WEEKLY BRIEF: 20 MARCH 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 20 March 2020

Uyghurs in Turkey: “I Thought I Would Be Safe”
This week, npr started issuing a special series on Uyghurs in Turkey. NPR interviewed several people from the Uyghur diaspora in Turkey who told them that they were arbitrarily arrested and humiliated by Turkish authorities to silence their voices. 

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U.N. rights boss expected in China, including restive Xinjiang region, this year: envoy

Reuter, 26 February 2020

Below is an article published by Reuter, Photo REUTERS/Denis Balibouse.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Remembers the Victims of the Ghulja Massacre on its 23rd Anniversary

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

The World Uyghur Congress remembers the victims of the Ghulja Massacre, on the 23rd anniversary of the incident where hundreds of Uyghurs were killed, arrested or wounded as Chinese security forces violently cracked down on peaceful Uyghur protestors.

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HRW says China poses ‘dire’ threat to human rights

DW, 14 January 2020

wmr/se (Reuters, AFP, dpa) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a scathing assessment of China in its 2020 World Report on Tuesday, accusing Beijing of using its economic and diplomatic leverage to carry out the “most intense attack” ever on the international system for protecting human rights. 

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Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize awarded to Ilham Tohti

DW, 30 September 2019

DW – The Council of Europe has awarded its prestigious annual human rights award to imprisoned Uighur activist Ilham Tohti. It has also jointly honored the Balkan-based Youth Initiative for Human Rights.

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PRESS RELEASE: “70 Years of Repression by China is Enough, Human Rights and Freedom Now!” Peaceful March for Human Rights in China on October 1st in Brussels, Belgium

Joint press release

World Uyghur Congress
International Campaign for Tibet
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation 
Belgian Uyghur Association
Tibetan Community of Belgium

Brussels, 24 September 2019 – On October 1st, the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, the World Uyghur Congress, the International Campaign for Tibet, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation, the Belgian Uyghur Association  and the Tibetan Community in Belgium are organizing a joint march and demonstration in Brussels to call for an end to China’s complete lack of respect for human rights.

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Australian Uyghur Gets Surprise Phone Chat With Incarcerated Mother

Radio Free Asia, 19 August 2019

By Shohret Hoshur – An Australian citizen of Uyghur ethnicity whose wife and mother are being detained in internment camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) had a surprise telephone chat with his mother this month when he called his grandparents to extend Eid holiday greetings.

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WUC Urges the International Community not to Repeat Mistakes of the Past on the 10th Anniversary of the Urumqi Massacre

Press Release – For immediate release
3 July 2019
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

Friday, 5 July 2019, marks the 10th anniversary of the Urumqi massacre in East Turkistan. On 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.

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