Weekly Brief, 08 January 2021


WUC Welcomes Marks & Spencers’ Commitment to Call to Action against Uyghur Forced Labour
On the 7th of January, the World Uyghur Congress, as part of the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region, shared a press release in which the Coalition welcomed the decision of British multinational retailer Marks & Spencer to sign the Coalition’s Call to Action. The company publicly announced its formal commitment to cut all ties with suppliers implicated in Uyghur forced labour and to ban any sourcing from the Uyghur Region, from cotton to finished garments. While the Coalition welcomed the decision of Marks & Spencer, it simultaneously called upon other companies to do the same and undertake real action to ensure they are not profiting from Uyghur forced labour.

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China-Turkey extradition treaty and implications on Uyghurs

Observer Research Foundation, 05 January 2020

Below is an article published by Observer Research Foundation. Photo AFP.

China has recently ratified its extradition treaty with Turkey aimed at strengthened judicial cooperation to facilitate a crackdown on transnational criminals including terrorists. The treaty was signed during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Beijing in 2017. However, the Turkish Parliament is yet to ratify it. If ratified by Ankara, the extradition treaty will have a devastating effect on the 50,000 strong Uyghur diaspora living in Turkey. Besides Turkey, China has already signed such extradition treaties to promote judicial assistance with 81 countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan and many Central Asian republics.

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Beijing Accelerates Campaign of Ethnic Assimilation

Wall Street Journal, 31 December 2020

Below is an article published by Wall Street Journal. Photo Greg Baker/AFP

To realize the China of his dreams, Xi Jinping wants to meld the nation’s dozens of ethnic groups into a singular national identity.

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Weekly Brief, 01 January 2021


China Uses Tourism to Smother Uyghur Culture
On December 31st, the Economist published an article in which it highlighted how Chinese authorities are not only attacking Uyghur culture by destroying mosques and other places of cultural and religious significance, but also through mass Han-Chinese tourism. The article shows how the outlook of many Uyghur sites of cultural heritage – and their “official” meanings – are altered to accommodate Han tourists. In this way, the powers these places hold as sites are changed forever for Uyghurs.  

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Turkish Lawmakers Vow to Block Extradition Treaty With China That Puts Uyghurs at Risk

Radio Free Asia, 29 December 2020

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia. Photo AFP

China’s National People’s Congress ratified a treaty with Turkey at the weekend allowing for the forcible deportation of ethnic Uyghurs fleeing persecution by authorities in Xinjiang, with opposition lawmakers in Turkey vowing to block ratification in their own parliament.

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Pressure on Turkey to protect Uighurs as China ratifies extradition treaty

The Guardian, 29 December 2020

Below is an article published by The Guardian. Photo Ozan Köse/AFP/Getty Images

Beijing has ratified an extradition treaty with Turkey that human rights groups warn could endanger Uighur families and activists fleeing persecution by Chinese authorities if it is adopted by Ankara.

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Press Release – For immediate release
9 December 2020
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
+49 89 5432 1999 or
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As December 10 marks the 72nd year of International Human Rights Day, the World Uyghur Congress reiterates the importance of human rights and democratic freedoms for a better and more just world. On this occasion, the WUC highlights the deterioration of the situation in East Turkistan and the systematic violations of the fundamental rights of the Uyghur people. Today, the Uyghur people are facing genocide at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), yet there have been very few concrete steps to meaningfully resolve this crisis.

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UN investigator: Rights of minorities to worship undermined

Sight Magazine, 05 November 2020

Below is an article published by Sight Magazine. Photo AP/NG Han Guan

The UN special investigator on religious freedom urged countries to repeal laws undermining the right of minorities to worship and hold beliefs, pointing as examples to China’s detention of Uighurs, 21 countries that criminalise apostasy, and sweeping surveillance of Christians in North Korea and Muslims in Thailand.

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