America’s New Uighur Law Is a World First. What Took So Long?

The Nation’s, 17 June 2020

Below is an article published by The Nation’s, Photo Greg Baker / AFP via Getty Images.

On Wednesday, June 17, Donald Trump signed into law the Uighur Human Rights Policy Act, which seeks to punish China for “gross human rights abuses” against Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the country’s western Xinjiang province. It is the first piece of legislation in the world targeting a sprawling, years-long detention campaign in China that experts say constitutes the largest internment of ethnoreligious minorities since the Holocaust.

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One-Year Anniversary of the Anti-Extradition Law Protests in Hong Kong: Speech by Rahima Mahmud

 

 

On June 13, Rahima Mahmud, artist and WUC London office representative, spoke at an online rally organized by Democracy by Hong Kong and Stand with Hong Kong in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the anti-extradition law protests.

Please find Ms Mahmuds speech below: 

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Commemorates the 32nd Anniversary of Uyghur Democracy Protests

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

June 15th, 2020 marks the 32nd anniversary of a wave of democracy protests led by Uyghur students in East Turkistan that complemented democracy protests sweeping across China until the Tiananmen massacre.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 12 JUNE 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 29 May 2020

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UHRP Releases New #KashgarCoerced Report

On June 3, the Uyghur Human Rights Project released its new report “ Kashgar Coerced: Forced Reconstruction, Exploitation, and Surveillance in the Cradle of Uyghur Culture’’. The report documents the campaign led by the Chinese government to suppress important aspects of Uyghur culture, by changing significantly the ancient city of Kashgar. The city is an important part of the Uyghur identity, due to its significant historical importance. Kashgar has been targeted by the government’s vast ‘’ modernizing’’ reconstruction project.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Deeply Concerned After Detention of Rights Defender in Kyrgyzstan

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

The WUC is concerned for the welfare and safety of Kamil Ruziev after he was detained by Kyrgyz security services on dubious grounds on 29 May 2020 and sentenced to house arrest on 31 May 2020. The WUC calls for Mr. Ruziev’s rights to be respected, for the false charges against him to be dropped and for his immediate release from detention.

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The U.S. Must Use the New Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act to Sanction Chinese Officials for Religious Persecution

RFA, 8 June 2020

Below is an article published by Time, Photo Sarah Silbiger–Bloomberg/Getty Images

NURY TURKEL – After years of hard work, Congress passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act on May 28 by an overwhelming majority. This is the first law in history dedicated to promoting the rights of Uyghurs and other Muslims in China, who have faced systematic persecution as a result of their religious beliefs. It will ensure U.S. policy toward China takes into account the Chinese government’s violations of religious freedom.

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Interview: ‘By Forcing my Father to Call me, They’re Trying to Warn me to be Quiet’

RFA, 8 June 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo RAF

Jewlan Shirmemet, a Uyghur who has lived in Turkey’s largest city Istanbul since 2008, had stayed silent about politics until around six months ago, when he began to speak out as part of a campaign to free his mother, Suriye Tursun, from arbitrary detention back home in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

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