Weekly Brief: 29 October 2021

NEWS

WUC Calls for Release of Dr. Ilham Tohti on his 52nd Birthday

On the occasion of the 52nd birthday of Dr. Ilham Tohti, who was jailed 7 years ago, rights groups have called for his release. “Prof. Ilham Tohti was unjustly imprisoned and isolated in a single cell like millions of innocent Uyghurs”, WUC President Dolkun Isa said in a statement “He must be unconditionally released.” Dr. Tohti has received more than 10 international human rights awards since his sentencing, including the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2016 and the Sakharov Award for “Freedom of Thought” in 2019. He also was nominated for the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s Peace Prize in 2020.

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Weekly Brief: 22 October 2021

NEWS

Tibetan and Uyghur Activists Take Stand in Athens against Beijing 2022
On October 19th, just hours before the Olympic Torch handover at the Acropolis, rights groups – International Tibet Network, World Uyghur Congress, and Students for a Free Tibet – held an in-person and live-streamed press conference in Athens, Greece. 

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PRESS RELEASE:TIBETAN ACTIVISTS DETAINED FOR SECOND TIME AFTER LEAVING THE PRESS CONFERENCE

Press Release- For immediate release
19 October, 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

Photo: Reuters

ATHENS, 19 October — Just hours before the Olympic Torch handover at the Acropolis, rights groups – International Tibet Network, World Uyghur Congress, and Students for a Free Tibet – held an in-person and live-streamed press conference in Athens, Greece. [1] Activists Pema Doma (Students for a Free Tibet), Zumretay Arkin (World Uyghur Congress), and Mandie McKeown (International Tibet Network) briefed at least 20 international media outlets. Following the briefing two Tibetans present at the conference were detained by Greek police.

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PRESS RELEASE: PRESS CONFERENCE IN ATHENS AS THE OLYMPIC TORCH IS BEING HANDED TO BEIJING

Press Release- For immediate release
18 October, 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

Tibetans, Uyghurs, and Hong Kongers call out the International Olympic Committee’s deep failure as the Olympic Torch, a symbol of peace and hope, is handed to Beijing 2022

WHAT: Ahead of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Torch’s departure from Greece to China, Tibetan, Uyghur, Hong Kong, and human rights expert representatives will hold a press conference overlooking the Acropolis in Athens.

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PRESS RELEASE: 200+ RIGHTS GROUP CALL ON BROADCASTERS TO DROP BEIJING 2022

Press Release – For immediate release
08 September 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

NBC, BBC, CBC, Sky, Discovery, and Eurosport among over 20 Broadcasters targeted by more than 200 Campaign Groups

Today in a public letter [1],  a coalition of over 200 Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, Hong Kong, Taiwanese, Chinese Democracy and human rights campaign groups called on 26 Olympic broadcasters – including NBC, BBC, CBC, Sky, and Discovery – to “immediately cancel your broadcasting deals” to screen the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics or face a serious risk of being complicit in China’s plan to ‘sport wash’ [2] their severe and worsening human rights abuses.

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Uyghur Group: Olympics Will ‘Encourage’ China to Conduct More Genocide

Breitbart, 28 August 2021

Below is an article published by Breitbart. Photo Kevin Frayer/Getty Images.

Participation, by countries and sponsors both, in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is “indefensible” in light of the Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing genocide against the ethnic Uyghur people and other Muslim-majority minorities of East Turkestan, the World Uyghur Congress told Breitbart News.

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Japanese foreign affairs chair wants more pressure on Beijing 2022

Sydney Morning Herald, 20 August 2021

Below is an article published by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The chair of Japan’s foreign affairs committee says Tokyo should continue to pressure Beijing over ongoing human rights violations while China prepares to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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