CONFERENCE REPORT The Uyghur Crisis: China’s Laboratory for Rights Abuses

World Uyghur Congress, 01 December 2019

On December 10th, International Human Rights Day, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), in cooperation with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO), held a successful media training workshop for Uyghur activists and a day-long conference entitled ‘The Uyghur Crisis: China’s Laboratory for Rights Abuses’ in Brussels, Belgium.

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Exclusive: Investors press companies on human rights in Xinjiang

Reuters. 6 March 2021

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The group of more than 50 investors, backed by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, said it is in the process of contacting more than 40 companies, including H&M, VF Corp, Hugo Boss and Zara-owner Inditex, requesting more information about their supply chains and urging them to quit situations that could lead to human rights abuses.

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The cost of speaking up against China

BBC. 31 March 2021

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Qelbinur Sedik was making breakfast when the video call came, and the sight of her sister’s name made her nervous. Many months had passed since the two had spoken. In fact, many months had passed since Sedik had spoken to any of her family in China.

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These children escaped Xinjiang, but their parents are in China and cut off from the world

CNN. 29 March 2021

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It’s been nearly five years since Hassan heard from his family, and he is terrified that he will forget them.He has one photograph of his father and nothing but fading memories from his past. He tries his hardest to hold on to the image in his head of his mother and siblings, but it gets harder each day.”I’m afraid to not recognize my family, to not remember my family, it’s horrible,” Hassan said.Sitting in his dorm room at a Uyghur boarding school in Istanbul, Hassan waits for the day he will be reunited with his family. He dreams of being back in his hometown in Hotan. Hassan was 11 when his father brought him out of Xinjiang, in the far west of China, but he was too young then to get what was going on.

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Olympic Officials Dismissed Beijing Games Human Rights Concerns In A Video Call, Documents Show

BuzzFeed News. 27 March 2021

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Last fall, the International Olympic Committee hosted a video call with activists who were demanding the removal of Beijing as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics. During the call, campaigners said the Beijing Games would legitimize the Chinese government’s escalating human rights abuses.

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Turkey raises Uyghur rights at meeting with China FM

Middle East Monitor. 25 March 2021

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Turkey raised the issue of Uyghur Muslims during talks with China’s foreign minister in Ankara today, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, as hundreds of Uyghurs protested against the treatment of their ethnic kin in China, Reuters reported.

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WUC JOINS CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS TO WELCOME ACTION BY UN HUMAN RIGHTS EXPERTS ON UYGHUR FORCED LABOUR

Joint Statement
30 March 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

A group of more than 16 independent UN human rights experts have sent a letter to Chinese and multinational companies, raising deep concerns about ‘the alleged arbitrary detention and forced labour’ of Uyghur Turkic Muslims. The letter was in response to information that connected over 150 domestic Chinese and foreign-domiciled companies to serious allegations of human rights abuses against Uyghur workers.   

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Why Are Some African Governments Shielding China Over Xinjiang?

Human Rights Watch. 29 March 2021

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Africans have endured more than their fair share of atrocities where the perpetrators got off scot-free, a history that has helped inspire a commitment to global solidarity for human rights and justice. As prominent Tanzanian jurist Fatma Karume said, “Those who suggest that there is a democracy for the West and one for Africa, have failed to understand the universality of the human condition.” This was eloquently demonstrated by Gambia’s spirited effort to draw international attention to the plight of the Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar.

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