Spectre of 1936 and 1980 haunts Beijing 2022 as fear and repression breed silence

As the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics – the most controversial Games since Berlin 1936 and Moscow 1980 – are set to begin in just two days, mounting human rights concerns loom large.

WUC Program and Advocacy Manager Zumretay Arkin spoke to the Guardian about meetings with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who completely disregarded the suffering of Uyghurs and other affected ethnic groups in China.

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How Award-Winning Journalist Uses Technology to Detail Abuses in Xinjiang

Voice of America, 18 August 2021

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Journalist Megha Rajagopalan has made a name for herself over the years covering the plight of Uyghurs in the autonomous Xinjiang region in northwestern China.

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Interview: Photographer Patrick Wack on the Kodak row, and documenting Xinjiang as night falls on its culture

Hong Kong Free Press. 1 August 2021

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One featured a Uyghur man standing in a sliver of sunlight, looking out a doorway onto a dried-up lake in Turpan. He wears a Taqiyah, a traditional Muslim skullcap.

But it was not the photographs themselves that prompted an outcry from angry Chinese netizens, but the post’s description.

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Genocide and Genocide Denial

Eurasia Review. 25 May 2021

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The Chinese government’s systematic, comprehensive, and multi-faceted genocidal policy against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims has reached a new phase in my homeland.

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Chinese authorities order video denials by Uyghurs of abuses

AP News. 20 May 2021

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China has highlighted an unlikely series of videos this year in which Uyghur men and women deny U.S. charges that Beijing is committing human rights violations against their ethnic group. In fact, a text obtained by the AP shows that the videos are part of a government campaign that raises questions about the willingness of those filmed.

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Press Release: Dozens of Activists in Exile Call for Immediate Suspension of Extradition Treaties between European Member States and Mainland China

Press Release – For immediate release
20 May 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

55 activists in exile – with the support of Safeguard Defenders, Hong Kong Watch and the World Uyghur Congress – have called for “urgent coordinated action to suspend all Bilateral Extradition Agreements between EU Member States and the People’s Republic of China.”

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC LAUNCHES 2020 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT

Press Release – For immediate release
19 May 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is releasing its 2020 annual report on the human rights situation in East Turkistan covering the events of 2020.

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Uyghur School Director, Brother of RFA Reporter Jailed For 14 Years After Stint in Xinjiang Camp

RFA. 3 May 2021

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A Uyghur academic director and prolific translator who is the brother of an RFA reporter has been sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence following two years spent in an internment camp in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) for “religious extremism,” according to officials.

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