World Uyghur Congress Makes Intervention at 10th UN Forum on Minority Issues

World Uyghur Congress, 30 November 2017

The World Uyghur Congress took the floor on November 30th during the 10th UN Forum on Minority Issues to speak about language rights among the Uyghur community in East Turkestan during a panel discussion on the importance of Education in minority communities.

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Uyghur activist Ilham Tohti to be awarded LI’s Prize for Freedom in The Hague

Liberal International, 30 November 2017

Liberal International – Directors of the Ilham Tohti Initiative will receive Liberal International’s Prize for Freedom in recognition of the imprisoned Uyghur’s campaign of conciliation between Han Chinese and Muslim Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang province, at a special ceremony to take place in The Hague, The Netherlands on 30th November.

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Uyghur Asylum Seeker Detained in Dubai Feared Deported to China

Radio Free Asia, 29 November 2017

By Shohret Hoshur – An ethnic Uyghur asylum seeker who applied for protection through the United Nations’ refugee agency has been detained in Dubai, according to the man’s wife, who said she fears he may have been forcibly repatriated to China, where he could face imprisonment, torture, and other forms of punishment.

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The Fifth Poison: the Harassment of Uyghurs Overseas

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 28 November 2017

UHRP – The Chinese authorities’ recent coercion of Uyghur students studying abroad to return home has drawn international attention to the government’s campaign of harassment and control of Uyghurs living outside of China. However, this campaign is a long-standing one and has created a climate of fear even in Western countries.  A new report from the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) seeks to document the various methods the Chinese government employs to monitor and harass Uyghurs living overseas. 

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UN Minority Forum Side Event: ‘Native Languages in a Contemporary World: Threats and Challenges for Youth’

World Uyghur Congress, 27 November 2017

The WUC, in cooperation with the Society for Threatened Peoples, will hold a side event Friday, December 1, from 13:00-14:00 in room XXVII at the Palais des Nations, at the 10th session of the UN Minority Forum – Native Languages in a Contemporary World: Threats and Challenges for Youth. The purpose of the event is to discuss the importance of native language to a people and the contemporary threats and challenges to its continued use. Whether it be due to the intentional actions of an oppressive government or the pressures from our contemporary globalised society, many native languages have come under strain, especially with the younger generation. This event intends to address these significant challenges to native languages by giving a platform to the youth to articulate what they think about their native language, how they relate to it and what pressures and difficulties they face when learning and using their native language.

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Six Uyghurs Caught Escaping From a Thai Jail Could be Sent Back to China

Radio Free Asia, 23 November 2017

By Gao Feng – Of 25 ethnic minority Uyghurs from China who broke out of a Thai immigration detention center after tunneling through an exterior wall this week, 19 have remained uncaught after police detained six during and after the daring escape.

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Weekly Brief November 24th

World Uyghur Congress, 24 November 2017

WUC Expresses Concern Over Uyghurs Who Recently Escaped from Thai Immigration Detention Facility

The World Uyghur Congress issued a press release expressing its deep concerned over the treatment of Uyghurs who had recently escaped their immigration detention facility in southern Thailand. Consistent rhetoric from China has framed all Uyghurs escaping the country as criminals who should be immediately returned, renewing fears that Thailand may submit to such pressure, as in the past.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Calls on French Foreign Minister to Raise Human Rights Concerns During Visit

Press Release – For immediate release
23 November 2017

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

On the eve of the first visit of the French Foreign Minister to China tomorrow, the World Uyghur Congress would like to call on Jean-Yves Le Drian to serious raise human rights concerns with his counterparts in Beijing.

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