Weekly Brief March 22

World Uyghur Congress, 22 March 2019

WUC Calls on Italian Government to Put Human Rights First During Xi Jinping’s Visit

In a press release issued on Friday March 22nd, the WUC called on the Italian government to not abandon human rights concerns for the sake of economic relations with China. Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Italy on Friday to meet with the Italian government. Controversy surrounds the visit, as Italy is expected to sign on to China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative on March 23rd, making them the first G7 country to formally do so.

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Official Statement from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Regarding Human Rights Violations Against Uyghurs

Turkish Foreign Ministry, 9 February 2018

QR-6, 9 February 2019, Statement of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hami Aksoy, in response to a question regarding serious human rights violations perpetrated against Uighur Turks and the passing away of folk poet Abdurehim Heyit.

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PRESS RELEASE: World Uyghur Congress, UNPO and Norwegian Uyghur Committee Nominate Ilham Tohti for the Rafto Prize

Press Release – For immediate release
28 January 2019
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

In recognition for his tireless work in raising the human rights concerns of the Uyghur people and for promoting peaceful interethnic dialogue in China, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) and Norwegian Uyghur Committee (NUK) have nominated Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti for the Rafto Prize. The Rafto Prize is awarded annually to recognize the work of human rights defenders and to shed light on serious human rights violations.

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Wife of Canadian citizen jailed 13 years in China fears he’s been ‘forgotten’ amid Huawei crisis

Global News, 24 January 2019

By Josh Elliott – When they were little, Kamila Telendibaeva’s sons used to ask her the same question every day: “When is my dad going to come back?”

Three of her four boys are teenagers now, and they don’t ask about their dad much anymore — except when they see the news. They get worried when they read headlines like “China is holding a million Muslim Uighurs in secretive internment camps.

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Birthday cards to cheer jailed Canadian in China

The Intelligencer, 23 January 2019

By Intelligencer Staff  – The birthday cards will probably reach the man, but it’s not likely to be a happy birthday.

On March 1, Huseyin Celil, a Canadian, will turn 50 inside a Chinese prison.

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Weekly Brief January 18th

World Uyghur Congress, 18 January 2019

Civil Society and Scholars Call for Release of Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti on 5 Year Anniversary of His Arrest

On the five year anniversary of the arrest of Uyghur professor Ilham Tohti, the world Uyghur Congress organised a joint appeal from 18 civil society groups and 132 scholars called for China to grant his immediate release and to heed calls for the release of an untold number of Uyghur scholars currently detained.

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