Announcement – For Immediate Release
19 August 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The 6th World Uyghur Congress General Assembly, held on 10-12 November, 2017.

This Sunday, the 22nd of August, Uyghur communities in 25 countries worldwide will hold democratic elections to appoint their delegates to the World Uyghur Congress’ (WUC) 7th General Assembly. This forms part of the three-yearly general elections during which new WUC representatives are chosen, including its board members and President.

The total number of elected delegates will be 200 persons from 25 countries. Since the first week of July, when the nomination process started, any Uyghur above 18 who meets the criteria was able to run for election. This Sunday, each country will proceed to democratically elect several delegates, who will convene at the WUC’s 7th General Assembly, later this year. During the General Assembly, the delegates will participate in elections for the 16 different committees and for board membership, including the WUC’s presidency.

As the democratic processes for the Uyghur people in East Turkistan have been fully eroded by the Chinese government, the WUC attaches key importance to the ability of Uyghur diaspora communities worldwide to democratically elect the people who publicly represent their legitimate interests, including at national governments and international institutions. The WUC is fully committed to fully transparent and inclusive elections, and has therefore taken numerous measures to safeguard this process.