WEEKLY BRIEF: 16 JULY 2021

NEWS 

IRF Summit and WUC’s Side Event: China’s Criminalization of Islam in East Turkistan: The Policy Agenda

From July 13th – July 15th , the 2021 International Religious Freedom Summit took place in Washington D.C.; the World Uyghur  Congress (WUC) was one of its supporting partners. On the 14th of July, WUC, the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), and Uyghur American Association (UAA) organized a side event titled “China’s Criminalization of Islam in East Turkistan: The Policy Agenda” that discussed China’s persecution of Uyghurs and the criminalization of religious practice, as well as current and proposed actions to respond to the crisis. UAA’s Kalbinur Gheni testified on her experience with family members detained; Dolkun Isa, WUC President, in a video message provided personal testimony and highlighted proposed actions in the EU; finally, UHRP’s Peter Irwin discussed the organization’s report, Islam Dispossessed,which describes the detention and persecution of Uyghur imams.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC COMMEMORATES 1988 UYGHUR STUDENT PROTEST

Press Release – For Immediate Release
15 June 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) commemorates the 33rd anniversary of Uyghur student protests in Urumchi on June 15th, 1988. The wave of democracy protests led by Uyghur students in East Turkistan complemented democracy protests sweeping across China until the Tiananmen massacre. The protests stood as an early reaction to Chinese policies in the 1980s that openly discriminated against  Uyghur students in particular, and one of the first large-scale public responses to discriminatory policies against Uyghurs.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC COMMEMORATES TIANANMEN SQUARE DEMOCRACY PROTESTORS ON 32ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE TIANANMEN MASSACRE

Press Release – For Immediate Release
04 June 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or
 [email protected]

On the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, during which thousands of Chinese protestors calling for democracy and respect for human rights were brutally suppressed, the World Uyghur Congress commemorates the victims and highlights the importance of democracy and freedom of speech and assembly. Students, teachers, activists and civilians were among those killed during the Tiananmen Square massacre, merely for exercising their right to freedom of assembly and calling for democracy.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC STRONGLY CONDEMNS LIFE SENTENCE OF WUC PRESIDENT’S BROTHER, HUSHTAR ISA

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

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) strongly condemns the sentencing of the WUC President Dolkun Isa’s brother, Hushtar Isa. It was recently reported that he received a life imprisonment sentence, which was confirmed by Radio Free Asia (RFA) today.

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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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PRESS RELEASE: THE WUC COMMEMORATES THE 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE BAREN UPRISING

Press Release – For Immediate Release
05 April 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or
 [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) commemorates the 31st anniversary of the Baren Uprising, which took place in Akto County, Kizilsu Kirghiz Prefecture, from April 5 to 10, 1990. It is estimated that between two and three thousand Uyghurs died in the process and aftermath of the Baren Uprising, and the decade(s) that followed were marked by a significant increase in the brutal repression of Uyghur dissent. 

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Press Release: WUC Strongly Condemns Coerced Statements of Uyghurs

Press Release – For Immediate Release
1 April 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or
 [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) strongly condemns the Chinese government’s use of hostage diplomacy through forced TV confessions of Uyghurs in East Turkistan. 

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The cost of speaking up against China

BBC. 31 March 2021

Below is an article published by BBC. Photo:Jeremy Meek/BBC.

Qelbinur Sedik was making breakfast when the video call came, and the sight of her sister’s name made her nervous. Many months had passed since the two had spoken. In fact, many months had passed since Sedik had spoken to any of her family in China.

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