WEEKLY BRIEF, 04 March 2022


49th Session of the UN Human Rights Council
The UN 49th Session of the Human Rights Council kicked off this week, in Geneva.The UN Secretary-General Antonia Guterres reiterated his call on China to allow the High Commissioner a ”credible visit to China”, including to East Turkistan. During the High-Level Segment, the Foreign Ministers of Germany, Australia, Japan, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Czech Republic, and Turkey raised their concerns about the severe human rights violations committed by the Chinese government against Uyghurs and other Turkic people. Furthermore, these governments also  urged the UN High Commissioner to imminently publish her report on the situation in East Turkistan, which was to be published around January. 

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Press Release – For Immediate Release
04 February, 2022
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre, during which thousands of Uyghurs who took part in a peaceful protest were arrested, wounded, or killed by the Chinese security forces. As the world is focusing on the Beijing Olympics, the WUC remembers the victims of these events, and calls upon the international community to take steps so that atrocities like this will not happen again.

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Uyghur student feared dead after returning to China from Japan

Kyodo News, 29 December 2021

Below is an article published by Kyodo News. Photo Kyodo.

A Uyghur woman who had been studying and teaching in Japan for five years is feared to have died while being investigated by state security police after returning to China two years ago, according to information from Uyghurs in Japan.

Mihray Erkin, 31, from Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang region, returned to the country in June 2019 after learning that her father had been sent to a detention center, people affiliated with the Japan Uyghur Association and other acquaintances said.

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Press Release- For immediate release

16 September, 2021                                                                                                                                  
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is partnering with U.S. Missions and Embassies in Geneva, Brussels, and Berlin to organize exhibitions highlighting the atrocities, abuses, and human rights violations committed by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Turkic people in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Uyghur Region), with a particular focus on internment camps, gender-based violence, forced labor, and family separation.

This exhibitions are open to the public and free of charge and visitors are expected to respect existing COVID-19 protocols in each of the cities. 

Uyghur Voices will be on display in Geneva September 16-18 from 09:00-18:00 at Place des Nations.  Further information regarding the Brussels and Berlin exhibitions will be forthcoming.

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Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai, holds Uyghurs

AP News, 16 August 2021

Below is an article published by AP News. Photo AP.

A young Chinese woman says she was held for eight days at a Chinese-run secret detention facility in Dubai along with at least two Uyghurs, in what may be the first evidence that China is operating a so-called “black site” beyond its borders.

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Let’s Boycott the Genocide Games in Beijing

The Epoch Times, 10 August 2021

Below is an article published by The Epoch Times. Photo Ashwini Bhatia/AP.

Three days ago the Olympic Games in Tokyo ended, with athletes celebrating their medals and nursing their losses. Now, all eyes turn to the next Olympics—the Winter Games next year—and increasingly the question of the legitimacy of the host city: Beijing.

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A Sister’s Plea for Her Brother’s Freedom

Harvard Magazine, 12 August 2021

Below is an article published by Harvard Magazine. Photo Rayhan Asat.

Before he was placed in solitary confinement in January 2019, Ekpar Asat cut the nails of fellow detainees in a Xinjiang concentration camp for Uighurs, an ethnic minority based in Northwest China. The elderly prisoners’ hands shook too much to do it themselves, according to Ekpar’s sister, Rayhan Asat, L.L.M. ’16, who lives in the United States and is fighting for the release of her brother, a political prisoner of the Chinese government.

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The EU Votes to Adopt New Strategy on China

In a resolution adopted on July 22, by 58 votes in favour, 8 against with 4 abstentions, the Foreign Affairs Committee outlines six pillars on which the EU should build a new strategy to deal with China: cooperation on global challenges, engagement on international norms and human rights, identifying risks and vulnerabilities, building partnerships with like-minded partners, fostering strategic autonomy and defending European interests and values. 

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