WEEKLY BRIEF, 15 JANUARY 2021

NEWS

The U.S., United Kingdom and Canada Will Introduce New Measures in Response to the Grave Human Rights Violations in East Turkistan
The WUC welcomes decisions by the U.S., U.K., and Canadian governments to take new measures to address the grave human rights abuses against Uyghurs in East Turkistan, focused on ending Western companies’ complicity in the use of Uyghur forced labour. On 13 January, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a ban on imports of cotton and tomato products from East Turkistan over forced labour concerns. This follows other import restrictions issued last year. On January 12th, the U.K. Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, announced new government requirements for British companies to prove that their supply chains are not tainted by Uyghur forced labour. In coordination with the U.K., Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne announced on the same day that Canada is taking similar measures to ensure that products of Uyghur forced labour are not entering Canadian supply chains and making companies complicit in these human rights abuses.

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Uyghurs in Turkey face an uncertain future as Ankara considers the fate of its extradition agreement with Beijing

William Yang, 14 January 2021

Below is an article published by William Yang. Photo AFP.

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress ratified the extradition agreement signed in 2017 with Turkey on December 26, 2020. The news made thousands of Uyghurs living in Turkey begin to fear for the possibility that they might be extradited back to China at Beijing’s request. Meanwhile, the international community is also closely monitoring whether Turkey’s parliament will ratify the agreement or not.

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Weekly Brief, 08 January 2021

NEWS

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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China brings its cruel crackdown on Uighur advocates to the U.S.

The Washington Post, 04 January 2021

Below is an article published by The Washington Post. Photo Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images.

Not content with suppressing all dissent inside its borders, China’s Communist regime has become increasingly aggressive in its efforts to shut down foreign critics, including in the United States and other Western democracies. A particularly cruel example of that policy emerged last week when a U.S.-based Uighur family revealed that a close relative in China had been handed a 20-year prison sentence in apparent retaliation for their activism.

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Weekly Brief, 01 January 2021

NEWS

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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