WUC Youth Seminar Begins in Geneva

WUC, 24 November 2014

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Geneva, Switzerland – The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) in association with Geneva for Human Rights organized a two-day intensive workshop in Geneva, Switzerland (November 24-25) for members of the Uyghur diaspora to strengthen understanding of the UN system and to build the capacity of Uyghur youth leaders to educate local stakeholders on issues relating to human rights and democracy promotion.

The seminar (United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms: Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities for Uyghur People) began today in Geneva Switzerland. Opening statements were made by Ms. Rebiya Kadeer as well as the president of Geneva for Human Rights, Mr. Adrien Zoller regarding the situation in East Turkestan as well some first steps towards resolving the issues there.

Discussion has been focused on first highlighting many of the persistent problems Uyghurs consistently in East Turkestan in order to develop a context-specific approach to their resolution. The course has also primarily focused on UN human rights mechanisms as well as the most appropriate avenues for addressing the existing problems. Geneva for Human Rights has facilitated a period of questions from participants in order to better understand the problems faced by the diverse group of participants.

The seminar will continue until Wednesday, where the group will visit the UN to participate in a side event in association with the Unrepresented Nations and Persons Organization.