  Ethnic minority groups are calling on the International Olympic Committee not to award the 2022 Winter Games to Beijing, saying that China’s rights record actually worsened as a result of the 2008 Summer Games hosted by Beijing.

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WUC Commemorates 1st Anniversary of Yarkand Massacre and Urges the International Community to Respond

Press Release – For immediate release
28 July 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or


On this first anniversary of the Yarkand massacre, the World Uyghur Congress remembers all those who were killed on July 28th, 2014 and in the days following. It has been one year since Chinese security forces violently suppressed a mass protest and we have witnessed only an escalation in discriminatory state policies that have led to the deaths of hundreds and the detention of thousands.

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Turkish help for Muslim Uighur refugees looms over Erdogan visit to Beijing

Reuters, 28 July 2015

Uighur refugee boys read the Koran where they are housed in a gated complex in the central city of Kayseri, Turkey, February 11, 2015. Thousands of members of China's Turkic language-speaking Muslim ethnic minority have reached Turkey, mostly since last year, infuriating Beijing, which accuses Ankara of helping its citizens flee unlawfully. Turkish officials deny playing any direct role in assisting the flight. Picture taken February 11, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-CHINA/UIGHURS REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RTX1LZBI

Reuters Staff  The folded piece of paper with a photo of a four-month-old baby tells a story that will loom over Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Chinese hosts when he visits Beijing this week.

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