ACTION CALL BY THE WORLD UYGHUR CONGRESS (WUC): JOIN IN THE COMMEMORATION (PRESS CONFERENCE) IN PARIS OF THE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE EVENTS OF 5 JULY 2009 IN URUMQI

Communique de Presse (In French)

Press Release (in English)

Flyer (in French)

For immediate release

June 30, 2010
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress

0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 (Munich, Germany),

Due to the upcoming first anniversary of the events of 5 July 2009 in Urumqi, the regional capital of East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China), when peaceful demonstrations of Uyghur people against government inaction on the killing of at least two Uyghur migrant workers by Han Chinese workers in a toy factory in Guangdong province, were brutally suppressed by Chinese security forces, killing an untold number of Uyghurs, different events are organised by the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and its affiliates organisations on 4 and 5 July 2010 in about 20 cities around the world.

The actions in Paris will take place on Sunday, 4 July 2010:

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Uyghur Exiles and their Supporters Worldwide to Commemorate the One-Year Anniversary of Urumchi Tragedy

For immediate release
June 29, 2010
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress (
www.uyghurcongress.org)
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 (Munich, Germany), +1 (202) 535 0048 (Washington, DC, USA)

On July 5, 2010 and in the days surrounding July 5th, Uyghurs in exile and their supporters  around the globe will stage demonstrations and other actions to commemorate the one-year anniversary of one of the saddest and most horrific days in the history of the Uyghur people and of East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China) and to ensure that the world does not forget about the devastating plight of the Uyghur people.

On July 5, 2009, Chinese security forces brutally suppressed a peaceful protest by Uyghurs in Urumchi, the regional capital of East Turkestan, and killed many protestors according to eyewitnesses.  Ethnic unrest and violence followed, as well as one of the Chinese government’s fiercest and most repressive crackdowns on Uyghurs in history.

The World Uyghur Congress (www.uyghurcongress.org), which promotes the human rights of the Uyghur people on behalf of the Uyghur exile community worldwide, is spearheading the global commemoration of July 5th.  WUC and its affiliate Uyghur human rights organizations are organizing actions in 17 countries, including but not limited to the United States, Japan, Turkey, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.  The actions will include demonstrations in front of Chinese foreign missions, marches, and conferences and teach-ins on the July 5th events and the aftermath.  For a list of actions worldwide, see

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THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT’S HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST UYGHUR PEOPLE SUBSTANTIALLY DISCUSSED DURING THE 14TH SESSION OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL IN GENEVA

For immediate release
June 24, 2010
Contact: World Uyghur Congress (
www.uyghurcongress.org)
+1 (347) 285-6546 (United States) or  0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 (Munich, Germany)

The 14th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) (May 31 –June 18, 2010) concluded on Friday, June 18th in Geneva, Switzerland.  The World Uyghur Congress (www.uyghurcongress.org), the International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation (www.iuhrdf.org), and the Uyghur American Association (www.uyghuramerican.org) convey their deepest gratitude to the country and intergovernmental delegations, the United Nations mandate holders/Special Procedures, and the non-governmental organizations in consultative status to the UN that raised and discussed the Uyghurs’ plight at the HRC session.  

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UNPO Resolution on East Turkestan

UNPO, 29 May 2010

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The UNPO General Assembly,

Recalling the 2008 Berlin Declaration and the 2010 Brussels Declaration adopted by the World Uyghur Congress and the UNPO, reiterating their call for the application of the Chinese Constitution and the Regional Ethnic Autonomy Law by Chinese authorities in East Turkestan and elsewhere;

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Watchdog: Nations getting away with murder

Amnesty International says ’09 a year of human rights setbacks, progress

Originally published by msnbc.msn,26  May 2010

LONDON – From Iran’s repressive crackdown on anti-government demonstrators to China’s bloody suppression of minority Uighurs, millions of people’s lives across the world continued to be torn apart last year by repression, violence, discrimination and death, Amnesty International says.

The London-based watchdog activist organization’s annual report on the state of human rights in 2009 found a web of repression, as governments failed to prosecute rights violations worldwide.

The report, released Wednesday, says millions face abuse while their tormenters flout justice.

Amnesty International called on governments to ensure accountability for their own actions and fully sign up to the International Criminal Court — something the U.S., China, Russia and a host of other countries have refused to do — to ensure that crimes under international law can be prosecuted anywhere in the world.

“Governments must ensure that no one is above the law, and that everyone has access to justice for all human rights violations,” said Claudio Cordone, interim secretary general of Amnesty International. “Until governments stop subordinating justice to political self-interest, freedom from fear and freedom from want will remain elusive for most of humanity.”

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Open letter to the Xinjiang’s party secretary

Reporters Without Borders
 

Mr. Zhang Chunxian
Party Secretary
Urumqi, Xinjiang
China

Paris, 19 May 2010

Subject: Internet situation in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region

Dear Mr. Zhang,

Reporters Without Borders notes the Xinjiang Autonomous Region’s reconnection to the Internet on 14 May, which has allowed a relative reopening to the outside world, and we urge you to pursue this trend by pressing for less online censorship at the central government’s next meeting to examine the situation in Xinjiang.

Cut off from the world for near 10 months following the July 2009 unrest, Xinjiang was the victim of a discriminatory measure as regards Internet access. It was the longest-ever case of government censorship of this kind. The return to “normal” is a positive sign. Nonetheless, we cannot ignore the fact that Xinjiang’s Internet users are subject to filtering by the Great Electronic Wall of China, which prevents access to websites and content regarded as subversive by the authorities.

You recently said that you wanted to “maintain stability at all costs” and that you were ready to crack down on “separatist elements.” The solution to your region’s problems does not lie solely in the application of economic remedies. It also requires increased respect for freedom of expression, to which its inhabitants have a right, and a reduction or elimination of censorship about the Uyghur cause, which cannot be branded as just terrorism.

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To the urgent attention of Mr. Edi Rama, Mayor of Tirana

Re: Former Guantanamo Uyghur Detainees in Tirana

Rome, 19 May 2010

Caro Sindaco, Caro Edi,

It was nice meeting you in your office with Marco Pannella, Ermelinda and Pandeli the other day; I hope that something good will come out of those preliminary discussions and I look forward to continuing them in Rome soon. Today I write to bring to your attention the situation of the four Uyghurs that Albania has generously decided to host after their release from Guantanamo Bay in 2006. On 11 May 2009, thanks to the good offices of the Italian Embassy in Albania, I had the opportunity to meet three of these individuals in Tirana: Mr. Abu Bekker Quassim, Mr Ahtar and Mr Ahmad to discuss their situation and to gain an understanding of their needs.

As you may be aware, the Nonviolent Radical Party, transnational and transparty has been active for the last 20 years accessing different fora to foster the cause of the Uyghurs both in China and abroad. Moreover, part of our struggle for the protection and promotion of human rights was recently characterised when we promoted ways to assist the United States in the closing of Guantanamo Bay. We deeply appreciate the leadership role played by Albania in this matter and hope that soon the prison will be permanently shut down.

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Internet reopened in East Turkestan, but Uyghur webmasters and bloggers remain behind bars

For immediate release
May 14, 2010, 07:00 pm EST
Contact: Uyghur American Association
+1 (202) 535 0037

Following today’s announcement in the Chinese state media that “full Internet access” has been restored in East Turkestan (also known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region), the Uyghur American Association (UAA) calls upon the international community to remember the many Uyghur website administrators, bloggers and journalists who have been detained since July 5, 2009, many of whom remain in detention. UAA urges the Chinese government to release these individuals in order to demonstrate that the Internet in East Turkestan has become truly free. In addition, UAA calls upon the Chinese government to lift current restrictions on Uyghurs seeking Internet access in Internet cafés throughout China.

Chinese officials shut off all Internet and cell phone access in East Turkestan immediately following unrest that shook the regional capitol of Urumchi on July 5, 2009. International telephone communication was continuously blocked or heavily restricted for more than half a year after July 5, cutting off almost all communication between Uyghurs in East Turkestan and their family and friends living abroad. Among the thousands of Uyghurs who were arbitrarily detained and “forcibly disappeared” in the days, weeks and months after July 5 were the owners and staff of many Uyghur websites accused by the government of having promoted “separatism”.

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