WEEKLY BRIEF, 23 OCTOBER 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 23 October 2020

NEWS

Canadian Parliamentary Committee Labels Uyghur Crisis a “Genocide”
On 21 October, the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (the Subcommittee) in the Canadian Parliament has designated atrocities by the Chinese government against the Uyghur people in East Turkistan to be a genocide in line with the UN Genocide Convention. The Subcommittee came to this important conclusion after holding a three-day hearing, considering relevant reports and hearing the testimony of witnesses to the crisis. The Subcommittee called for a number of concrete action to address the genocide, including levying targeted sanctions on culpable Chinese government officials, provide support for the Canadian Uyghur community and Uyghur refugees, to work within international forums and institutions to push for the recognition of the crisis as a genocide, and measures to ensure that Canadian companies are not complicit in Uyghur forced labour.

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JOINT STATEMENT: Global Call for Release of 12 Hong Kong Activists and Action from World Governments

Joint statement – For immediate release
21 October 2020
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or  [email protected]

‘Hong Kong 12’ detained for over 60 days after allegedly attempting to escape Hong Kong

We, the undersigned condemn the arrest and detention of the 12 Hongkonger activists who are currently being held in incommunicado detention in mainland China (1), including three who were under 18 years old at the time of their arrest.

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WEEKLY BRIEF, 16 OCTOBER 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 16 October 2020

NEWS

WUC Regrets China’s Re-Election to UN Human Rights Council
In anticipation of the elections for the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), UK member of Parliament and shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy has urged the UK government to vote against the re-election of China, the Guardian reported on 10 October. In a letter addressed to UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab, Nandy called for blocking China’s election given its genocidal campaign against the Uyghur people in East Turkistan. “Labour is calling on the government to oppose China’s election to the UN human rights council […] and make clear to the world the reasons for doing so,” she wrote. “In the current circumstances, China cannot be regarded as meeting the required standards.” Nandy’s message rearticulated repeated calls from other politicians and civil society groups, including the World Uyghur Congress, to oppose China’s seat in the HRC.

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Orphaned by the state: How Xinjiang’s gulag tears families apart

The Economist, 16 October 2020

Below is an article published by The Economist. Photo Reuters

For Zumrat Dawut’s three children, Fridays were terrifying. That was the day when officials would question students at their schools in Urumqi, the regional capital of Xinjiang in China’s far west. The interrogators were looking for clues about their lives at home. They wanted to know whether parents prayed or used Islamic greetings at home, or talked to the children about the prophet Muhammad. The information they gleaned could result in a family member being sent to a “vocational training centre”, the government’s euphemism for a camp in Xinjiang’s new gulag.

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China Confirms Jailing of Five Missing Relatives of Netherlands-Based Uyghur Activist

Radio Free Asia, 12 October 2020

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia. Photo Abdurehim Gheni.

At least five of nearly 20 missing relatives of a Netherlands-based Uyghur activist have been sentenced to prison, he recently learned, after receiving a letter confirming the incarcerations from the Chinese government in response to an inquiry by the Dutch foreign ministry.

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PRESS RELEASE: Enough is Enough, Human Rights and Freedom in China Now!

Joint Protest for Human Rights in China on 1 October in Brussels

Press Release– For immediate release
28 September 2020
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or  [email protected]

Brussels, 28 September 2020 – On 1st October, the 71st anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, the World Uyghur Congress, the International Campaign for Tibet, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation, the Belgian Uyghur Association, Lungta – Actief voor Tibet and the Tibetan Community in Belgium are organizing a demonstration in Brussels in order to call on the EU to take urgent and concrete action to hold China accountable for its serious human rights violations. The joint protest will take place from 13:00-14:00 on Petite Rue de la Loi near Schuman roundabout.

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Weekly Brief, 25 September 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 25 September 2020

NEWS

New Study Finds China has Built 380 Internment Camps in East Turkistan since 2017

On September 24th, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) released The Xinjiang Data Project, an online database bringing together rigorous, empirical research on the human rights situation for Uyghurs and other groups in East Turkistan. It focuses on a core set of topics including mass internment camps, surveillance and emerging technologies, forced labour and supply chains, the ‘re-education’ campaign, deliberate cultural destruction and other human rights issues.

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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested on suspicion of unauthorised assembly participation

Hong Kong Free Press, 24 September 2020

Below is an article published by Hong Kong Free Press. Photo Studio Incendo

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has been arrested on suspicion of taking part in an unauthorised assembly on October 5 last year and violating a mask ban, according to a post from his official Twitter account. It occurred while he was reporting to the Central Police Station at around 1 pm on Thursday.

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