Weekly Brief March 22

World Uyghur Congress, 22 March 2019

WUC Calls on Italian Government to Put Human Rights First During Xi Jinping’s Visit

In a press release issued on Friday March 22nd, the WUC called on the Italian government to not abandon human rights concerns for the sake of economic relations with China. Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Italy on Friday to meet with the Italian government. Controversy surrounds the visit, as Italy is expected to sign on to China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative on March 23rd, making them the first G7 country to formally do so.

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Weekly Brief March 1st

World Uyghur Congress, 1 March 2019

States Raise Uyghur Human Rights Crisis During UN Human Rights Council Session

Despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to silence criticism and avoid scrutiny about its horrific repression of Uyghurs and numerous other human rights violation ahead of the 40thsession of the UN Human Rights Council, the human rights crisis in East Turkistan and the mass arbitrary detention of millions of innocent Uyghurs was raised once more by a number of states in their opening addresses at the session.

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European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights Organised Exchange of Views on Human Rights Situation in China with a Special Focus on XUAR

UNPO, 15 May 2018

On 15 May 2018, on the occasion of a meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), Mr Dolkun Isa, Vice-President of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and President of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), together with Ms Sophie Richardson (China Director of Human Rights Watch) and Mr Ulrich Delius (Director of Society for Threatened Peoples), exchanged views on the human rights situation in China, with a special focus on the so-called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

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World Uyghur Congress Concludes Round-table Discussion at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway

World Uyghur Congress, 20 March 2018

The World Uyghur Congress held a round table discussion on March 16, Uyghur Linguistic Rights Under Assault: Uyghur Language & Cultural Rights In East Turkestan, under the co-sponsorship of the Norwegian Uyghur Committee and the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.

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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Uyghur Linguistic Rights Under Assault: Uyghur Language & Cultural Rights In East Turkestan

World Uyghur Congress, 13 March 2018

Considering the deplorable situation in terms of Uyghur language rights and the recent ban on its use in education in Hotan prefecture in 2017, the World Uyghur Congress under the co-sponsorship of the Norwegian Uyghur Committee and the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights, and with support from the National Endowment for Democracy will hold a conference at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, on March 16th from 10:00-13:00.

The conference, Uyghur Linguistic Rights Under Assault: Uyghur Language & Cultural Rights In East Turkestan, will focus on the current situation faced by Uyghurs and the use of their mother tongue. For the past two decades, the Uyghur language has been under assault from the Chinese government as part of a larger cultural assimilationist project, ostensibly aimed at a supporting a robust system of ‘bilingual education’.

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Exiled Uyghur Leader Says ‘Red Notice’ Demonstrates China’s Harassment of Critics Abroad

Radio Free Asia,  7 March 2018

By Kurban Niyaz – Prominent exiled Uyghur activist Dolkun Isa said Wednesday that a “Red Notice” alert for his arrest, which was recently removed by international policing organization INTERPOL, is “just one example” of how China’s government is using the alleged threat of terrorism to silence its critics around the world.

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Press Conference Announcement: WUC President to Speak at National Press Club in Washington D.C. on March 7th

World Uyghur Congress, 6 March 2018

On March 7th, the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur Human Rights Project will convene a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. at 12:30 PM. The press conference will feature WUC President Dolkun Isa, who will discuss the recent announcement from INTERPOL that it had deleted the ‘red notice’ on his name after important work from the UK-based organisation, Fair Trials, showed the notice to be politically motivated and the Chinese allegations of criminality unsubstantiated.

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