Weekly Brief, 14 April 2022

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Uyghurs at Risk of Being Deported from Saudi Arabia
On March 13th, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) received credible information that two Uyghur women, Buheliqiemu Abula and her 13-year old daughter Baibure Miremaiti, were at imminent risk of being deported back to China. They are among four Uyghurs who have been detained in Saudi Arabia, two of them since November 2020.

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Weekly Brief, 08 April 2022

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WUC Co-Sponsors the Geneva Summit for Human Rights
On April 6th, the Geneva Summit for Human Rights, a major conference that shines a spotlight on urgent human rights situations that require global attention, took place. As the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) was a co-sponsor this year, Program and Advocacy Manager Zumretay Arkin participated on behalf of the WUC. The Summit brought together courageous activists defending human rights around the globe.

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Weekly Brief, 25 March 2022

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WUC Condemns Presence of Chinese Foreign Minister at OIC Council
Ahead of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which took place on 22-23 March 2022 in Islamabad, Pakistan, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) expressed its deep concern over the attendance of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The WUC called upon the OIC to reject the coercive influence of the Chinese government and break its silence on the Uyghur genocide. This call was heard by the Turkish Foreign Minister, who raised Turkey’s concern about the Uyghur genocide and urged the OIC to address this issue to uphold the values of Islam and the organisation.

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US sanctions Chinese officials for repression of Uyghurs

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has also sought to downplay the Uyghur genocide at a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on in Islamabad.

Dolkun Isa, president of the World Uyghur Congress, criticized Wang’s attendance and urge the OIC to stand up for Uyghurs. Read the full article here:
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/us-sanctions-03222022164737.html

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China’s hunters and their merciless campaign to find and bring back Uyghur dissidents around the world

A new report by Safeguard Defenders has “uncovered a merciless, intentional and relentless campaign [by the Chinese government] to find [Uyghurs] wherever they are” and forcibly return them to China.

Such involuntary returns are key to China’s transnational repression, which has also affected the World Uyghur Congress (WUC). For years, the Chinese authorities have attempted to block the activism of WUC President, Dolkun Isa, through the issuing of a Red Notice against him.

Read the full article here:
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/features/chinas-illegal-methods-used-kidnap-uyghur-dissidents

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How China is using black sites in the UAE as they target Uyghurs abroad

Chinese agents and police routinely operate in other countries, attempting to identify Uyghurs who have fled China. Some are coerced into spying for the Chinese government, while others simply vanish.

WUC UK Director, Rahima Mahmut, features in an exclusive Sky News documentary:
https://news.sky.com/story/how-china-is-using-black-sites-in-the-uae-as-they-target-uyghurs-abroad-12536140

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US urged to help Uyghurs in deportation peril in Morocco, Saudi Arabia

Uyghurs facing imminent deportation from Morocco and Saudi Arabia to China, where they are at risk of torture and other human rights violations, are in dire need diplomatic intervention from Washington, the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC)said in a letter to Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.

Read the full article here:
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/usa-deportation-02032022074839.html

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Weekly Brief, 14 January 2022

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WUC Joins Protest Action Urging Allianz to Drop its Sponsorship of Beijing Olympics
On January 7th, the World Uyghur Congress took part in a protest action organized by Tibet Initiative Deutschland to urge Allianz to drop its sponsorship of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, in the face of China’s egregious human rights abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans, and others. During the action, WUC Program Manager Zumretay Arkin presented Allianz with a change.org petition, which was signed by over 46,000 individuals asking the company to drop its sponsorship of the Beijing Olympics.

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