On the 1st of October, on the occasion of the National Day of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) commemorates this as a day signifying more than 70 years of oppression. For the Uyghur people in East Turkistan, for Tibetans, Southern Mongolians, and others as well, the establishment of the PRC set the stage for the gradual erosion of their rights and freedoms. To commemorate these events and to demand an end to China’s atrocious human rights crimes, the WUC is (co-)organizing protests in various cities in Europe (more details below).
The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) will convene its 7th General Assembly, from November 12-14, 2021, in Prague, Czech Republic. This decision was reached by the WUC Executive Committee, together with its affiliate organisations, during meetings in the second week of July. Every three years, a general election is held to elect new WUC representatives, including its President. Initially, the 7th General Assembly was scheduled for November 2020, but it was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
This Sunday, the 22nd of August, Uyghur communities in 25 countries worldwide will hold democratic elections to appoint their delegates to the World Uyghur Congress’ (WUC) 7th General Assembly. This forms part of the three-yearly general elections during which new WUC representatives are chosen, including its board members and President.
The World Uyghur Congress has released its newsletter covering the month of July concerning our activities as well as the most prevalent issues concerning the Uyghur community in East Turkistan and elsewhere.
Join the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), Uyghur American Association (UAA), and World Uyghur Congress (WUC) for a presentation of new evidence of China’s persecution of Uyghurs and the criminalization of religious practice, as well as discussion of current and proposed actions to respond to the crisis.
Kalbinur Gheni, Uyghur advocate and UAA member, will provide testimony on her experience with family members detained for religious practice; Elfidar Iltebir, Uyghur advocate and UAA Board Member will speak about the work of UAA in the U.S.; Dolkun Isa, WUC President, will provide personal testimony and actions in Europe; Ataullah Şahyar, President of the East Turkistan Ulema Council, will provide personal testimony on his experience of repression as a religious leader in the Uyghur homeland; and Peter Irwin will discuss a new UHRP report, Islam Dispossessed—featured by the BBC—which exposes the detention and persecution of Uyghur imams.
Opening remarks will be provided by Ambassador Samuel Brownback, Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Jennifer Wexton, Rep. Michael McCaul, and UHRP Executive Director Omer Kanat.
July 2021 marks the 100th year anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). As Beijing prepares for festivities to celebrate this event, Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kongers, Southern Mongolians, Taiwanese and Chinese people come together to commemorate a century of oppression.
The Chinese government has pointed to its economic growth as vindication for the CCP’s legacy over the past century, but the rights and freedoms for people living under this regime have significantly deteriorated.
The WUC Condemned the Life Imprisonment of WUC President’s Brother
Hushtar Isa, the brother of WUC President Dolkun Isa, was sentenced to life imprisonment, as reported by Radio Free Asia on May 31 The WUC expresses its sincere support & solidarity to Dolkun Isa and his family, and strongly condemning these retaliatory actions.
On February 6th, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) will organize a virtual meeting with its affiliate and partner organizations and Uyghur activists worldwide to exchange views, examine activities over the past years and to discuss common priorities for the upcoming period.