Press Release: WUC Commemorates 1988 Student Protests

Press Release – For immediate release
15 June 2022
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) commemorates the 34rd anniversary of the 1988 Uyghur student protests in Urumqi. Taking place in a context of numerous democracy protests ocurring around China in the 1980s, ending with the Tiananmen massacre in 1989, the Uyghur student protests were one of the most significant large-scale public expressions of discontent against the Chinese government’s discriminatory policies in East Turkistan.

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Coalition Calls on Construction Industry to Cut Ties to Uyghur Forced Labour, Given Explosive New Evidence

June 14, 2022

Following today’s publication of a new report revealing the deep permeation of Uyghur forced labour in the global supply chain of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics, the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region called on corporations in the construction industry to stop sourcing any materials from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. The report, published by the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University and Material Research L3C, found that the two largest PVC manufacturers in China are state-owned enterprises based in the Uyghur Region, where abuses against Uyghurs and other Turkic and Muslim majority peoples, including mass detention and forced labour, are well-documented.

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Weekly Brief, 10 June 2022

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European Parliament Passes Genocide Resolution, Uyghur Friendship Group Holds First Event
On June 9th, the European Parliament passed a historic resolution recognising the Chinese government’s actions against the Uyghur people as crimes against humanity and represent a “serious risk of genocide”. The resolution highlights the obligations of the EU and its member states under the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide “to put an end to these atrocities and ensure responsibility for the crimes committed”.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC APPLAUDS GENOCIDE RESOLUTION IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Press Release – For Immediate Release
09 June 2022
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) applauds today’s passing of a resolution in the European Parliament, by an overwhelming majority, which recognises that the Chinese government’s systemic human rights violations against the Uyghur people in East Turkistan “amount to crimes against humanity and a serious risk of genocide”. Calling upon the EU and its member states ​​ to “take all necessary steps in accordance with the UN Genocide Convention to end these atrocities”, the passed resolution marks a historic appeal for accountability mechanisms to bring justice to the Uyghur people.

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Joint Statement: Over 230 Rights groups demand resignation of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Activists slam Michelle Bachelet’s six-day visit for whitewashing repression against Uyghurs, Tibetans, Southern Mongolians, Hong Kongers and others

Joint Statement – For Immediate Release
08 June 2022
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

We, over 230 Uyghur, Tibetan, Southern Mongolian, Hong Kong, and Chinese democracy and international human rights advocacy groups, call for the immediate resignation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights after she whitewashed the Chinese government’s human rights atrocities during her recent visit to China. We further call on the UN Secretary General to not propose the renewal of her mandate [1] and demand the High Commissioner immediately release the report on the human rights violations against Uyghurs and other Turkic communities in East Turkistan [Ch: Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region].

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Coalition Calls on United Nations to Release Official Report on Uyghur Forced Labour

Statement, Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region
6 June, 2022

Following the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s widely criticised visit to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China last month, the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region calls on the United Nations to release, without delay, public reporting on human rights violations against Uyghurs and other Turkic and Muslim majority peoples. 

The Coalition also calls for the High Commissioner to ensure the report incorporates extensive evidence on forced labour and strong recommendations for multilateral and private-sector actions to combat it.

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Weekly Brief, 3 June 2022

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World Uyghur Congress Conducts Advocacy Trip to Switzerland 
This week, a WUC delegation led by President Dolkun Isa, Program & Advocacy Manager Zumretay Arkin and Project Officer Eva Stocker successfully conducted an advocacy trip to Bern, Switzerland. They met with Members of leading parties in Parliament, government officials, and civil society. The conducted advocacy aimed to urge the Swiss authorities and policymakers to take action against the Uyghur genocide. In the Swiss context, that also means the end of the Swiss-China Free Trade Agreement, as well as corporate social responsibility and due diligence in terms of labour rights.

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