PRESS RELEASE: UN RIGHTS CHIEF HAS WASTED HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO ASSESS UYGHUR GENOCIDE

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


The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) expresses its serious disappointment in the outcomes of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet’s, visit to China, including a trip to East Turkistan. As the WUC and various other Uyghur and human rights groups rightly warned about, the visit has turned out to be a propaganda opportunity for China to whitewash its crimes against humanity and genocide against the Uyghur people.

“As expected, the High Commissioner has wasted a historic opportunity to investigate the Uyghur genocide and deliver justice to the Uyghur people”, WUC President, Dolkun Isa, stated. “The High Commissioner has ruined her office’s credibility by aligning with China’s wishes and conducting a visit that by no means adequately addressed justice for Uyghurs and accountability for those responsible”.

For years, including during the months ahead of the High Commissioner’s planned visit, the WUC and other rights groups have strongly highlighted that such a visit must meet certain conditions in order to be meaningful, such as unfettered access to East Turkistan and the ability to speak freely with Uyghur victims without fear of reprisal or intimidation for those witnesses. Furthermore, the WUC has consistently called for the release of the High Commissioner’s independent report on human rights violations in East Turkistan, which is still to happen.

Today’s press release by the High Commissioner confirms that this was not an investigative visit into the atrocity crimes and genocide occuring in East Turkistan. Ms Bachelet stated that she was ‘’unable to assess’’ the full scale of the violations in the Vocational Education and Training Centers (VETCs). 

On the first day of her visit, Bloomberg reported that the High Commissioner indicated that her trip to China would not be an investigation, but would rather “promote, protect and respect human rights”. The day after that, the release of the Xinjiang Police Files, which show the extent and extremely repressive nature of China’s mass internment policies in East Turkistan, underscored exactly why such an investigation was needed. 

Following Ms. Bachelet’s highly disappointing visit, the WUC strongly urges her office to release her independent assessment of the situation in East Turkistan, as a show of willingness to hold the Chinese government accountable for crimes against humanity and genocide being committed.

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Weekly Brief, 27 May 2022

NEWS

Xinjiang Police Files Provide Groundbreaking New Evidence for the Uyghur Genocide
On May 24th, a cache of data hacked from police computers in East Turkistan was published after being verified by international media outlets. The so-called Xinjiang Police Files contain unprecedented evidence from internal police networks in East Turkistan.

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UN rights chief lowers expectations for heavily scrutinized visit to East Turkistan

The United Nations’ human rights chief flew into China Monday to the dismay and anger of human rights groups and Uyghur activists, including WUC President, Dolkun Isa, as she told diplomats her trip to East Turkistan this week wouldn’t be an “investigation” in what was seen as effort to lower expectations.

Read the full article here:
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/un-bachelet-05232022171751.html

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Press Release: Uyghur Diaspora Convenes for a Summit in Munich

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

From 26-28 May, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), in collaboration with 21 other Uyghur organisations, will organise a “Uyghur Summit” in Munich, Germany, bringing together over 200 prominent activists, legal and academic experts, policymakers, as well as East Turkistan diaspora leaders from 70 organisations and camp survivors.

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Weekly Brief, 20 May 2022

NEWS

Leaked List Shows World’s highest Incarceration Rate In East Turkistan
On May 17th, groundbreaking reporting by the Associated Press (AP) detailed how a county in East Turkistan has the highest incarceration rate in the world. A leaked list obtained by AP News, containing the names of more than 10,000 Uyghurs sent to prison in Konasheher county, shows that 1 in 25 people in the county have been imprisoned, a rate more than 30 times higher than China’s, and more than 10 times higher than U.S. averages.

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Uyghurs Have No Faith in Michelle Bachelet’s UN Visit to China

The United Nations, an organization established in the aftermath of one genocide, has yet to impose any consequences, or even to officially condemn, China’s genocide against the Uyghur people, argues Omer Kanat, Executive Director of Uyghur Human Rights Project.

The UN has consistently denied Uyghurs, including WUC President, Dolkun Isa, a voice. Read the full article here:
https://thediplomat.com/2022/05/uyghurs-have-no-faith-in-michelle-bachelets-un-visit-to-china/

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Rights groups press UN ahead of trip to Xinjiang as detention camp list emerges

The WUC joined over 20 Uyghur, Tibetan and international human rights groups protested outside the United Nations in Geneva, calling on the U.N. human rights chief to release her report on abuses in East Turkistan and to consult internment camps survivors and other exiles ahead of her planned visit to the region.

Read the full article here:
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/geneva-protest-05132022193600.html

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