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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EU team visits China’s Xinjiang region to gather evidence on re-education camps

South China Morning Post, 29 January 2019

By Agence France – Press – A European Union delegation has visited China’s far western region of Xinjiang, a rare chance to gather evidence on the re-education camps that have drawn harsh criticism from human rights groups and Western powers, officials said on Monday.

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PRESS RELEASE: World Uyghur Congress, UNPO and Norwegian Uyghur Committee Nominate Ilham Tohti for the Rafto Prize

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

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. The Rafto Prize is awarded annually to recognize the work of human rights defenders and to shed light on serious human rights violations.

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Weekly Brief January 25

World Uyghur Congress, 25 January 2019

WUC Holds Advocacy Meetings in London To Raise Uyghur Plight

The President of the World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa, and Uyghur human rights activist Rahime Mahmut were in London this week to meet with British Parliament Members and Muslim organisations in London such as Muslim Aid and the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body – the Muslim Council of Britain.

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China: Uyghur pop idol Zahirshah Ablimit detained in Xinjiang

Freemuse, 24 January 2019

By Rachel Harris – Xinjiang’s system of internment camps, which have already swallowed up more than a million of the region’s Muslim peoples, is showing no signs of slowing down. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of ordinary people imprisoned for the everyday practice of their faith, the Xinjiang government has detained large numbers of the Uyghur cultural elite: writers, artists and intellectuals. The number of Uyghur singers detained or missing is also growing. 

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Wife of Canadian citizen jailed 13 years in China fears he’s been ‘forgotten’ amid Huawei crisis

Global News, 24 January 2019

By Josh Elliott – When they were little, Kamila Telendibaeva’s sons used to ask her the same question every day: “When is my dad going to come back?”

Three of her four boys are teenagers now, and they don’t ask about their dad much anymore — except when they see the news. They get worried when they read headlines like “China is holding a million Muslim Uighurs in secretive internment camps.

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Inside the Vast Police State at the Heart of China’s Belt and Road

Bloomberg, 24 January 2018

By Peter Martin – Twice a day, employees at an upscale jewelry boutique in China’s remote western region of Xinjiang stop what they’re doing and don bulletproof vests and combat helmets. Thrusting long clubs, they practice defending the store against attackers. Their imaginary assailants aren’t jewel thieves—they’re Muslim terrorists.

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WUC Joins NGO Coalition in Calling on Belgian Newspaper Le Soir to Stop Publishing Chinese Propaganda Articles

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

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has joined the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), la Ligue des droits Humains, Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisations (UNPO) and the Tibetan Community of Belgium in sending an open letter to the Director General and Editing Director of Belgian Newspaper Le Soir, Oliver De Raeymaeker, urging him to stop publishing propaganda inserts from official Chinese press bodies in his newspaper.

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