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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WEEKLY BRIEF, 18 DECEMBER 2020

NEWS

WUC Webinar “Uyghur Rights: One Year after Ilham Tohti’s Sakharov Prize
On December 18, the WUC hosted a webinar to discuss what has changed since the 2019 Sakharov Prize was awarded to Ilham Tohti for his advocacy for Uyghur rights. The panel speakers included MEPs Marie Arena, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Bernard Guetta, former MEP Phil Bennion, Sinologist Marie Holzman, Yaxue Cao, Founder and editor of China Change, and former MEP Assistants Sophie Sohm and Burak Yusmak.

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WUC Applauds Resolution on the Uyghur Crisis by the European Parliament

Press Release – For immediate release
17 December 2020
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or
 [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) applauds the adoption of a strong urgency resolution by the European Parliament on the Uyghur crisis, which was passed by an overwhelming majority today. This marks the fourth time in just over two years that the European Parliament addresses the Uyghur crisis in a resolution. Though the WUC welcomes the continuing resolve of the European Union (EU) to speak out, the urgency of the situation for the Uyghur people in East Turkistan, which has worsened dramatically since the last resolution in 2019, demands that the EU now puts its words into action to stop the Uyghur genocide. 

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Uighur exploitation in China slammed as ‘modern day slavery’

Deutsche Welle, 16 December 2020

Below is an article published by Deutsche Welle.

China’s treatment of ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region came into the spotlight again after a new report found evidence indicating Uighur laborers are being forced to pick cotton by hand.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC EXPRESSES CONCERNS OVER NEW EVIDENCE OF FORCED LABOUR

Press Release – For immediate release
15 December 2020
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) expresses its concerns by the findings of another important report by Dr Adrian Zenz for the Center for Global Policy on the extent of forced labour in East Turkistan, which revealed the state-sponsored transfer programs that coerce hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples into forced labour settings. Moreover, the report provides strong evidence that the production of cotton in East Turkistan involves a coercive, state-run program targeting the Uyghur and other Turkic peoples. 

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WEEKLY BRIEF, 13 DECEMBER 2020

NEWS

International Human Rights Day
On December 10th, which marked the 72nd year of International Human Rights Day, the World Uyghur Congress reiterated in its press release the importance of human rights and democratic freedoms for a better and more just world. On this occasion, the WUC highlighted the deterioration of the situation in East Turkistan and the systematic violations of the fundamental rights of the Uyghur people. Today, the Uyghur people are facing genocide at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), yet there have been very few concrete steps to meaningfully resolve this crisis.

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