Report of a former prisoner

Society for Threatened Peoples, 11 March 2019

By STP  Omer Bekali was kept detained in a Chinese reeducation camp in the province of Xinjiang (East Turkestan) for eight months. In the scope of a joint press conference of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) and the World Congress of the Uyghurs (WUC) in Berlin, he reported on the conditions in the camps and on the enormous pressure on the prisoners. Representatives of both organizations demanded the international community to initiate independent investigations of the camps.

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Astana Tries to Silence China Critics

Foreign Policy, 11 March 2019

By Reid Standish – For the past two years, the organization Atajurt Eriktileri (“Homeland Volunteers”) has been on the front lines of documenting and raising awareness about the mass detentions in the Chinese region of Xinjiang. Atajurt is a Kazakhstan-based organization of volunteer activists and family members who have lost relatives to China’s crackdown on mostly Muslim minorities, principally Uighurs but also ethnic Kazakhs and others.

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‘The Chinese Government is at War With Faith.’ U.S. Official Denounces Religious Crackdown in China

Time, 12 March 2019

By Amy Gunia – U.S. diplomat Samuel Brownback denounced China’s treatment of the Uighur minority during a teleconference call Tuesday. Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group, make up roughly 40% of the population of the northwestern province of Xinjiang. According to the U.N., an estimated 1 million Uighurs are being held in internment camps in Xinjiang.

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‘India must speak up for Uyghurs and Tibetans’

Deccan Herald, 11 March 2019

By DH News Service – China has imprisoned over a million Uyghur Muslims in “re-education camps” in its Xinxiang Autonomous Region in what it calls its “fight against terrorism and religious extremism.”

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Volkswagen in China: will the Germans again claim they ‘didn’t know’ about the concentration camps?

Hong Kong Free Press, 11 March 2019

By Alexander Zwagerman– Chinese workers at the FAW-Volkswagen Automobile plant in Changchun, in the northeast of China, hardly interact with the many Germans or even with the Chinese managers in their dark suits who pour in and out of different buildings at the plant.

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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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