Weekly Brief, 02 December 2022

NEWS

Uyghur Deaths in Urumchi Fire Spark Nationwide Protests in China
On November 26th, the World Uyghur Congress expressed outrage over the lack of action from local authorities following the fire that broke out in a building in Urumchi on November 24th evening in the Tengritagh neighbourhood. The fire started on the 15th floor of an apartment building, quickly spreading to upper levels killing and injuring dozens of people, including children. This triggered angry protests that raged overnight in the capital of East Turkistan and spread to other cities in China, as crowds blamed tight COVID-19 lockdown measures for delaying the response. 

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Press Release: WUC Welcomes Passage of Uyghur Policy Act in U.S. House of Representatives

Press Release – For Immediate Release
26 November 2022
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) applauds the passing of the Uyghur Policy Act (H.R.4785) in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

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Joint Statement: Deadly Urumchi Fire Reflects Broader Human Rights Crisis in the Uyghur Region

Joint Statement – For immediate release
11 October 2022
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

December 1, 2022

The Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region mourns the tragic loss of life in the Urumchi fire last week and expresses solidarity with the survivors and the families of the deceased.

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Weekly Brief, 25 November 2022

NEWS

WUC Delegation Travels to Australia
This week, a World Uyghur Congress (WUC) delegation led by WUC President Dolkun Isa, as well as two camp survivors, travelled to Australia. In Canberra, together with Amnesty International Australia, they met with 15 Members of Parliament, the Foreign Ministry, civil society, journalists and Uyghur representatives, to press the federal government to officially recognise Uyghurs as victims of genocide and help ramp up international pressure on China.

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WEEKLY BRIEF, 18 NOVEMBER

NEWS

World Leaders Speak with Xi Jinping at G20 Summit, Raise Uyghur Human Rights

This week, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia, several world leaders met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in person for the first time since he secured a third term in power in October and the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. These were also the first face-to-face meetings between Xi and most democratic G20 leaders since the release of the UN Uyghur Report and the wider global outcry over the Uyghur genocide. According to a readout of the White House, U.S. President Biden, expressed “concerns about PRC practices in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, and human rights more broadly.”

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Open Call from Civil Society for Access to EU Customs Trade Information

To: Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni 

CC: 
Executive Vice-President European Green Deal Frans Timmermans;
Executive Vice-President A Europe Fit for the Digital Age Margrethe Vestager;
Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton; 
Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders; 
Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius;
Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis; 
Member of the European Parliament Anna Cavazzini, chair of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO); 
Member of the European Parliament Monika Hohlmeier, chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control; 
Member of the European Parliament Bernd Lange, chair of the Committee on International Trade; Member of the European Parliament Maria Arena, chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights;
Member of the European Parliament Adrián Vázquez Lázara, chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs; Director General Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD) Gerassimos Thomas. 

16th November, 2022 

Subject: Reforming the Union customs legislation to allow non-state actors to access customs trade information 

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PRESS RELEASE: THE WUC SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDES THE INTERNATIONAL UYGHUR FORUM

Press Release – For immediate release
11 November 2022
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) successfully concluded the International Uyghur Forum, co-organized by Hasene International and the International Union of East Turkistan Organizations (IUETO), from November 9-10, in Brussels.

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