PRESS RELEASE: WUC Highlights Religious Persecution of Uyghurs During Ramadan

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

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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MIT Cuts Ties With a Chinese AI Firm Amid Human Rights Concerns

WIRED, 21 April 2020

Below is an article published by WIRED, Photo Maddie Meyer/Getty Images.

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.

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Meet the Uyghur campaigner who’s a regular at Shabbat dinners

Jewish News, 17 April 2020

Below is an article published by Jewish News.

Jonathan Shamir -For Rahima Mahmut, the plight of the Uyghur Muslim minority in China is more than religious or ideological – it is personal.

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Uyghur Taxi Driver, Mother Handed Harsh Jail Terms in Xinjiang’s Ghulja City

RFA, 17.04. 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo AFP.

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.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Deeply Concerned as CCP Allegedly Restarts Nuclear Testing in East Turkistan

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

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.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 17 APRIL 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 17 April 2020

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 concerned about China’s entry into UN Human Rights Council Consultative Group

RSF, 10 April 2020 

Below is an article published by RSF, Photo FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP.

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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For Uyghurs, “Poverty Alleviation” Means Cultural Genocide

Bitter Winter, 17 April 2020

Below is an article published by Bitter Winter, Photo Bitter Winter.

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.

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