PRESS RELEASE: Authoritative legal opinion concludes that treatment of Uyghurs amounts to crimes against humanity and genocide

Press Release – For immediate release
08 February 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

Monday 8 February – Today the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), in partnership with the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), has obtained an authoritative legal opinion on the treatment of Uyghurs by Chinese authorities. In what is the first legal opinion published by barristers pursuant to formal instructions, leading lawyers at Essex Court Chambers (London), led by Alison McDonald QC, conclude that the available evidence credibly establishes that crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide have been committed.

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In a year, China will host the first genocide Olympics

Hong Kong Free Press, 06 February 2021

Below is an Op-Ed by WUC’s Advocacy Manager, Zumretay Arkin, published by Hong Kong Free Press. Photo HKFP.

The Olympics have always been replete with firsts. The first modern Games were held in Athens in 1896; the first women competed in Paris in 1900; the first Winter Games took place in Chamonix in 1924; and the first professional athletes joined amateurs in 1984 in Los Angeles.

The upcoming 2022 Winter Games could be another notable first — the first Olympics to be held in a country accused ofcommitting genocide.

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Beijing 2022: Human Rights Groups Call for Winter Olympic Boycott

BBC, 04 February 2021

Below is an article published by BBC. Photo Reuters.

A senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has rejected criticism of its decision to host next year’s Winter Games in China.

More than 180 organisations have called on governments to boycott Beijing 2022 because of reported human rights abuses against ethnic minorities.

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Human rights, COVID at issue 1 year before Beijing Olympics

AP News, 04 February 2021

Below is an article published by AP News. Photo AP.

Building elaborate venues for Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics is the easy part for China, just as it was for the city’s Summer Olympics in 2008. The competition venues are ready, and non-competition sites will be completed this summer with the Games set to open one year from Thursday on Feb. 4, 2022.

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The Genocide Amendment: Why is the UK Government dragging its feet? (Part I)

Oxford Human Rights Hub, 27th January 2021

Below is an article published by Oxford Human Rights Hub.

On 7 December 2020, the House of Lords debated the Trade Bill that defines the UK’s post-Brexit trade relationships and engaged with the question of what should happen if the trading partner stands accused of committing genocide. A few members tabled a cross-party amendment, the so-called Genocide Amendment (also known as the Alton Amendment) that aims to equip the High Court to make a determination of genocide, a determination that could then be subsequently used to revoke international bilateral trade agreements with the state standing accused of committing genocide.

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PRESS RELEASE: THE WUC WELCOMES THE US GENOCIDE DESIGNATION

Press Release – For immediate release
19 January 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) welcomes the decision of the U.S. Department of State to determine China’s repression of the Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples as both “crimes against humanity” and “genocide’’. This makes it the first government to designate the crimes in East Turkistan as genocide, and comes as the incoming Biden Administration is preparing for the presidential inauguration.

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The UK must act now to save Uighur lives from ethnic cleansing

The Times, 19 January 2021

Below is an article by WUC UK Director Rahima Mahmut, published by The Times.

In September 2000, I left my beloved homeland and my entire family, including my five-year-old son, behind and came to the UK; my son joined me two years later. After witnessing first-hand the violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations against my people in 1997, I felt compelled to leave.

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Press Release: Joint Appeal Calls for Human Rights Safeguards in EU-China Investment Agreement

Press Release – For immediate release
13 January 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

36 Civil Society Organisations Call for Stronger Human Rights Safeguards in EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

In view of the upcoming Plenary session of the European Parliament, today a coalition of 36 civil society organisations (CSOs) has launched a Joint Appeal to the European Institutions calling for the inclusion of  enforceable human rights clauses in the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI).

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