Event Announcement: WUC to Hold Youth Training Seminars in Stockholm, Sweden

Press Release – For immediate release
30 August  2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) uunder the co-sponsorship of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Sweden Uyghur Education Union, and with support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) will convene a youth training seminar that will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from October 14-15, 2017. The training will be preceded by a conference on religious freedom and language rights on October 13th.

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Rights Groups, Victims’ Families Call For Action Over China’s Enforced Disappearances

Radio Free Asia, 30 August 2017

By Wen Yuqing and Lam Kwok-lap – Rights groups hit out at Beijing on Wednesday amid growing calls for justice for the victims of enforced disappearances at the hands of the Chinese government, calling for an end to the widespread practice of holding detainees for long periods of time in an unknown location, with no access to lawyers or family members.

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Why China must scrap new laws that tighten the authorities’ grip on religious practice

Amnesty International, 31 August 2017

By Roseann Rife – As millions of Muslims worldwide prepare for the Hajj, those hoping to independently undertake the journey from China are more likely to end up in jail than in Saudi Arabia.

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Press Release: The World Uyghur Congress Remembers the Victims of Enforced Disappearance

Press Release – For immediate release
30 August  2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

Today, the 30th of August, marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. On this day, we remember all those across the world who have been forcibly disappeared, including the hundreds of Uyghurs who have disappeared at the hands of Chinese police and military personnel. This day is an important occasion to keep the victims of enforced disappearance in our collective memory and to continue to seek justice and accountability on their behalf.

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Urumqi Officials Confirm Security Checks For Uyghur, Kazakh Vehicle Registrants

Radio Free Asia, 29 August 2017

By Kurban Niyaz – Authorities in the capital of northwestern China’s Xinjiang region are requiring all ethnic Uyghur and Kazakh individuals to undergo a stringent background check before registering a vehicle in the city, official sources have confirmed.

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China Looks at Western Universities and Smells Weakness

Foreign Policy, 28 August 2017

By Christopher Balding – Cambridge University Press’s announcement that it had removed 300 articles of the China Quarterly from its Chinese website at the request of regulators reignited the debate on academic freedom in China. Following massive pushback, the publisher announced that it would not censor the requested articles and even went so far as to make them available for free.

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China official says Xinjiang’s Muslims are “happiest in world”

Reuters, 25 August 2017

By Ben Blanchard – Muslims living in China’s far western region of Xinjiang are the happiest in the world and people should not believe the lies spread by extremists and their Western supporters, a senior official wrote on Friday in an unusually strongly worded piece.

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Xinjiang Authorities Subsidize Uyghurs to Relocate to Han Districts of Urumqi

Radio Free Asia, 25 August 2017

By Eset Sulaiman and Kurban Niyaz – Authorities in the capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang region are offering Uyghur residents large subsidies to relocate from districts dominated by their ethnic group to those largely inhabited by majority Han Chinese as part of a new policy aimed at “promoting unity,” according to official sources.

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