PRESS RELEASE: Camp Detainees Particularly Vulnerable During Virus Outbreak

Press Release – For immediate release
27 January 2020
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
+49 89 5432 1999 or 
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The WUC is deeply concerned that the rapidly spreading novel corona virus outbreak, which has affected thousands of people in China, may put the Uyghur people and those detained in camps at particular risk. The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, has already infected 2,000 people and resulted in the deaths of 81 people.

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Rubio: Don’t give China a pass on human rights

Politico, 5 January 2020

Politico Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Sunday that he hopes the signing of a U.S.-China trade deal will not prevent the United States from criticizing China on its human rights abuses.

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Weekly Brief: December 20

World Uyghur Congress, 20 December 2019

Ilham Tohti is awarded the 2019 Sakharov Prize in the European Parliament in Strasbourg

On December 18, the European Parliament awarded the 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to imprisoned Uyghur economist Ilham Tohti. His daughter, Jewher Ilham was present to accept the award on behalf of her father.

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China appears to add a sickening new dimension to its treatment of Uighurs

The Washington Post, 17 December 2019 

The Washingtion Post Editorial Board – At a news conference in Beijing recently, the head of China’s Xinjiang province in the far northwest, Shohrat Zakir, said that “trainees” in a notorious archipelago of reeducation camps had all “graduated,” and “with the help of the government, stable employment has been achieved and their quality of life has been improved.”


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Expert Estimates China Has More Than 1,000 Internment Camps For Xinjiang Uyghurs

RFA, 12 November 2019

By Alim Seytoff & Joshua Lipes – China has built more than 1,000 internment camps for ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), one of the world’s foremost experts on mass incarcerations in the region told RFA.

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Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize awarded to Ilham Tohti

DW, 30 September 2019

DW – The Council of Europe has awarded its prestigious annual human rights award to imprisoned Uighur activist Ilham Tohti. It has also jointly honored the Balkan-based Youth Initiative for Human Rights.

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China ban on some textbooks seen as aimed at Uighur culture

Associated Press, 27 August 2019

By Dake Kang – For 15 years, Yalqun Rozi skillfully navigated state bureaucracies to publish textbooks that taught classic poems and folk tales to millions of his fellow minority Uighurs in China’s far western region of Xinjiang.

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Xinjiang Authorities Detained Uyghur Official Who Quit Due to Injury in Yarkand Incident

Radio Free Asia, 6 August 2019

By Shohret Hoshur – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) detained for one month a Uyghur former official who resigned due to complications from an injury he sustained while fleeing an incident of unrest five years ago, according to sources.

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