What to do when the UN human rights office may have violated human rights?

South China Morning Post, 13 December 2020

Below is an article published by South China Morning Post.

Emma Reilly says she is not particularly popular at the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, the United Nations agency where she has worked since 2012.The long-simmering tensions stem from a complaint she made more than seven years ago about an office practice which, in her view, potentially exposed human rights activists to retribution, including ethnic Uygur dissidents in China’s western Xinjiang region.The office, known as the OHCHR, is tasked with protecting human rights and monitoring violations worldwide. Its Human Rights Council holds sessions three times a year where non-governmental organisations and others can make presentations and report on human rights violations.

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WEEKLY BRIEF, 13 DECEMBER 2020

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International Human Rights Day
On December 10th, which marked the 72nd year of International Human Rights Day, the World Uyghur Congress reiterated in its press release the importance of human rights and democratic freedoms for a better and more just world. On this occasion, the WUC highlighted the deterioration of the situation in East Turkistan and the systematic violations of the fundamental rights of the Uyghur people. Today, the Uyghur people are facing genocide at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), yet there have been very few concrete steps to meaningfully resolve this crisis.

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Uyghur Family Kept Apart by China’s Xinjiang Policies Reunites

Human Rights Watch, 10 December 2020

Below is an article published by Human Rights Watch.

A Uyghur family in Sydney, Australia is happily reunited today after three years of forced separation. Like many ethnic Uyghurs in China’s northwest region of Xinjiang, Chinese authorities in 2017 confiscated the passports of Sadam Abudusalamu’s family and banned them from leaving the region as part of the Chinese government’s mass arbitrary detention, torture, forced political indoctrination, and mass surveillance of more than a million Turkic Muslims.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC HIGHLIGHTS THE FATE OF UYGHURS ON THE 72ND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

Press Release – For immediate release
9 December 2020
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or
 [email protected]

As December 10 marks the 72nd year of International Human Rights Day, the World Uyghur Congress reiterates the importance of human rights and democratic freedoms for a better and more just world. On this occasion, the WUC highlights the deterioration of the situation in East Turkistan and the systematic violations of the fundamental rights of the Uyghur people. Today, the Uyghur people are facing genocide at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), yet there have been very few concrete steps to meaningfully resolve this crisis.

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Poem “UNTIL HOW LONG?” by Molly Agarwal

Molly Agarwal a poet  from India, wrote a marvelous poem on the suffering of the Uyghurs. Ms. Agarwal is studying at the Indian Institute of Management, Rohtak. She has a keen interest in international relations and human right issues. 

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Welcomes Adoption of EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime

Press Release – For immediate release
7 December 2020
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or
 [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) welcomes the adoption of the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime by the Council of the European Union on Monday. The sanctions regime will allow the European Union (EU) to target individuals, bodies, and entities who are responsible for, or otherwise associated with, serious human rights violations, irrespective of where they occur. This is of major importance for the Uyghur people, as for the first time, the EU possesses a concrete mechanism to hold perpetrators of the atrocities against Uyghurs to account. 

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EU adopts a global human rights sanctions regime

Council of the EU, 07 December 2020

Below is a press release published by the Council of the EU.

The Council today adopted a decision and a regulation establishing a global human rights sanctions regime. For the first time, the EU is equipping itself with a framework that will allow it to target individuals, entities and bodies – including state and non-state actors – responsible for, involved in or associated with serious human rights violations and abuses worldwide, no matter where they occurred.

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