WEEKLY BRIEF: 10 JULY 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 10 July 2020

NEWS

Call for UK phone companies to review Huawei ties with human rights violations
Representing two British Uyghur activists (Rahima Mahmut and Enver Tohti), Lawyers for Uyghur Rights, a group championing Uyghur rights in East Turkistan, wrote a letter to seven big UK telecoms. The group requested more information on their involvement with Huawei.

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The Uyghur Meshrep: A traditional community gathering censored in China

Global Voices, 8 July 2020

Below is an article published by Global Voices, Photo Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

The Uyghurs, a Turkic nation of over 25 million people who live across Central Asia, have a long history and a rich cultural heritage that combines elements of nomadism and sedentarism, pre-Islamic, Sufi, and Muslim spiritual traditions. One component of this culture is the meshrep ( مەشرەپ in Uyghur), a community gathering, mostly male, in which music and judgement on moral conduct play a key role. 

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China’s Software Stalked Uighurs Earlier and More Widely, Researchers Learn

The New York Times, 1 July 2020

Below is an article published by The New York Times, Photo Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Before the Chinese police hung high-powered surveillance cameras and locked up ethnic minorities by the hundreds of thousands in China’s western region of Xinjiang, China’s hackers went to work building malware, researchers say.

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What’s happening in Xinjiang is genocide

The Washington Post, 6 July 2020

Below is an article published by The Washington Post, Photo Thomas Peter/Reuters

WHAT HAS been known until now about China’s persecution of the Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang province has focused on cultural genocide: concentration camps intended to eradicate their language, traditions and ways of life. This was cruel enough. But new evidence has surfaced that China has also imposed on the Uighurs a form of demographic genocide with forced sterilizations and other measures aimed at reducing the population.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 3 JULY 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 7 July 2020

NEWS

Advocacy Week in the German Parliament
From June 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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