Weekly Brief, 25 December 2020

NEWS

Uyghur Man Dies by Suicide after Learning He Would Be Sent to an Internment Camp
On December 18th, Radio Free Asia reported that a young Uyghur man, who went missing after he learned he would be sent to one of the internment camps in East Turkistan, has been found to have died by suicide. The young Uyghur man had learned he would be interned because he was born in the year 2000, thus falling within an age range for Uyghur men that is considered “dangerous” by authorities. Such reasons for internment were previously reported by Human Rights Watch, which was based on research of a leaked prisoner list (the Aksu list).

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Alibaba Admits Developing Racist Uyghur Recognition

IPVM, 22 December 2020

Below is an article published by IPVM.

Alibaba admitted its Cloud division developed racist AI software, saying it is “dismayed” while claiming it “never intended” to target “specific ethnic groups” and the tech was only used “within a testing environment”.

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Coalition of activist groups pens open letter to Tim Cook over human rights failings

iMore, 18 December 2020

Below is an article published by iMore. Photo Apple.

A coalition of more than 150 activist groups has penned an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighting the company’s failure to enact its own human rights policy.

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WEEKLY BRIEF, 18 DECEMBER 2020

NEWS

WUC Webinar “Uyghur Rights: One Year after Ilham Tohti’s Sakharov Prize
On December 18, the WUC hosted a webinar to discuss what has changed since the 2019 Sakharov Prize was awarded to Ilham Tohti for his advocacy for Uyghur rights. The panel speakers included MEPs Marie Arena, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Bernard Guetta, former MEP Phil Bennion, Sinologist Marie Holzman, Yaxue Cao, Founder and editor of China Change, and former MEP Assistants Sophie Sohm and Burak Yusmak.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC EXPRESSES CONCERNS OVER NEW EVIDENCE OF FORCED LABOUR

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

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) expresses its concerns by the findings of another important report by Dr Adrian Zenz for the Center for Global Policy on the extent of forced labour in East Turkistan, which revealed the state-sponsored transfer programs that coerce hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples into forced labour settings. Moreover, the report provides strong evidence that the production of cotton in East Turkistan involves a coercive, state-run program targeting the Uyghur and other Turkic peoples. 

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What to do when the UN human rights office may have violated human rights?

South China Morning Post, 13 December 2020

Below is an article published by South China Morning Post.

Emma Reilly says she is not particularly popular at the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, the United Nations agency where she has worked since 2012.The long-simmering tensions stem from a complaint she made more than seven years ago about an office practice which, in her view, potentially exposed human rights activists to retribution, including ethnic Uygur dissidents in China’s western Xinjiang region.The office, known as the OHCHR, is tasked with protecting human rights and monitoring violations worldwide. Its Human Rights Council holds sessions three times a year where non-governmental organisations and others can make presentations and report on human rights violations.

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WEEKLY BRIEF, 13 DECEMBER 2020

NEWS

International Human Rights Day
On December 10th, which marked the 72nd year of International Human Rights Day, the World Uyghur Congress reiterated in its press release the importance of human rights and democratic freedoms for a better and more just world. On this occasion, the WUC highlighted the deterioration of the situation in East Turkistan and the systematic violations of the fundamental rights of the Uyghur people. Today, the Uyghur people are facing genocide at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), yet there have been very few concrete steps to meaningfully resolve this crisis.

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Griezmann cuts ties with Huawei citing fears over treatment of Uighurs

The Guardian, 10 December 2020

Below is an article published by The Guardian. Photo Pressinphoto/Shutterstock

The France and Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann ended his affiliation with Huawei on Thursday, saying there are “strong suspicions” that the Chinese tech giant has contributed to the repression of the mostly Muslim minority Uighurs.

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