WEEKLY BRIEF – 07 MAI 2021

NEWS

Hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives on the Uyghur Crisis
On May 6, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing on “The Atrocities Against Uyghurs And Other Minorities in Xinjiang”. Mr. Nury Turkel, USCIRF Commissioner and Chairman of the Board Uyghur Human Rights Project, Ms Tursunay Ziyawudun, camp survivor , and Mr. James A. Millward, Professor of Inter-societal History Walsh School of Foreign Service Georgetown University, spoke as witnesses during the hearing. “I am not asking for sympathy for myself. I am asking the world to wake up and take action”, the courageous Tursunay Ziyawudun said in her testimony. 

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Mosque in Xinjiang’s Ghulja City Repurposed as Hotel

RFA. 29 April 2021

Below is an article published by RFA. Photo: RFA listener.

Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have leased a mosque in Ghulja (in Chinese, Yining) city to a Han Chinese businessman from the capital Beijing, who turned the place of worship into a tourist hotel, according to sources.

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WEEKLY BRIEF – 30 APRIL 2021

NEWS

Uyghur-Chinese International NGO Online Conference

Last Sunday, the World Uyghur Congress co-hosted the Uyghur-Chinese international NGO online conference, bringing together prominent Uyghur and Chinese human rights activists to discuss the ongoing human rights atrocities in China. MP Nusrat Ghani from the UK and MEP Engin Eroglu have both shared remarks at the conference.

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PRESS RELEASE: THE WUC COMMEMORATES THE 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE BAREN UPRISING

Press Release – For Immediate Release
05 April 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or
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The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) commemorates the 31st anniversary of the Baren Uprising, which took place in Akto County, Kizilsu Kirghiz Prefecture, from April 5 to 10, 1990. It is estimated that between two and three thousand Uyghurs died in the process and aftermath of the Baren Uprising, and the decade(s) that followed were marked by a significant increase in the brutal repression of Uyghur dissent. 

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WEEKLY BRIEF – 01 April 2021

NEWS

UN Experts Concerned about the Situation of Uyghurs
A group of more than 16 independent UN human rights experts have sent a letter to Chinese and multinational companies, raising deep concerns about ‘the alleged arbitrary detention and forced labour’ of Uyghurs. The letter was in response to information that connected over 150 domestic Chinese and foreign-domiciled companies to serious allegations of human rights abuses against Uyghur workers. The WUC joined civil society organisations welcoming this decision, and urged other actors, such as the International Labour Organisation to break its silence on the matter.

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The cost of speaking up against China

BBC. 31 March 2021

Below is an article published by BBC. Photo:Jeremy Meek/BBC.

Qelbinur Sedik was making breakfast when the video call came, and the sight of her sister’s name made her nervous. Many months had passed since the two had spoken. In fact, many months had passed since Sedik had spoken to any of her family in China.

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WEEKLY BRIEF – 26 MARCH 2021

EU, US, UK, Canada Impose Sanctions on Four Chinese Officials and one Entity
The World Uyghur Congress applauds the decision of the European Union (EU), Canada, United Kingdom and the United States to sanction four Chinese officials and one Chinese entity over their complicity in the atrocities against the Uyghurs and other Turkic people in East Turkistan.

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Airbnb asked to drop Olympic ties over China rights issues

AP News. 23 March 2021

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Airbnb Inc. is being asked to drop its sponsorship connections to next year’s Beijing’s Winter Olympics by a coalition of 150 human-rights campaigners.

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