WEEKLY BRIEF: 03 April 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 03 April 2020

WUC Press Release on Mass Uyghur Labour Transfer
On April 1, The WUC called in its press release for an immediate end to the Chinese government widespread use of Uyghur forced labour and mass transfer of detainees in the internment camps to forced labour activities.

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Urgent Call : ‘’Coronavirus Emergency Fund for Uyghur Refugees’’

World Uyghur Congress, 03 April 2020

Photo: Nicole Tung for NPR

The current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us, particularly the most vulnerable members of our community.

Due to the initial mismanagement, censorship and lack of transparency about the virus by the Chinese Communist Party, the entire world is now facing a pandemic. Every government around the world is taking various steps and creating different emergency funds to provide financial support to its own citizens, but many people are still being left behind.

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World Uyghur Congress, 20 March 2020

Uyghurs in Turkey: “I Thought I Would Be Safe”
This week, npr started issuing a special series on Uyghurs in Turkey. NPR interviewed several people from the Uyghur diaspora in Turkey who told them that they were arbitrarily arrested and humiliated by Turkish authorities to silence their voices. 

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‘The Thing I Feared Has Already Happened’: Daughter of Jailed Uyghur Civil Servant

RFA, 17 March 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo courtesy of Qedriye Ghopur

Shohret Hoshur – Qedriye Ghopur, a Uyghur woman living in Norway, recently learned from a source who asked to remain anonymous that her 50-year-old mother, Hajire Rozi, had in 2019 been sentenced to 10 years in prison back home in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Ghopur believes that Rozi, who served as an accountant at the Bureau of Culture and Sports in Aksu (in Chinese, Akesu) prefecture’s Toksu (Xinhe) county for 20 years, was likely jailed because of her overseas ties.

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‘Somewhere Like Home’: Uighur Kids Find A Haven At Boarding School In Turkey

nrp, 15 March 2020

Below is an article published by nrp, Photo Nicole Tung for NPR

Johanna Kakissis – Ten-year-old Nurzat climbs out of his bunk bed, tiptoes across the room that he shares with three other boys and opens his locker. It holds his most prized possession: a framed photograph of his father.

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‘I Thought It Would Be Safe’: Uighurs In Turkey Now Fear China’s Long Arm

npr, 13 March 2020


Below is an article published by npr, Photo Nicole Tung for NPR.

Joanna Kakissis – All Things Considered, · Abdurehim Imin Parach often looks over his shoulder when he walks around Istanbul. He worries that he is being followed, just as he was last year when two Turkish plainclothes policemen escorted him out of a restaurant in the city and told him he was under arrest.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 06 March 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 06 March 2020

ASPI Publishes Report on Forced Labour

This week, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, ASPI, published its report on forced labour and the abusive practices of transporting camp detainees to major factories across China. This report estimates that more than 80,000 Uyghurs were transferred to factories outside of East Turkistan between 2017 and 2019 through labour transfer programs under a government policy known as ‘Xinjiang’ aid. ASPI listed more than 80 well-known brands like Lacost, Apple, VW, Nike, Dell and Samsung which are directly or indirectly involved in forced labour in East Turkistan. 

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Uyghurs in Saudi Arabia facing an impossible choice

MEMO, 27 January 2020

Below is an article published by MEMO, Photo Ali Atmaca / Anadolu Agency

MEMO With tears in his eyes, a student from the Uyghur Muslim minority, residing in Saudi Arabia, held his long-ago expired Chinese passport, making him face a mysterious fate, with the increasing rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Beijing.

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