Dismaying Uyghurs, Legislatures of Australian and Turkey Reject Motions on China Genocide Label

Radio Free Asia. 15 March 2021

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Lawmakers in Australia and Turkey rejected motions on Monday to recognize human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region as genocide, disappointing hopes by Uyghurs and other XUAR natives that they would follow similar designations by the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands.

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EXPLAINER: What drives possible boycott of Beijing Olympics

AP News. 15 March 2021

Below is an article publsihed by AP News. Photo:Ashwini Bhatia, File.

Some kind of boycott is almost sure to affect next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics.

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Weekly Brief – 12 March 2021


European Union to Sanction Chinese Officials over Crimes in Uyghur Region
On March 11th, the Wall Street Journal reported that the European Union will target China with sanctions for the first time since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. According to EU diplomats, four officials and one entity from East Turkistan will be sanctioned over their complicity in the severe human rights abuses against Uyghurs.

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EU to Sanction Chinese Officials Over Human-Rights Violations

The Wall Street Journal. 11 March 2021

Below is an article published by The Wall Street Journal. Photo:Bloomberg News.

The European Union is set to target China with sanctions over human-rights abuses for the first time since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, blacklisting four people and one entity in Xinjiang, several diplomats said.

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China’s ‘Slanders and Smears’ at UN Human Rights Council

Human Rights Watch. 11 March 2021

Below is an article published by Human Rights Watch. Photo:Mary Altaffer

The Chinese government has rejoined the United Nations Human Rights Council, having been narrowly reelected in October 2020. Under global pressure on issues ranging from Hong Kong to Xinjiang while trying to revive its regressive resolution on “mutually beneficial cooperation,” Chinese authorities should be thinking collaboration rather than conflict.

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Ban Ki-moon asked to act on complaint against Beijing Games

AP News. 5 March 2021

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Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is being asked to rule on an ethics complaint filed against the International Olympic Committee by a human-rights group representing Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China.

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WEEKLY BRIEF – 05 March 2021


46th UN Human Rights Council Session
On March 3, WUC’s Program & Advocacy Manager, Zumretay Arkin, delivered a statement on behalf of Society for Threatened Peoples during the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism. In her statement, she stresses the negative impact of counter-terrorism laws on the enjoyment of normal family life for Uyghurs, especially for women and children.

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The Young Uyghurs Mobilizing to Keep Their Culture Alive

Yes!Magazine. 4 March 2021

Below is an article published by Yes!Magazine. Photo:AFP.

Munawwar Abdulla has a knack for creating the things she wants to see in the world. When she was growing up in Adelaide, Australia, Abdulla was envious of characters in the novels she loved, who always seemed to have a school paper and passed the time investigating mysteries. So, when she was a teen, Abdulla assembled a team at the Uyghur-language school she’d attended as a kid to start a bilingual Uyghur-English magazine for the students, complete with kids games, cultural lessons, and the students’ writing and art.

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