EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Uyghur Human Rights Advocacy Training Workshop in Stockholm

Press Release – For immediate release
5 October 2017

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

The World Uyghur Congress is proud to announce that we will be holding a three-day Uyghur human rights advocacy training workshop in partnership with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Sweden Uyghur Education Union from October 13-15 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The workshop will bring together more than 50 interested Uyghur participants and will focus on improving their capacity to engage in human rights advocacy on Uyghur issues at the local and national level. It will provide participants with practical strategies to engage on issues important to Uyghurs including the practice of human rights advocacy in the Swedish context and the use of social media and other online tools in that pursuit.

Uyghur diaspora leaders, human rights activists, intellectuals, Uyghur community leaders and the Uyghur youth in Sweden will all be present to provide a supportive environment for the exchange of ideas and strategies from past successes and means for engaging effectively in the future.

The workshop will also highlight many of the current and persistent problems that Uyghurs consistently face in East Turkestan, so that participants are able to develop a context-specific approach to possible solutions. Participants will also be given a broad overview of the human rights bodies, mechanisms and instruments of the United Nations and European Union.

The workshop will provide young Uyghur activists with the opportunity to meet and share their experiences engaging on Uyghur related issues. It will also give participants the opportunity to speak with and hear from leaders of the Uyghur community and human rights activists about their experiences working on Uyghur-related issues in the European and international context.

The WUC has invited a number of feature speakers from the academic community and the advocacy community in Sweden as well as others with broad experience in communication skills and crafting a targeted and appropriate messages to an audience.

The WUC has held many successful training workshops in the past around Europe and elsewhere and we continue to build on, and learn from, our experiences working with diverse and interested groups wishing to do something beyond themselves and work towards solving some of the seemingly intractable problems Uyghurs continue to face in East Turkestan and elsewhere.