Uyghurs with Tibet activists to protest at UN on 16 Sept against China’s rising human rights violations
NewsBharati, 13 September 2016
Geneva — Challenging to various forms of daily harassment and suppression of the ethnic Uyghur people and worsening the condition of the violation of religious freedom in Tibet region, the World Uyghur Congress along with the International Campaign for Tibet will be holding a demonstration march in Geneva, Switzerland. The demonstrations will begin at 11 am on September 16 from Palais Wilson to the Broken Chair Monument across from the Palais des Nations.
A statement released by WUC elaborates the primary purpose of the march and subsequent demonstration of bringing attention to ongoing human rights violations against Uyghurs and Tibetans, and more specifically, China’s efforts in Geneva to silence civil society from speaking out on an international platform like the UN Human Rights Council.
The demonstration will also target China’s continued and worsening restrictions on religious practice taking place in both Tibet and East Turkestan. Uyghurs have been sentenced to inordinately long jail terms simply for undertaking quotidian religious practices like basic prayer at home or fasting during the holy month of Ramadan – ostensibly protected by China’s own Constitution, says the statement.
The Uyghurs and Tibetan protesters want to bring forth the recent introduction of discriminatory “counter-terror” legislation that targets the Uyghur and Tibetan populations.
The WUC hopes that the demonstrations and the march at Geneva on 16 September will play a big role to showcase the rising suppression by China on the Uyghur and Tibetan before international community dealing with China.
Notably, in August 2016, China’s ethnic Uyghurs faced humiliation when Chinese authorities increasingly fenced off entire Uyghur neighbourhoods, citing “security” reasons. Uyghurs living in these fenced-in communities report that – while ethnic Han Chinese are not subject to such controls, Uyghurs have to register with their names and have their IDs checked every time they want to enter the neighbourhood they live in.