The WUC calls on the government of Indonesia to adhere to international law and the principle of non-refoulment and refrain from forcibly returning Uyghur refugees to China, where they would be severely persecuted due to their Uyghur ethnic identity.
WUC President Dolkun Isa Participates in US Subcommittee Joint Briefing on China’s Oppression of Uyghur Population On August 17, World Uyghur Congress President Dolkun Isa testified at a joint briefing held by subcommittees at the US Congress, on actions needed to address the Uyghur Genocide, calling on the US government to pass the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, along with other recommendations.
According to Mr. Isa, “The Administration should not wait for the Congress. The U.S. should act now to declare that all products from the Uyghur region are banned because of forced labor. This will protect the American consumer from buying facemasks or clothes or ketchup made by the Chinese government genocidal forced labor chain.”
Mayila Yakufu, a Uyghur woman who lives in Ghulja City, was arrested and detained by Xinjiang government in 2019 for “financing overseas terrorism” after she helped her family in Australia to transfer her parents’ savings to their bank accounts abroad. Her sister argued that Yakufu is innocent and the only reason why she is detained is because of her Uyghur identity.
WUC Submits Written Complaint to the IOC The WUC has submitted a written complaint to the IOC Ethics Commission for its refusal to reconsider hosting the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games in China amidst a genocide against Uyghurs. Evidence submitted along with the Complaint from numerous sources proves that a number of crimes against humanity are taking places such as mass sterilization, arbitrary detention in internment camps, torture, repressive security and surveillance, and forced labour and slavery.
On July 5, 2020, the World Uyghur Congress commemorates the 11th anniversary of the Urumqi massacre in East Turkistan. From July 5-7, 2009, thousands of Uyghur protesters were killed, forcibly disappeared or injured in a brutal response from the Chinese government to peaceful protests from mostly Uyghur students in Urumqi in response to China’s policies in the region. This proved to be a pivotal turning point in the Chinese government’s treatment of the Uyghur people.
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.
Jilil Kashgary – Elnur Sidiq, a Uyghur mother of four who lives in exile in Turkey, last heard from her husband Muhemmet Imin Abdulla in March of 2017 before he disappeared back home in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). She learned from sources in the region the following year that Abdulla, the head of traditional medicine wholesaler Xinjiang Tangnuri Co., was detained in an internment camp beginning in October 2017 and sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2018. While Sidiq is certain her husband is being held in a jail in the XUAR capital Urumqi, she doesn’t know which one, and has no information about his legal status or well-being.