New Pressure Builds For Action on Uyghurs as UN Rights Chief Calls For Access to Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 07 March 2019

By RFA’s Uyghur Service – China is facing mounting pressure from the international community to account for its policies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where an estimated one million ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities have been held in a sprawling system of political “re-education camps.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Uyghur Congress Stands in Solidarity with the Tibetan People on the 60th Anniversary Tibetan National Uprising Day

Press Release – For immediate release
10 March 2019
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur people stand in solidarity and friendship with the Tibetan people on the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising of March 10, 1959. The Tibetan National Uprising Day commemorates the 1959 Tibetan uprising against the Chinese Communist Party’s occupation in Tibet.

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PRESS RELEASE: Uyghur Congress Highlights Plight of Uyghur Women in East Turkistan and Work of Uyghur Women Activists on International Women’s Day

Press Release – For immediate release
8 March 2019
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

On International Women’s Day, the World Uyghur Congress draws attention to the very difficult situation faced by Uyghur women in East Turkistan. Uyghur women face multiple forms of discrimination simultaneously and are subject to routine human rights abuses on the basis of the ethnic identity and gender.

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Weekly Brief March 8

World Uyghur Congress, 8 March 2019

WUC Representatives Attends UN HRC Side Event in Geneva

On 6 March 2019, the World Uyghur Congress President Dolkun Isa and Project Manager Peter Irwin attended an event focusing on “Repression In Xinjiang: A call for Human Right Council action” at the UN Human Rights Council.

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Crackdown on “Halalization” Spreads Outside Xinjiang

Bitter Winter, 7 March 2019

By Yang Xiangwen – A mass purge of Arabic symbols is underway in China, part of the government’s efforts to crack down on the “spread of halal” – in other words, anything that would appeal to the Muslim community.

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‘The Night Is Thick’: Uyghur Poets Respond To The Disappearance Of Their Relatives

Sup China, 6 March 2019

By Darren Byler – The horrifying stories of pain and suffering in internment camps filtering out from the Uyghur homeland have filled Uyghurs around the world with a deep sorrow.

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Interview: ‘I Have Never Cried so Much in my Life’

Radio Free Asia, 5 March 2019

By Gulchehra Hoja – Abdurahman is an ethnic Uyghur father of three who fled oppressive policies in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) for Turkey in October 2013, followed by his wife, Helime, four months later.

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U.N. religious freedom expert seeks visit to China’s Xinjiang

Reuters, 5 March 2019

By Stephanie Nebehay – The United Nations investigator on religious freedom said on Tuesday he has asked China to let him visit its Xinjiang region where some 1 million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are in facilities activists call mass detention camps.

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