WEEKLY BRIEF – 05 March 2021


46th UN Human Rights Council Session
On March 3, WUC’s Program & Advocacy Manager, Zumretay Arkin, delivered a statement on behalf of Society for Threatened Peoples during the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism. In her statement, she stresses the negative impact of counter-terrorism laws on the enjoyment of normal family life for Uyghurs, especially for women and children.

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Chinese gov’t figures show sharp decline in Xinjiang birth rate amid mounting claims of Uighur ‘genocide’

Hong Kong Free Press. 25 Feb 2021

Below is an article published by Hong Kong Free Press. Photo: La Priz via Flickr.

Population statistics published by the Chinese government show a sharp decline in birth rates in Xinjiang amid reports of mass internment and population control of ethnic minorities in the region. The region’s growth rate shrank by around two-thirds within two years, according to the figures which run up until 2019.

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Weekly Brief – 25 February 2021


Canadian House of Commons Recognizes Uyghur Genocide
On the 22nd of February, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) applauded the adoption of a Opposition Motion Bill in the House of Commons of Canada, acknowledging China’s crackdown on Uyghurs and other Turkic people, as genocide.

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Facebook ‘is taking money from China to promote propaganda denying crimes against humanity targeting Uyghur Muslims’

Daily Mail, 18 February 2021

Below is an article published by the Daily Mail. Photo Gazette Press.

Facebook is taking money from China to promote Communist propaganda which denies atrocities against the Uyghur Muslims, an investigation has revealed.

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Major camera company can sort people by race, alert police when it spots Uighurs

LA Times, 09 February 2021

Below is an article published by the LA Times. Photo AFP.

Facial recognition software developed by China-based Dahua, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of video surveillance technology, purports to detect the race of individuals caught on camera and offers to alert police clients when it identifies members of the Turkic ethnic group Uighurs.

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Leading Lawyers Conclude China is Committing Crimes against Humanity and Genocide in East Turkistan
The Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), in partnership with the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), has obtained an authoritative legal opinion on the treatment of Uyghurs by Chinese authorities. In what is the first legal opinion published by barristers pursuant to formal instructions, leading lawyers at Essex Court Chambers (London), led by Alison McDonald QC, conclude that the available evidence credibly establishes that crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide have been committed.

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China bans BBC for ‘fake news’ on Xinjiang, coronavirus

Politico, 11 February 2021

Below is an article published by Politico. Photo Carl Court/Getty Images.

Chinese authorities banned BBC World News on Thursday, accusing the British broadcaster of not being “factual and fair,” according to a government statement.

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