WEEKLY BRIEF: 29 MAY 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 29 May 2020

NEWS

Passing of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 in the House of Representatives
The WUC applauds the passage of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (S.3744) with an overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives. The Act was passed by the Senate earlier this month and the passage in the House is one step closer to the signature into law by the President of the United States. 

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House Passes Uighur Human Rights Bill, Prodding Trump to Punish China

New York Times, 27 May 2020


Below is an article published by New York Times, Photo Greg Baker/Agence France-Presse — Getty.

WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to pass a measure that would punish top Chinese officials for detaining more than one million Muslims in internment camps, sending President Trump a bill intended to force him to take a more aggressive stand on human rights abuses in China.

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Uyghur human rights bill goes to House for vote

The World, 27 May 2020

Below is an article published by The World.

In Congress, lawmakers are talking about human rights for Uyghurs, the Muslim ethnic minority in far western China. Hundreds of thousands of Uighurs have been sent to detention camps in China’s Xinjiang province. Marco speaks with Rahima Mahmut, a human rights activist from the World Uyghur Congress, about a US bill that would sanction Chinese officials involved in the crackdown in Xinjiang.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC Calls on U.S. President to Sign Uyghur Act into Law After Approval by House

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

The WUC is calling on U.S. President Donald Trump to urgently sign the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act into law after it overwhelming was approved by the House of Representatives today. After the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act was passed by the Senate earlier this month, the House of Representatives were required to vote again on the act to send it to the desk of the U.S. President. The WUC and the Uyghur community are grateful to the Congressmen who dealt swiftly in approving this act and eagerly await its signature into law.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC CELEBRATES THE APPOINTMENT OF UYGHUR-AMERICAN ATTORNEY NURY TURKEL TO USCIRF

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

The World Uyghur Congress celebrates and welcomes the U.S. Congress’s appointment of Uyghur-American attorney Nury Turkel to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Attorney Turkel is a prominent figure in the Uyghur community.  Mr. Turkel is one of the founding members of the World Uyghur Congress and has provided policy and legal advice to the current and former presidents.  In 2003, Mr. Turkel co-founded the Uyghur Human Rights Project and its current Board Chair. Previously, Mr. Turkel served president of the Uyghur-American Association. 

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The Uighurs, Religious Minorities and the People’s Republic of China Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020

Quilliam, 26 May 2020

You are invited to a Zoom webinar at 6 pm on Tuesday June 2 2020* , where we will discuss
Chinese policy towards religious minorities and in particular Uighur Muslims. We will consider:

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Uyghur human rights advocate Dilnur Reyhan laments lack of Muslim solidarity

GlobalVoices, 23 May 2020

Below is an article published by GlobalVoices, Photo Ikuha.

The 11 million Uyghurs living in the western province of Xinjiang in China are a Muslim Turkic nation that has been targeted by Beijing and deprived of their most basic human rights, including freedom of religion, of movement, and also of transmitting their native language since Xi Jinping took power in China in 2012.

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Removal of Islamic Motifs Leaves Xinjiang’s Id Kah Mosque ‘a Shell For Unsuspecting Visitors’

RFA, 22 May 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo RFA.

Since 2016, the Chinese authorities have been systematically destroying mosques, cemeteries, and other religious structures and sites across the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

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