WEEKLY BRIEF – 05 March 2021


46th UN Human Rights Council Session
On March 3, WUC’s Program & Advocacy Manager, Zumretay Arkin, delivered a statement on behalf of Society for Threatened Peoples during the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism. In her statement, she stresses the negative impact of counter-terrorism laws on the enjoyment of normal family life for Uyghurs, especially for women and children.

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PRESS RELEASE:  WUC Submits to Ban Ki-Moon, Chair of IOC Ethics Commission for Breach of Procedural Rules 

Press Release – For immediate release
5 March 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected] 

On February 26, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has formally written to Mr Ban Ki Moon in his role as Chair of the International Olympic Committee’s Ethics Commission. Raising its grievance in relation to the failure of the Ethics Office to follow the Rules of Procedure Governing Cases of Possible Breach of Ethical Principles, it calls on Mr Ban Ki Moon to either examine the Complaint himself or to appoint a new Ethics and Compliance Officer to do so properly.

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The Young Uyghurs Mobilizing to Keep Their Culture Alive

Yes!Magazine. 4 March 2021

Below is an article published by Yes!Magazine. Photo:AFP.

Munawwar Abdulla has a knack for creating the things she wants to see in the world. When she was growing up in Adelaide, Australia, Abdulla was envious of characters in the novels she loved, who always seemed to have a school paper and passed the time investigating mysteries. So, when she was a teen, Abdulla assembled a team at the Uyghur-language school she’d attended as a kid to start a bilingual Uyghur-English magazine for the students, complete with kids games, cultural lessons, and the students’ writing and art.

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Uyghur Textile Entrepreneur Dies Days After Release From Xinjiang Internment Camp

Radio Free Asia. 4 March 2021

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia. Photo:Kurbanjan Abdukerim in an undated photo.

A Uyghur textile trader and entrepreneur has died days after being freed from an internment camp in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where he lost more than 100 pounds of weight over his three years in detention, according to sources.

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Trigger warning. The CCP’s coordinated information effort to discredit the BBC

Australian Strategic Policy Institute. 4 March 2021

Below is an article published by Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Photo:AFP.

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) diplomatic accounts, Chinese state media, pro-CCP influencers and patriotic trolls are targeting the UK public broadcaster, the BBC, in a coordinated information operation. Recent BBC reports, including the allegations of systematic sexual assault in Xinjiang’s internment camps, were among a number of triggers provoking the CCP’s propaganda apparatus to discredit the BBC, distract international attention and recapture control of the narrative.

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‘Truth and reconciliation’: Excerpts from the Xinjiang Clubhouse

SupChina. 3 March 2021

Below is an article published by SupChina. Photo:AFP

On Saturday, February 6, two days before it would be banned across China, the social media app Clubhouse had a defining moment. As numerous news outlets have reported, a room called “Is there a concentration camp in Xinjiang?” attracted a brief flourishing of speech and free discussion among Chinese people in the era of state censorship.

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Brothers of RFA Journalist Confirmed Detained by Xinjiang Authorities

Radio Free Asia. 3 March 2021

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia. Photo:Ehet Sulaiman in an undated photo.

Two brothers of RFA’s Uyghur Service editor Eset Sulaiman have been confirmed detained by authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), with other relatives believed held as part of what is seen as an intimidation campaign aimed at preventing him from reporting on rights abuses.

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Australian senator calls to recognise China’s treatment of Uighurs as genocide

The Guardian. 2 March 2021

Below is an article published by The Guardian. Photo:AFP.

An Australian senator will seek support from fellow upper house members to recognise China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority as genocide, after similar parliamentary motions passed in Canada and the Netherlands.

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