Weekly Brief, 22 July 2022

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Human Rights NGOs Call for the Release of Uyghur Activist Idris Hasan
On July 19th, one year after the arrest of Uyghur activist Idris Hasan in Morocco, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) joined a coalition of 45 human rights NGOs calling for his release.

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Weekly Brief, 24 June 2022

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Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act Comes Into Force
On June 22nd, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) came into effect in the U.S., banning the import of goods from East Turkistan. The UFLPA establishes a ‘rebuttable presumption’ that all goods, including raw materials, coming from East Turkistan are tainted by forced labour, requiring a high standard of evidence from the importer to show that goods are not tainted with forced labour. 

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Weekly Brief, 10 June 2022

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European Parliament Passes Genocide Resolution, Uyghur Friendship Group Holds First Event
On June 9th, the European Parliament passed a historic resolution recognising the Chinese government’s actions against the Uyghur people as crimes against humanity and represent a “serious risk of genocide”. The resolution highlights the obligations of the EU and its member states under the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide “to put an end to these atrocities and ensure responsibility for the crimes committed”.

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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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