As China sway grows, U.S. to confront it on Uighur issue at U.N

Reuters, September 17 2019

By Michelle Nichols & Ben Blanchard – The United States is considering how to confront China during the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations next week over its detention of some 1 million Muslims in a remote region, as some diplomats warn that U.S. leadership in global institutions is waning and China’s influence is growing.

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Uyghur Businessman Remains Jailed Eight Months After ‘Terrorism’ Conviction Reversed on Appeal

Radio Free Asia, 17 September 2019

By Mamatjan Juma and Sada –  One of the wealthiest Uyghur businessmen in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) city, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), remains jailed in poor health more than eight months after his conviction on charges of “terrorism” was overturned on appeal, according to court documents.

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Is It the Beginning of the End of Human Suffering in Xinjiang?

Bitter Winter, 15 September 2019

Marco Respinti – China can’t hide the crimes it commits in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region(that Uyghurs prefer to call East Turkestan) anymore.

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China: Xinjiang Children Separated from Families

Human Rights Watch, 15 September 2019

By HRW – Chinese authorities should immediately release to their families children held in “child welfare” institutions and boarding schools in Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should cease unnecessarily separating Uyghur and other Turkic Muslim children from their families.

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Weekly Brief September 6

World Uyghur Congress, 6 September 2019

WUC Calls on German Chancellor to Oppose China on Uyghur Mass Internment

This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel left for her twelfth visit to China. On September 6, she met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping. Ms. Merkel was accompanied by several delegations of German companies, who have so far signed eleven trade agreements with their Chinese counterparts.

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Joint Statement- Day of the Disappeared

Joint Statement – For immediate release
30 August 2019
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

‘At the moment, we don’t know his whereabouts, which prison he is in, or even if he is alive.’

‘On December 26, 2017, my sister took a flight from Malaysia to our home town. We have not heard from her since.’

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Uyghur Exile Group Slams ‘Groundless’ Claims by China of Ties to Terrorism Ahead of UN Rights Council

Radio Free Asia, 28 August 2019

By Adile Ablet – Claims made by China to U.N. member states that the head of a Uyghur exile group is a “terrorist” wanted for criminal activities are “groundless,” his organization said in a statement, suggesting Beijing is seeking to silence criticism of its repressive policies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

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China | We remember the victims of enforced disappearances

Join WUC and our partners this Friday, 30 August 2019, to commemorate the International Day against Enforced Disappearance and make visible those who have been disappeared by Chinese authorities.

On the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances (30 August) a group of human rights NGOs including WUC is raising the alarm on enforced disappearances in China, a country that has for way too long and in total impunity, used that practice to silence any human rights defenders, opponents and other members of civil society.

In the context of a state crackdown on Uyghurs and other ethnic Turkic Muslim groups in China, Adil Mijit, a 55-year-old famous Uyghur comedian, was disappeared in Ururmqi, the capital city of the Uyghur region in November last year.

Mijit’s case is remarkable because of his connections with the Chinese government as his detention signals the sign say, no one is safe, even when you are a performer with a state troupe and employee of the government for almost 35 years.

Mijit and his family believed his longtime government connections would protect him, but his passport was seized by officials when he returned to China from visiting his family in Turkey in June 2017. The family have urged him to stay with them in Turkey. Mijit insisted on returning to the Uyghur region and was disappeared in early November in 2018.

Adil Mijit’s arrest comes as the Chinese authorities’ deliberate policy of targeting Uyghur cultural leaders: writers, academics and artists.

Therefore, on the International Day for Victims of Enforced Disappearances (August 30), WUC jointly with Safeguard Defenders, the International Service for Human Rights, the Tibet Network and the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, will hold a campaign on enforced disappearances on China, giving voice to the families of the disappeared, under the hashtag #StopDisappearances.

Through outreach, social media and direct advocacy, we want to make sure that none of the efforts of the Chinese government to target, intimidate and retaliate with enforced disappearance will go unchecked, and that journalists, academics, politicians and international organisations have both the means and the moral imperative to speak out. 

To silence those with views different from those of the Party, and to discourage those who defend human rights, Chinese authorities have developed a cruel and coherent system of ‘legalised’ disappearance. This framework ranges from internment camps in East Turkistan; incommunicado detention under ‘Residential Surveillance in a Designated Location’ (RSDL); the newly launched National Supervision Commission and its liuzhi system; to the elimination of due process guarantees against prolonged pre-trial detention, lack of access to counsel, and forced confessions; to the so-called ‘non-release release’, where those who have served a prison sentence – often unjustly or arbitrarily – are released into informal custody, house arrest, or worse.

Today, we call on the Chinese government to stop all forms of enforced disappearance. We urge all States to ensure that victims of enforced disappearance by the Chinese state, whether within the People’s Republic of China or elsewhere, are protected; can seek remedy; and can exercise their right to know the truth about the status of their loved ones.

Want to know more about enforced disappearances and the campaign?

  • Read our joint statement in English or in Chinese.
  • Download our explainer, a short publication that explains how to approach the UN system in cases of enforced disappearances in English or in Chinese.
  • Join the campaign by downloading our visuals and reposting them on social media. 

Check out these videos, where relatives of the disappeared tell the stories of their loved ones and the impact of disappearances on themselves and their families. 

 

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