WEEKLY BRIEF: 29 MAY 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 29 May 2020

NEWS

Passing of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 in the House of Representatives
The WUC applauds the passage of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (S.3744) with an overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives. The Act was passed by the Senate earlier this month and the passage in the House is one step closer to the signature into law by the President of the United States. 

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Uyghur human rights advocate Dilnur Reyhan laments lack of Muslim solidarity

GlobalVoices, 23 May 2020

Below is an article published by GlobalVoices, Photo Ikuha.

The 11 million Uyghurs living in the western province of Xinjiang in China are a Muslim Turkic nation that has been targeted by Beijing and deprived of their most basic human rights, including freedom of religion, of movement, and also of transmitting their native language since Xi Jinping took power in China in 2012.

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At least 238 writers and intellectuals were detained for their work last year, advocacy group says

Washington Post, 19 May 2020

Below is an article published by Washington Post, Photo Shelly Acoca/AP.

At least 238 writers, academics and intellectuals around the world were detained in connection to their work last year, according to a report released Tuesday by PEN America, a freedom of expression advocacy group.

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UYGHURS – THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE: The “China-Cables” Interviews

Faces of Democracy, 06 Mai 2020

Below is an article published by Faces of Democracy, Photo Anonymous.

On November 16, 2019, the New York Times published over 400 documents classified as secret, which had previously been leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). These PDF files, known as the “China Cables”, prove one of the most horrific human rights violations of our times, according to the ICIJ, and provide evidence of what the Chinese government has so far described as “one hundred percent pure lies”: The existence of forced internment camps in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, located in the northwest of China, which were built – according to the conclusion drawn by the Journalists involved – for re-educating over a million Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other ethnic minorities.

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‘What Are They Trying To Hide?’ Uyghurs Ask of China’s Media Curbs in Xinjiang

RFA, 2 May 2020 

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo AFP.

China’s tightening curbs on media and speech freedoms compound the hardships of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where authorities stop at nothing to prevent reporting on the close to two million people who have disappeared into internment camps, Uyghur and press advocates said.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 1 May 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 1 May 2020

Princess Hend al Qassimi Speaks up for Uyghur People
This week Princess Hend Al Qassimi spoke up for the Uyghur people in a video shared on social media. Talking to RFA on April 27, Princess Hend Al Qassimi invoked “Killing people or putting them inside these camps is not a solution. (…) We should stand together and approach the Chinese government about ending the camps.” 

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These Uighur Journalists Are Investigating the Fate of 1 Million Muslims in China

Vice, 27 April 2020

Below is an article published by Vice, Photo Vice.

Uighur journalist Shohret Hoshur spends most weekdays tucked inside his office in Washington, making hundreds of phone calls to government offices and police stations across Xinjiang, China. He calls so often that he fears they now recognize his voice, so he’s started using a machine that makes him sound like a young woman, increasing his chances of engaging someone on the other end for a few seconds longer, to squeeze out any bit of information about what’s actually going on with the Uighur Muslims in his homeland.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 24 APRIL 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 24 April 2020

WUC Welcomes Ramadan 2020
On Friday 24, the WUC welcomed the holy month of Ramadan by wishing Muslims all over the world a happy ramadan, and asking them to keep the Uyghurs in their prayers and thoughts. “For three years, Uyghurs have been waiting for the Muslim world to speak on our behalf and hold the Chinese government accountable,” WUC President Dolkun Isa stated. “During Ramadan in 2020, we urge Muslim leaders around the world to reconnect with the beliefs and values they hold and to do what is right by demanding China stop its crimes against humanity against Uyghurs.”  

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