WEEKLY BRIEF – 05 March 2021

NEWS

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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PRESS RELEASE:  WUC Submits to Ban Ki-Moon, Chair of IOC Ethics Commission for Breach of Procedural Rules 

Press Release – For immediate release
5 March 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected] 

On February 26, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has formally written to Mr Ban Ki Moon in his role as Chair of the International Olympic Committee’s Ethics Commission. Raising its grievance in relation to the failure of the Ethics Office to follow the Rules of Procedure Governing Cases of Possible Breach of Ethical Principles, it calls on Mr Ban Ki Moon to either examine the Complaint himself or to appoint a new Ethics and Compliance Officer to do so properly.

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‘Truth and reconciliation’: Excerpts from the Xinjiang Clubhouse

SupChina. 3 March 2021

Below is an article published by SupChina. Photo:AFP

On Saturday, February 6, two days before it would be banned across China, the social media app Clubhouse had a defining moment. As numerous news outlets have reported, a room called “Is there a concentration camp in Xinjiang?” attracted a brief flourishing of speech and free discussion among Chinese people in the era of state censorship.

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How Beijing uses family videos to try to discredit Uyghur advocates

Hong Kong Free Press. 28 February 2021

Below is an article published by Hong Kong Free Press. Photo:Google Earth.

Those who have escaped the region believe their relatives face restrictions in communicating with them. As the silence grows, many hear rumours that their mothers, fathers, siblings, or friends have been sent to detention centres. Without a response from the Chinese state, overseas Uyghurs turn to campaigning, believing that international pressure may save their loved ones.

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China: Baseless Imprisonments Surge in Xinjiang

Human Rights Watch. 24 February 2021

Below is an article published by Human Rights Watch. Photo:2018 Reuters/Thomas Peter.

(New York) – The Chinese government has increased its groundless prosecutions with long prison sentences for Uyghurs and other Muslims in recent years in China’s Xinjiang region, Human Rights Watch said today. Since the Chinese government escalated its repressive “Strike Hard Campaign against Violent Terrorism” in late 2016, the region’s formal criminal justice system has convicted and sentenced more than 250,000 people.

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WEEKLY BRIEF – 19 FEBRUARY 2021

NEWS

WUC Awards Camp Survivors
On February 13, the WUC hosted a virtual meeting to highlight the courage of all the camp survivors. These brave Uyghurs and Kazakhs who witnessed first hand the genocidal crimes of the Chinese Communist Party shared their testimonies with the international community and gave a better understanding of the severity of the situation. WUC applauds every single of them and appreciates their immense contribution to the cause. To show its gratitude, the WUC has awarded the camp survivors with an award for their bravery and each of them was presented with a contribution of 1000 euros.

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WUC Awards Camp Survivors

On February 13, the World Uyghur Congress hosted a Virtual Meeting to highlight the courage of all the camp survivors. These brave Uyghurs and Kazakhs who witnessed first hand the genocidal crimes of the Chinese Communist Party shared their testimonies with the international community and gave a better understanding of the severity of the situation.

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