Statement: Coalition Calls on IOC to Announce Human Rights Due Diligence Plan ahead of Beijing 2022 Olympics

End Uyghur Forced Labour, 03.02.2021
Below is an article published by End Uyghur Forced Labour, Photo End Uyghur Forced Labour.

The Coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labour joins the call for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to articulate its human rights due diligence plan this month, in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics—one year ahead of the start of the Games.

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PRESS RELEASE: Over 180 Rights Groups and Activists call on Governments to Commit to a Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing 2022 

Press Release – For immediate release
03 February 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

Activists warn anything less will be an endorsement of China’s blatant disregard for civil and human rights

The IOC has failed to uphold ‘Olympic Values’ so far, but still have time to reverse past mistakes’ 

Today, just one-year ahead of the opening of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, a coalition of Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, Hong Kong, Taiwanese, Chinese Democracy, and human rights campaign groups issued an open letter [1] to governments warning they must support a diplomatic boycott the Games or risk emboldening China’s appalling rights abuses and crackdowns on dissent. The letter was launched as part of a global campaign marking the year-countdown to the proposed opening of the 2022 Games. [2]  

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Leaked Chinese Police Database Reveals Mass Surveillance of Uyghurs
On 29 January, the Intercept analyzed millions of leaked files from a massive Chinese police database, centered on Ürümqi, which offer an inside view of mass surveillance facilitating repression and arbitrary detainment of Uyghurs in the internment camp system. The analysis reveals that police use community informants such as text messages, phone contacts, e-commerce and banking records to collect massive amounts of information on Uyghurs in Ürümqi. Moreover, invasive surveillance techniques are found to watch for signs of religious enthusiasm, which are generally equated with extremism. Wearing a long beard or a headscarf, talking to relatives living abroad, or visiting other countries are hence categorized by the Chinese government as extremist behaviour. These categorizations mirror those of the earlier reported “Aksu list”. Together, these government files show how Uyghurs are targeted by Chinese authorities for everyday, lawful behaviour.

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Huawei patent mentions use of Uighur-spotting tech

BBC, 13 January 2021

Below is an article published by BBC. Photo Reuters

A Huawei patent has been brought to light for a system that identifies people who appear to be of Uighur origin among images of pedestrians.

The filing is one of several of its kind involving leading Chinese technology companies, discovered by a US research company and shared with BBC News.

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Beijing Accelerates Campaign of Ethnic Assimilation

Wall Street Journal, 31 December 2020

Below is an article published by Wall Street Journal. Photo Greg Baker/AFP

To realize the China of his dreams, Xi Jinping wants to meld the nation’s dozens of ethnic groups into a singular national identity.

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Weekly Brief, 01 January 2021


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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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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