PRESS RELEASE: Chinese Government Threatens, Intimidates and Slanders WUC

Press Release – For immediate release
13 January 2020
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
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In an effort to undermine the work of the World Uyghur Congress and to slow the growing momentum to release the 1-3 million innocent Uyghurs held in internment camps by the Chinese government and ensure human rights for Uyghurs, the Chinese government has increasingly been attacking the WUC. These have escalated into veiled threats and potentially more serious efforts to intimidate and threaten WUC staff.

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