Weekly Brief February 1st

World Uyghur Congress, 1 February 2019

WUC Joins 37 NGOs in Calling for a UN Human Rights Council Resolution to Address Human Rights Violations in China

The WUC has joined a broad-ranging group of more than three dozen NGOs representing and supporting Chinese, Uyghur and Tibetan communities to call on governments in Geneva to adopt a resolution at the March session of the Human Rights Council.

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In the Depths of Xinjiang: Ubiquitous Persecution

Bitter Winter, 31 January 2019

By Li Zaili – Yuli county is located in central Xinjiang, and is under the administration of the Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture. It has a population of approximately 120,000 people, of which 47.6% are Uyghurs.

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HRC40 | High time for a resolution calling for access, accountability in China

International Service For Human Rights, 30 January 2019

By ISHR – The time is right for governments to initiate a resolution at the Human Rights Council to address human rights violations in China, say global civil society groups.

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US Lawmakers Nominate Jailed Uyghur Academic Ilham Tohti to Receive Nobel Peace Prize

Radio Free Asia, 30 January 2019

By Alim Seytoff  – More than a dozen bipartisan U.S. lawmakers have nominated jailed Uyghur academic and blogger Ilham Tohti to receive the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, citing his commitment to peaceful interethnic dialogue between members of his ethnic group and China’s Han Chinese majority.

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Breakingviews – Xinjiang is an extreme case of China’s growth woes

Reuters, 30 January 2019

By Pete Sweeney – Xinjiang is becoming an extreme example of the economic woes ailing China’s poorest provinces. Beijing says it is de-radicalising the Uighur population in the far-western region with vocational training camps.

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Muslim Uyghur survivors recount unspeakable horror in Chinese internment camps

Yeni Safak, 29 January 2019

By Yeni Safak – A group of Muslim Uyghur refugees in Turkey have spoken out about the horrors they faced on their journey to escape China’s internment camps.

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Followed, Harassed: Foreign Reporters Say China Work Conditions Worsen

The Globe Post, 29 January 2019

By The Globe Post – Detentions, visa delays, and suspected phone bugging are among the challenges faced by foreign journalists in China, who say working conditions are getting worse with many reporting being watched and harassed.

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Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti nominated for the Rafto Prize

European Interest, 28 January 2019

By European Interest – In recognition for his tireless work in raising the human rights concerns of the Uyghur people and for promoting peaceful interethnic dialogue in China, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) and Norwegian Uyghur Committee (NUK) have nominated Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti for the Rafto Prize.

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