As millions of Muslims around the world have begun to observe the holy month the Ramadan, many will have to do so while being confined to their homes, away from friends, family and community, due to the global coronavirus pandemic caused by the CCP’s lack of transparency and mismanagement of the situation. This difficult time has shown the importance of being able to freely practice your religion, participate in community life and enjoy your basic rights and freedoms. These have all been denied to the Uyghur people for years due to the repressive policies of the Chinese government. We urge Muslims all over the world to keep the Uyghur people in their thoughts and prayers during the holy month of Ramadan and to call on their respective governments to demand that China immediately ceases its religious persecution of Uyghurs. The WUC looks forward to a day when Uyghurs can join Muslims all over the world in observing Ramadan, unencumbered by CCP repression.
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Will Knight – MIT has terminated a research collaboration with iFlytek, a Chinese artificial intelligence company accused of supplying technology for surveilling Muslims in the northwestern province of Xinjiang.
Joshua Lipes – Authorities in Ghulja (in Chinese, Yining), in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), have sentenced a Uyghur taxi driver to more than 16 years in prison for transporting an “illegal” religious figure and jailed his mother for a decade, according to sources in the region.
The WUC is deeply concerned and disturbed by reports that the Chinese government has restarted its practice of testing nuclear weapons at Lop Nur in East Turkistan. The U.S. State Department has alleged that the Chinese government has been carrying out underground tests of nuclear weapons at Lop Nur. Not only would this violate the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) of which China is signatory, but also puts millions of Uyghurs and living in East Turkistan at risk of serious side-effects.
WUC Joint Petition “Free Uyghurs from Forced Labor in China” On April 10, WUC in cooperation with nine other NGO’s issued a joint petition entitled “Free Uyghurs from Forced Labour in China”. Between 2017 and 2019, more than 80,000 Uyghurs and other Turkic ethnic groups were transferred by mass transports from internment camps to forced labour facilities as a report by Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) revealed.
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RSF-Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the appointment of a Chinese diplomat to represent the Asia-Pacific region in the Consultative Group of the UN Human Rights Council, which could allow Beijing to influence the selection of experts appointed to investigate its own abuses.
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Ruth Ingram – Scholar Adrian Zenz exposes how what is advertised as an anti-poverty program in Xinjiang is in fact just another tool to deprive Uyghurs of their identity and coerce them into slave labor.