WEEKLY BRIEF, 18 NOVEMBER

NEWS

World Leaders Speak with Xi Jinping at G20 Summit, Raise Uyghur Human Rights

This week, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia, several world leaders met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in person for the first time since he secured a third term in power in October and the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. These were also the first face-to-face meetings between Xi and most democratic G20 leaders since the release of the UN Uyghur Report and the wider global outcry over the Uyghur genocide. According to a readout of the White House, U.S. President Biden, expressed “concerns about PRC practices in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, and human rights more broadly.”

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Open Call from Civil Society for Access to EU Customs Trade Information

To: Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni 

CC: 
Executive Vice-President European Green Deal Frans Timmermans;
Executive Vice-President A Europe Fit for the Digital Age Margrethe Vestager;
Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton; 
Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders; 
Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius;
Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis; 
Member of the European Parliament Anna Cavazzini, chair of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO); 
Member of the European Parliament Monika Hohlmeier, chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control; 
Member of the European Parliament Bernd Lange, chair of the Committee on International Trade; Member of the European Parliament Maria Arena, chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights;
Member of the European Parliament Adrián Vázquez Lázara, chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs; Director General Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD) Gerassimos Thomas. 

16th November, 2022 

Subject: Reforming the Union customs legislation to allow non-state actors to access customs trade information 

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WEEKLY BRIEF, 4 NOVEMBER

NEWS

Record Number of UN Member States Condemn China’s Crimes Against Uyghurs

On October 31st, 50 UN Member States issued a joint statement condemning the Chinese government’s atrocity crimes against the Uyghur people, following the conclusions of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) report. It was the largest group of states to publicly denounce Beijing’s human rights violations against Uyghurs. The statement was presented to UN member states by Canada at a meeting of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee, which focuses on human rights.

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WEEKLY BRIEF, 28 OCTOBER 2022

NEWS

UK Court to Hear Uyghur Demands to Ban East Turkistan Cotton

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) have taken the U.K. government to court to challenge Britain’s failure to block the import of cotton products associated with forced labour and other abuses in East Turkistan. 

From 25-26 October, a WUC delegation attended the official hearing, which is believed to be the first time a foreign court hears legal arguments from the Uyghurs over the issue of forced labour in East Turkistan. The WUC’s lawyers Jenni Richards KC and Tom Forster KC  said there were reasonable grounds to suspect breaches of criminal and civil law under the Foreign Prison-Made Goods Act 1897 and the Proceeds of Crime Act (Poca) 2002, which concerns money laundering.

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Open Letter to CBP on Trade Data Transparency

October 20, 2022

The Honorable Chris Magnus
Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20229

Re: Open Letter on Trade Data Transparency

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Civil Society Statement on the Proposed Regulation on Prohibiting Products Made With Forced Labour on the Union Market

Joint Statement – For immediate release
11 October 2022
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, coalitions and trade unions, welcome the European Commission’s (Commission) legislative proposal for a Regulation on prohibiting products made with forced labour on the Union market.

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Press Release: WUC Calls on Japanese Government to Take Meaningful Action in Response to the Uyghur Genocide

Press Release – For immediate release
26 September 2022
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is calling upon the Japanese government to take meaningful and tangible action in response to the strong findings of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) concerning the Uyghur and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan.

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