Hacks, threats and propaganda: how China tried to discredit the Uyghur Tribunal

Coda Story. 16 September 2021

Below is an article published by Coda Story. Photo:AFP.

When Xinjiang camp survivor Erbakit Otarbay, from Kazakhstan, decided to give evidence at London’s Uyghur Tribunal earlier this week, he felt proud of himself. Here was a chance to be a witness at an independent hearing that sought to investigate the human rights crisis in the northwest of China. Before a panel of judges, he would be able to recount the horrors he experienced in government-run detention centers between 2017 and 2018, after visiting family in Xinjiang.

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PRESS RELEASE: UYGHUR VOICES: HUMAN RIGHTS EXHIBITION

Press Release- For immediate release

16 September, 2021                                                                                                                                  
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is partnering with U.S. Missions and Embassies in Geneva, Brussels, and Berlin to organize exhibitions highlighting the atrocities, abuses, and human rights violations committed by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Turkic people in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Uyghur Region), with a particular focus on internment camps, gender-based violence, forced labor, and family separation.

This exhibitions are open to the public and free of charge and visitors are expected to respect existing COVID-19 protocols in each of the cities. 

Uyghur Voices will be on display in Geneva September 16-18 from 09:00-18:00 at Place des Nations.  Further information regarding the Brussels and Berlin exhibitions will be forthcoming.

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PRESS RELEASE: 200+ RIGHTS GROUP CALL ON BROADCASTERS TO DROP BEIJING 2022

Press Release – For immediate release
08 September 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

NBC, BBC, CBC, Sky, Discovery, and Eurosport among over 20 Broadcasters targeted by more than 200 Campaign Groups

Today in a public letter [1],  a coalition of over 200 Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, Hong Kong, Taiwanese, Chinese Democracy and human rights campaign groups called on 26 Olympic broadcasters – including NBC, BBC, CBC, Sky, and Discovery – to “immediately cancel your broadcasting deals” to screen the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics or face a serious risk of being complicit in China’s plan to ‘sport wash’ [2] their severe and worsening human rights abuses.

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Japan Must Take Legal Action Against Uniqlo

The Liberty Web. 9 September 2021

Below is an article published by The Liberty Web. Photo:AFP.

A major focus of this year’s International Religious Freedom Summit was the issue of genocide against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The Liberty spoke with a Uyghur lawyer and a speaker of this year’s Summit.

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Broadcasters urged to cancel plans to cover Beijing Olympics

AP News. 8 September 2021

Below is an article published by AP News. Photo:AP.

 Some of the world’s largest broadcasters including American network NBC are being asked by human rights groups to cancel plans to cover next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Winter Games are scheduled to open on Feb. 4.

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‘When I Found Out What Happened in Xinjiang, It Really Broke my Heart’: Interview

Radio Free Asia, 02 September 2021

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia. Photo Louise Xin.

Louise Xin is a Chinese-Swedish fashion designer who launched her eponymous Stockholm-based brand in November 2020 as Scandinavia’s first rental-only couture label. Xin turns upcycled materials into elaborate and colorful handmade dresses for customers to rent instead of purchase, hoping to change consumption patterns in the name of sustainability. She dedicated her digital fashion show on Aug. 31 to the Uyghurs to raise awareness about the genocidal policies targeting the predominantly Muslim minority group in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region.

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Why Xinjiang is an internal settler colony

SupChina, 01 September 2021

Below is an article published by SupChina. Photo Alex Santafé.

The transformation of the Uyghur-majority lands of Southern Xinjiang known as Alte Sheher, or the Six Cities, came in waves, first in the 1950s when systematic political changes to Uyghur and Kazakh social life began, and then in the 1990s when resource extraction infrastructure, industrial farming, Han settlers, and the Chinese market changed all aspects of Uyghur life.

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China’s Plans to Dilute Southern Xinjiang’s Uyghur Population Could Constitute Genocide, Scholar Says

Radio Free Asia, 30 August 2021

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia. Photo AP.

China is pursuing a “population optimization strategy” to dilute the Uyghur majority in southern Xinjiang by raising the proportion of Han Chinese through immigration while imposing strict birth controls on the Uyghurs, says a report based on official Chinese documents and academic debate.

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