Call for Information: Disappearances and Arbitrary Detentions of Uyghurs in ‘Re-education’ Camps

World Uyghur Congress, 12 April 2018

The World Uyghur Congress is putting out an open call for information from the Uyghur community about disappearances or arbitrary detentions of Uyghurs in ‘re-education’ camps in East Turkestan.

As part of the ongoing efforts by the WUC to address the mass arbitrary detention of an estimated 1 million Uyghurs in ‘re-education’ camps by the Chinese government, the WUC is collecting information and names of individuals who are currently detained in these camps. During our upcoming protest in Brussels on April 27th against the mass arbitrary detention, the WUC will submit a list of names of Uyghurs currently held in these ‘re-education’ camps to the institutions of the European Union and demand that the EU take action to push for their immediate release.

If you have a family member or loved one who is currently detained in a ‘re-education’ camp or who you suspect is being held in the camps, and if you are comfortable with sharing that information, please email us at contact@uyghurcongress.org.

 

In the email please include:

  1. Name of the Family Member
  2. Birthday of the Family Member
  3. City of residence
  4. Date of detention/disappearance (if known)
  5. Circumstances of detention/disappearance (if known)
  6. Whether or not you would like this information to remain confidential

We would also like to draw the Uyghur community’s attention to the United Nations Special Procedures, especially the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD). The working groups are composed on independent experts who examine individual cases of enforced disappearances or arbitrary detention and communicate with member states (China) to try and address these cases by raising them publicly or confidentially.

If you have a family member who has disappeared or who is arbitrarily detained in a ‘re-education’ camp you can submit this information to these working groups. Please clarify whether you would like the information to remain confidential or whether it can be publicly raised with the Chinese government.

  • To submit information to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, please fill out this form and email it to wgeid@ohchr.org.
  • To submit information to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, please fill out this form and email it to wgad@ohchr.org.

If you have any questions about or would like assistance submitting information to UN Special Procedures, please contact ryan.barry@uyghurcongress.org.