Weekly Brief, 17 June 2022

NEWS

World Uyghur Congress Attends UN Human Rights Council
This week, the World Uyghur Congress’ President, Dolkun Isa, and WUC Program & Advocacy Manager, Zumretay Arkin, participated in the 50th Human Rights Council in Geneva, after two years of online plenary sessions.

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Press Release: WUC Commemorates 1988 Student Protests

Press Release – For immediate release
15 June 2022
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) commemorates the 34rd anniversary of the 1988 Uyghur student protests in Urumqi. Taking place in a context of numerous democracy protests ocurring around China in the 1980s, ending with the Tiananmen massacre in 1989, the Uyghur student protests were one of the most significant large-scale public expressions of discontent against the Chinese government’s discriminatory policies in East Turkistan.

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PRESS RELEASE: UYGHUR GROUPS SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDE HIGH-LEVEL UYGHUR SUMMIT

Press Release – For Immediate Release
31 May 2022
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

From 26-28 May, the World Uyghur Congress, in cooperation with 21 other Uyghur organisations, has successfully conducted its 2022 Uyghur Summit in Munich, Germany. Throughout the international conference and a subsequent series of discussions with East Turkistan diaspora leaders, participants deliberated about the most urgent challenges the Uyghur people are facing and concluded with concrete steps to take the Uyghur cause forward in the period ahead.

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Uighur Muslims in exile call for sanctions on China at Munich conference

As the WUC holds it 2022 East Turkistan / Uyghur Summit, WUC President, Dolkun Isa, calls for sanctions against China in the wake of the Xinjiang Police Files.

Read the full article here:
https://www.anews.com.tr/world/2022/05/26/uighur-muslims-in-exile-call-for-sanctions-on-china-at-munich-conference

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UK, US and Germany say Xinjiang Police Files offer ‘shocking’ new evidence of China’s human rights abuses

Officials from around the world renewed calls for an official investigation into the treatment of Uyghurs in China after a leak of confidential government records and chilling photographs taken inside internment camps in East Turkistan. WUC President, Dolkun Isa, speaks to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) about the Xinjiang Police Files.

Read the full article here:
https://www.icij.org/investigations/china-cables/uk-us-and-germany-say-xinjiang-police-files-offer-shocking-new-evidence-of-chinas-human-rights-abuses/

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How the UK can stop Chinese firms profiting from pain

Last month, the U.K. Health Secretary announced that Chinese surveillance firm, Hikvision, is banned from competing for new business with the Department of Health and Social Care. WUC UK Director, Rahima Mahmut, argues in Politics.co.uk how the U.K. should do more to hold complicit companies to account.

Read the full article here:
https://www.politics.co.uk/comment/2022/05/24/how-the-uk-can-stop-chinese-firms-profiting-from-pain/

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Rights groups press UN ahead of trip to Xinjiang as detention camp list emerges

The WUC joined over 20 Uyghur, Tibetan and international human rights groups protested outside the United Nations in Geneva, calling on the U.N. human rights chief to release her report on abuses in East Turkistan and to consult internment camps survivors and other exiles ahead of her planned visit to the region.

Read the full article here:
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/geneva-protest-05132022193600.html

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Uyghurs in exile use art to combat China’s cultural genocide back home

A musician, singer and a painter try to tell the story of Uyghurs’ rich past as they inspire a new generation. WUC’s UK Director, Rahima Mahmut, talks to Radio Free Asia.

See the full article here:
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/three-artists-05132022181204.html

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