CONFERENCE REPORT The Uyghur Crisis: China’s Laboratory for Rights Abuses

World Uyghur Congress, 01 December 2019

On December 10th, International Human Rights Day, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), in cooperation with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO), held a successful media training workshop for Uyghur activists and a day-long conference entitled ‘The Uyghur Crisis: China’s Laboratory for Rights Abuses’ in Brussels, Belgium.

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CONFERENCE REPORT: Confronting Atrocities in China: The Global Response to the Uyghur Crisis

World Uyghur Congress, 01 November 2019

Congress (WUC) along with the Uyghur  Human Rights Project (UHRP), the Uyghur  American Association (UAA), and the Central  Asia Program at George Washington  University held a two-day conference:,  ‘Confronting Atrocities in China: The Global  Response to the Uyghur Crisis’. 

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WUC President, Dolkun Isa, was invited by the Fondazione Diritti Umani to speak during several events at the Film Festival Diritti Umani Lugano in Switzerland from October 16 to 18. Starting on October 14, the Film Festival screened well curated films on diverse human rights topics. The festival brought together renowned artists, human rights activists, high level political and business representatives as well as journalists for engaging discussions on the most compelling human rights issues. 

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Kashgar’s Old City Destruction Emblematic of Beijing’s Cultural Campaign Against Uyghurs: Report

RFA, 5 June 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo AFP

China’s government has destroyed much of Kashgar’s Old City in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) precisely because of its cultural significance for Uyghurs, according to a new report, which called the campaign key to understanding how Beijing seeks to control the ethnic group.

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Weaponized Passports: The Crisis of Uyghur Statelessness

Uyghur Human Rights Project, April 1, 2020

UHRP – UHRP’s new report, “Weaponized Passports: The Crisis of Uyghur Statelessness,” documents an ongoing and worsening issue facing Uyghurs abroad, namely refusal to renew passports and denial of access to other documentation by the Chinese government.

For several years, Uyghurs have been unable to renew their passports at Chinese embassies and consulates as other P.R.C. citizens are able to do.  Instead, Chinese embassy officials destroy their existing passports and replace them with one-way travel documents in order to force them to return, where they face extrajudicial detention or imprisonment.

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Local Residents in Danger of Starving in East Turkistan

Uyghur Human Rights Project, February 26, 2020

UHRP – The Uyghur Human Rights Project is deeply concerned by alarming new evidence that local residents are starving across the Uyghur homeland. Since mid-February, Uyghur-language social media has lit up with disturbing videos, photos, and other information providing evidence that a month-long coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown is leaving many East Turkistan residents hungry.

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“Ideological Transformation”: Records of Mass Detention from Qaraqash, Hotan

Uyghur Human Rights Project, February 18, 2020

UHRP – In 2019, low-level government officials from Bostan subdistrict, Qaraqash county, Hotan prefecture compiled information about Uyghur internees under their jurisdiction. The details of 311 of those internees have come to light in a leaked spreadsheet the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) calls the Qaraqash Document.

UHRP’s report “Ideological Transformation”: Records of Mass Detention from Qaraqash, Hotan describes and analyzes this document, which contains in-depth information about the familial and social circles of internees from eight Qaraqash neighborhoods. The purpose of the data is to evaluate whether internees should remain in detention or be released.

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A Uyghur’s Reflections on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Uyghur Human Rights Project, January 27, 2020

UHRP – A Uyghur’s Reflections on International Holocaust Remembrance Day China’s Unprecedented Campaign to Eradicate the Faith, Identity and Cultural Heritage of the Uyghur People
Omer Kanat, Executive Director, Uyghur Human Rights Project
Remarks at the 15th Annual Reflections on the Holocaust and Genocides
 January 26, 2020
Centers for Pluralism

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