Event Announcement: Repressed, Detained and Disappeared: Human Rights Crisis in East Turkistan

Press Release – For immediate release
18 February 2020

Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is organizing a week-long photo exhibition: ‘’Repressed, Detained and Disappeared: Human Rights Crisis in East Turkistan’’ inside a tent at the Broken Chair square in Geneva, in front of the United Nations building (1202 Geneva, Switzerland), from February 24 to February 28, 2020. This event will take place during the first week of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council, where world’s leaders and high-level officials will be present for the occasion. 

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Watched, judged, detained

CNN, 18 February 2020

Below is an article published by CNN, Photo NRD.

Ivan Watson, Ben Westcott — Rozinsa Mamattohti couldn’t sleep or eat for days after she read the detailed records the Chinese government had been keeping on her entire family.

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Exclusive: China’s systematic tracking, arrests of Uighurs exposed in new Xinjiang leak

DW, 17 February 2020

Below is an article published by DW, Photo NDR.

William Yang, Sandra Petersmann In May 2017, a Uighur man was taken away to a “re-education camp” in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region. As an observant Muslim, the man prayed at home after meals, and sometimes attended Friday prayers at his local mosque. The reasons for his forced internment: His wife had covered her face with a veil and the couple had “too many” children. There was never a trial.

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UK to promote Chinese firm ‘implicated’ in Uighur rights abuses

The Guardian, 17 February 2020

Below is an article published by The Guardian, Photo AFP via Getty Images.

Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Dan Sabbagh The UK government is to promote a Chinese surveillance company that has been blacklisted by the US after it was “implicated” in human rights violations of the country’s Uighur Muslim minority.

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Weekly Brief: 14 February 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 14 February 2020

WUC Delegation Holds Advocacy Meetings with UN Missions

In preparation for the upcoming UN Human Rights Council session later this month, the WUC sent a delegation of representatives to meet with state missions to the UN and UN experts and officials. The delegation met with a large number of state missions over the course of the week, updating them on the current crisis in East Turkistan and pushing them to take concrete and urgent action to address this human rights catastrophe. WUC President Dolkun Isa and staff members met with the US Ambassador Bremberg and the US mission’s human rights team, who again called on China to close the camps and release those in arbitrary detention.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 07 FEBRUARY

World Uyghur Congress, 07 February 2020

Ghulja Massacre

On 05 February 2020, The World Uyghur Congress has called to protest in major cities in commemoration of the 23rd year of the Ghulja Massacre. Uyghurs joined the demonstration organized by The East Tukistan Union in Europe to protest in front of the General Consulate of China in Munich. Protests were held in London, Washington DC, Montreal (I would add more cities).

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Uyghurs and the China Coronavirus

The Diplomat, 05 January 2020

Below is an article published by The Diplomat, Photo 新疆司法行政

Munawwar Abdulla The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global public health emergency on January 30. The Chinese government initially heavily obscured the severity of outbreak in the early days, leading to inadequate initial handling and the spread of the virus to other parts of the world. The outbreak that began in Wuhan is now a matter of global concern, with more than 24,000 confirmed total cases in 27 countries and at least 494 deaths.

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Atush Roads Fenced Off, Residents Confined to Homes, as Xinjiang Stares Down Virus Advance

RFA, 04 January 2020

Below is an article published by RFA, Photo AFP

Shohret Hoshur Authorities in Atush (in Chinese, Atushi), in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), have fenced off the city’s roads, leaving residents confined to their homes and running out of supplies, as they work to control the rapid spread of the deadly novel coronavirus (nCoV), which has been traced back to Hubei province’s Wuhan city.

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