HRC37 | A strong human rights framework needs cooperation and criticism.

ISHR, 22 March 2018

By Navi Pillay – It has been 10 years since I took on one of the most challenging and most rewarding roles of my career, that of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.  I continue to follow human rights events closely even though my term ended in 2014. What is happening in the international human rights system this year, the same that we celebrate also 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, fills me with worry.

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China’s Trojan Horse Human Rights Resolution

The Diplomat, 22 March 2018

By Miloon Kothari – At the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), China has proposed a resolution focused on international cooperation. This could have been a positive step toward bridging the considerable gap between recognition of human rights and their implementation on the ground. With the benefit of hindsight on such resolutions at the HRC, however, such a critical linkage is far from guaranteed.

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Dolkun Isa: Beijing also persecutes the Uyghurs abroad

Asia News, 21 March 2018

By Asia News – Dolkun Isa, president of the Uyghur World Congress, which is based in Munich (Germany), is a Uyghur leader living in exile. His people, who are predominantly Muslim, live in Xinjiang, a province on the border of China with Central Asia.

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Press Conference Announcement: WUC President to Speak at National Press Club in Washington D.C. on March 7th

World Uyghur Congress, 6 March 2018

On March 7th, the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur Human Rights Project will convene a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. at 12:30 PM. The press conference will feature WUC President Dolkun Isa, who will discuss the recent announcement from INTERPOL that it had deleted the ‘red notice’ on his name after important work from the UK-based organisation, Fair Trials, showed the notice to be politically motivated and the Chinese allegations of criminality unsubstantiated.

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Chinese Police Are Demanding Personal Information From Uighurs in France

Foreign Policy, 2 March 2018

By Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian – Amid a global campaign to monitor and control the Uighur diaspora, Chinese police are demanding that Uighurs living in France hand over personal information, photos, and identity documents — and in some cases, the personal information of their French spouses.

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Uyghur Student in US Faces Down Chinese Threats to ‘Turn Him In’

Radio Free Asia, 27 February 2018

By Mihray Abdulim – In an incident reflecting China’s growing efforts to control political discourse in U.S. universities, a Uyghur student was recently confronted by Han Chinese classmates who threatened to report him to the Chinese embassy for voicing “separatist” views.

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Threat of Re-Education Camp Drives Uyghur Who Failed Anthem Recitation to Suicide

Radio Free Asia, 5 February 2018

By Shohret Hoshur – A Uyghur resident of Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, committed suicide after he was threatened with detention in a political re-education camp because he was unable to recite the national anthem in Chinese instead of his native Uyghur language, according to officials.

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Weekly Brief February 2nd

World Uyghur Congress, 2 February 2018

WUC Deeply Saddened by the Death of Uyghur Religious Leader and Scholar, Muhammad Salih Hajim, in Chinese Custody

The World Uyghur Congress issued a press release expressing its deep sadness at the news that the prominent Uyghur religious leader and scholar, Muhammad Salih Hajim, had died in a Chinese ‘re-education’ camp. Muhammad Salih Hajim had reportedly been arrested 40 days ago for peacefully practicing his religion and detained in a Chinese ‘re-education’ camp. The WUC has been informed that he was subjected to torture and other forms of ill-treatment during his imprisonment, which may have contributed his death. 

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