Weekly Brief October 5th

World Uyghur Congress, 5 October 2017

Uyghur Student Disappears After Arrest in Egypt

A Uyghur student who was studying at the Al-Azhar University in Egypt disappeared on July 16th after being detained by Egyptian authorities and has not been seen or heard from since. His wife has been desperately trying to find any news about the fate or whereabouts of her husband, but so far there has been no information. She spoke about his case and appealed for any information through Radio Free Asia. It was reported that 16 Uyghur students had disappeared after being arrested in Egypt last week and there is great concern that they are at risk of being deported to China.

Amnesty International Urgent Action for Detained Uyghur Woman

Amnesty International launched an urgent action campaign on behalf of Buzainafu Abudourexiti, a Uyghur who had studied in Egypt for 2 years and returned to China in 2015. She was suddenly detained in March 2017 and was sentenced to 7 years in prison, after a secret trial. There has been no word from her since her detention and no details have been released about what she was charged with or what her current status is.

CECC Publishes Annual Report for 2017

The U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China published their annual report on human rights and rule of law in China for 2017 this week. The extensive report focuses on the numerous human rights and legal issues in China over the past year and it dedicates 10 pages to the situation of the Uyghurs in East Turkestan, focusing especially on the increased securitisation, the negative effects of OBOR and CPEC and restrictions of religion and the use of the Uyghur language.

Upcoming Events

The World Uyghur Congress announced that a human rights advocacy training workshop will be held for Uyghur Youth in Stockholm, Sweden next week, from 12-16 October. The training workshop, organised in partnership with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Sweden Uyghur Education Union from October 13-15 in Stockholm, Sweden 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.

UNPO announced an upcoming event to commemorate the formation of a Uyghur Friendship Group in the European Parliament. The event will start with a conference, immediately followed by an opening ceremony and a cultural event with the aim to internationally raise the profile of the Uyghur heritage.

Uyghur Families in East Turkestan Ordered to Display Xi’s Portrait

It was reported this week that Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in East Turkestan were ordered by Chinese authorities to display a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The order took effect starting on October 1st, as part of a propaganda initiative ahead of the CCP’s 19th Party Congress starting on October 18th.