China Stages Dancing, Happy Talk For Uyghur Religious Holiday Celebrations

RFA. 21 July 2021

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

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.

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Purge of Mosque Clergy in Xinjiang’s Ghulja Leaves Nobody Left to Conduct Ceremonies

RFA. 16 July 2021

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

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.

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Event: China’s Criminalization of Islam in East Turkistan: The Policy Agenda

World Uyghur Congress, 12 July 2021

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
19:45–20:45 CET

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 Dispossessedfeatured 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.

No registration required, watch on Facebook Live.

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Weekly Brief: 18 June


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. 

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US Muslim group urges Hilton to drop project on bulldozed Uyghur mosque

Anadolu Agency. 15 June 2021

Below is an article published by Anadolu Agency. Photo:Anadolu Agency.

The largest Muslim advocacy organization in the US urged Hilton Worldwide Holdings on Tuesday to drop plans to build a hotel on the site of a bulldozed mosque in China’s Xinjiang region.

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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.

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Press Release – For immediate release
19 May 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is releasing its 2020 annual report on the human rights situation in East Turkistan covering the events of 2020.

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