China has employed a heavy-handed campaign this week to co-opt a Muslim holiday celebrated by Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, with staged displays of happy, dancing ethnic minorities and interviews to counter accusations of widespread rights abuses in the region, Uyghur exiles said.
Nearly all Uyghur clergymen from a mosque in a city in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been imprisoned, leaving no one in the community who is able to conduct religious ceremonies, said two sources familiar with the current situation in a corner of Xinjiang near Kazakhstan.
Join the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), Uyghur American Association (UAA), and World Uyghur Congress (WUC) for a presentation of new evidence of China’s persecution of Uyghurs and the criminalization of religious practice, as well as discussion of current and proposed actions to respond to the crisis.
Kalbinur Gheni, Uyghur advocate and UAA member, will provide testimony on her experience with family members detained for religious practice; Elfidar Iltebir, Uyghur advocate and UAA Board Member will speak about the work of UAA in the U.S.; Dolkun Isa, WUC President, will provide personal testimony and actions in Europe; Ataullah Şahyar, President of the East Turkistan Ulema Council, will provide personal testimony on his experience of repression as a religious leader in the Uyghur homeland; and Peter Irwin will discuss a new UHRP report, Islam Dispossessed—featured by the BBC—which exposes the detention and persecution of Uyghur imams.
Opening remarks will be provided by Ambassador Samuel Brownback, Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Jennifer Wexton, Rep. Michael McCaul, and UHRP Executive Director Omer Kanat.
German Parliament Adopts “Supply Chain Diligence Act” On June 11th, the German Bundestag adopted the “Supply Chain Due Diligence Act”. It includes a number of points that have the potential to contribute to greater human rights and environmental due diligence by companies in their value chains. The Supply Chain Act initiates an urgently needed paradigm shift in Germany, unfolds a preventive effect, and creates strong regulatory oversight and enforcement.
The Uyghur Tribunal Holds its First Set of Hearings From June 4 to 7, the Uyghur Tribunal held its first set of four-day hearings, during which dozens of fact and expert witnesses testified about their experiences of, and research findings on, the Uyghur crisis. Over the course of these four days, the Uyghur Tribunal’s expert panel heard various camp survivors, who described systematic rape and other forms of gender-based violence, torture, killings, and other forms of severe maltreatment.
The World Uyghur Congress has released its newsletter covering the month of May concerning our activities as well as the most prevalent issues concerning the Uyghur community in East Turkistan and elsewhere. The newsletter looks at a number of developing stories coming out of the region and updates on the activities of the World Uyghur Congress, including:
Hearings on the Uyghur Genocide in National Parliaments
WUC Attends Protest and Press Conference in the Hague
UN High-Level Virtual Event on the Situation of Uyghurs and other Turkic Peoples in the Uyghur Region
Voices of Uyghur camp survivors: A Conversation with Gulbahar Jalilova
WUC Releases its 2020 Annual Report
Also included in the newsletter are our recent and upcoming advocacy activities in Europe and elsewhere as well as other Uyghur-related news stories. Read the newsletter here.