WEEKLY BRIEF: 3 JULY 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 7 July 2020

NEWS

Advocacy Week in the German Parliament
From July 29 to July 2, the WUC met with members of the German Parliament to brief them on the latest developments, such as the report on forced sterilization and abortion on Uyghur women in East Turkistan, and to discuss what Germany can do. Since this week, Germany has held the Presidency in the EU Council and is also a Member of the UN Security Council as well as the human rights council. We thank the MPs we met for their important and encouraging support and hope that more MPs take the alarming developments in East Turkistan seriously and push the German government to take action. 

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Calls for Action on 11th Anniversary of the July 5th Urumqi Massacre

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

On July 5, 2020, the World Uyghur Congress commemorates the 11th anniversary of the Urumqi massacre in East Turkistan. From July 5-7, 2009, thousands of Uyghur protesters were killed, forcibly disappeared or injured in a brutal response from the Chinese government to peaceful protests from mostly Uyghur students in Urumqi in response to China’s policies in the region. This proved to be a pivotal turning point in the Chinese government’s treatment of the Uyghur people.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 26 JUNE 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 26 June 2020

 NEWS

Han Chinese Shares his impressions of Xinjiang
An ethnic Chinese man who used to live in Urumqi for a long time and left it not long ago was shocked to see how everything had changed completely over the years. According to him, there are checkpoints everywhere which are used by guards to control Uyghurs like prisoners. He also mentions that no one is allowed to rent a house to a non-local Uyghur, meaning that all Uyghurs from other cities are forced to go back.

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A totalitarian surveillance city in China should be a warning to us all

Washington Post, 22 June 2020

Below is an article published by Washington Post, Photo Ng Han Guan/AP. 

Bill Drexel was a 2018-2019 Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he researched Chinese state surveillance.

Large red X’s smeared across the doors of each home. Transformers ripped from their sockets. A lone child’s tricycle, abandoned in the street.

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China accused of intimidating Uighur refugees in Europe

euobserver, 22 June 2020

Below is an article published by euobserver, Photo Yashar Yalkun 

China denies it, but Uighur exiles who fled to EU states say they are still being terrorised by threatening phone-calls, SMS-es, and other forms of what some security services have dubbed “refugee-espionage”.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 19 JUNE 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 19 June 2020

NEWS

Uyghur Human Rights Act Signed Into Law
On June 17, the Uyghur Human Rights Act was signed into law by the U.S. government. This Law marks a vital step for the Uyghur people and efforts to stop the Chinese government’s against humanity in East Turkistan.

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China Is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Men and Boys, Using U.S. Equipment

The New York Times, 17 June 2020

Below is an article published by New York Times, Photo The Shifang Municipal People’s Government.

The police in China are collecting blood samples from men and boys from across the country to build a genetic map of its roughly 700 million males, giving the authorities a powerful new tool for their emerging high-tech surveillance state.

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One-Year Anniversary of the Anti-Extradition Law Protests in Hong Kong: Speech by Rahima Mahmud

 

 

On June 13, Rahima Mahmud, artist and WUC London office representative, spoke at an online rally organized by Democracy by Hong Kong and Stand with Hong Kong in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the anti-extradition law protests.

Please find Ms Mahmuds speech below: 

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