Press Release – For Immediate Release
14 January, 2022
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) welcomes the passage of a resolution in the French Parliament (lAssemblée nationale) by an overwhelming majority that recognizes China’s actions against the Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in East Turkistan, as crimes against humanity and genocide. The WUC commends the efforts of the Uyghur community in France, particularly the European Uyghur Institute and Uyghur camp survivors, for raising their voices and urging France to take a clear position. 

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Weekly Brief, 14 January 2022


WUC Joins Protest Action Urging Allianz to Drop its Sponsorship of Beijing Olympics
On January 7th, the World Uyghur Congress took part in a protest action organized by Tibet Initiative Deutschland to urge Allianz to drop its sponsorship of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, in the face of China’s egregious human rights abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans, and others. During the action, WUC Program Manager Zumretay Arkin presented Allianz with a petition, which was signed by over 46,000 individuals asking the company to drop its sponsorship of the Beijing Olympics.

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Olympic athletes to wear kit manufactured in ‘slave labour’ region of Xinjiang

The Telegraph, 12 January 2022

Below is an article published by The Telegraph. Photo Telegraph.

China’s Olympic athletes will be donning uniforms manufactured in Xinjiang, a region mired in controversy over human rights allegations, including forced labour.

More than 2,000 sets of uniforms – including ski suits, gloves, hats and ear muffs – using cotton and camel hair sourced from the region have been delivered to Beijing, according to state media Beijing Daily.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Brings Up ‘Sensitivities’ Of Uyghur Treatment In Visit To China

Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty, 12 January 2022

Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty. Photo RFE/RFL.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he communicated Turkey’s concerns about the treatment of the Uyghur ethnic group to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during talks in Beijing.

“We conveyed our views, expectations, and sensitivities regarding the issues on our agenda, especially the Uyghur Turks,” Cavusoglu said after the talks on January 12, adding that the two sides also discussed economic cooperation.

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After 4 years in detention, Uyghur brothers forced to work at factories in Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 12 January 2022

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia. Photo RFA.

Two Uyghur brothers detained in a Xinjiang internment camp for four years before being released in August 2021 were rearrested just a week later and are now being forced to work in factories, local officials and a Uyghur in exile who has knowledge of the situation said.

The brothers from Lop (in Chinese, Luopu) county in Hotan (Hetian) prefecture were held in a camp in the county’s Sampul village, said the Uyghur source, who is also from Lop.

Authorities arrested Eziz Abdulla, a farmer living in the village’s Aydinkol hamlet, along with his two sons, Abduqahar Eziz and Ablikim Eziz, for “illegal gatherings” while they were watering their crops in a field in 2017, the source said.

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Blinken blasts China’s sanctions on US religious freedom officials

Radio Free Asia, 11 January 2022

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia. Photo AFP.

Sanctions China imposed on the members of a U.S. federal government commission on religious freedom are “without merit” and an “affront against universal rights,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on Monday.

On Dec. 21, China banned four commissioners of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) from entering the country in retaliation for U.S. sanctions on its officials over rights abuses against Uyghurs and other minorities in its far-western Xinjiang region. China also froze any assets that Chairwoman Nadine Maenza, Vice Chair Nury Turkel, and Commissioners Anurima Bhargava and James W. Carr hold in the country.

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Ensuring The Implementation Of The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

Forbes, 11 January 2022

Below is an article published by Forbes. Photo AFP.

On December 23, President Joe Biden signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), a bill meant to ensure that no goods produced with forced labor in Xinjiang make their way into U.S. markets. While the bill’s passage was a victory for human rights in Xinjiang, the next 180 days are critical to ensuring the success and comprehensive coverage of the act.

The compromise bill establishes a “rebuttable presumption” that all goods produced in whole or in part in Xinjiang have been made with forced labor. U.S. companies will now be required to prove a negative: that goods they imported from Xinjiang are not produced with forced labor.

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Chinese State Media Uses Times Square Screen to Play Xinjiang Propaganda

The Epoch Times, 7 January 2022

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

Chinese state media Xinhua is running digital billboards in one of the world’s most coveted ad spaces to promote goods from Xinjiang amid rising global outcry over the regime’s campaign of repression in the region.

In New York City’s Times Square just before Christmas, a giant screen measuring about 64 feet high and 40 feet wide repeatedly played a video by Xinhua, depicting Shihezi, one of the largest cities in Xinjiang, as a thriving “green” city.

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