The European parliament has overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on diplomatic officials to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in response to continuing human rights abuses by the Chinese government.
55 activists in exile – with the support of Safeguard Defenders, Hong Kong Watch and the World Uyghur Congress – have called for “urgent coordinated action to suspend all Bilateral Extradition Agreements between EU Member States and the People’s Republic of China.”
During tomorrow’s hearing on the Uyghur crisis at the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) will urge Members to move towards recognition of the Uyghur genocide. During the hearing, Belgian Representatives will be presented with evidence from experts on the Uyghur crisis, including WUC’s EU Policy Coordinator, Koen Stoop, as well as Uyghur camp witness Qelbinur Sidiq.
The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) applauds the proposal of a resolution from Parliamentarians sitting in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives concerning China’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in East Turkistan. The resolution, co-sponsored by MP Samuel Cogolati and MP Wouter de Vriendt from the Ecolo-Green grouping, most notably calls upon the Belgian government to recognize China’s crimes against the Uyghur people in East Turkistan as a ‘genocide’, which would make it the first European country to do so. A debate on the resolution will take place in the Belgian Parliament in the coming weeks.
The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) welcomes the adoption of the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime by the Council of the European Union on Monday. The sanctions regime will allow the European Union (EU) to target individuals, bodies, and entities who are responsible for, or otherwise associated with, serious human rights violations, irrespective of where they occur. This is of major importance for the Uyghur people, as for the first time, the EU possesses a concrete mechanism to hold perpetrators of the atrocities against Uyghurs to account.
Brussels, 28 September 2020 – On 1st October, the 71st anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, the World Uyghur Congress, the International Campaign for Tibet, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation, the Belgian Uyghur Association, Lungta – Actief voor Tibet and the Tibetan Community in Belgium are organizing a demonstration in Brussels in order to call on the EU to take urgent and concrete action to hold China accountable for its serious human rights violations. The joint protest will take place from 13:00-14:00 on Petite Rue de la Loi near Schuman roundabout.
As leaders of the EU and the Chinese government meet today, Monday, September 14th, in a virtual meeting replacing the planned EU-China Summit, the WUC calls on the EU to make a strong and principled stand in light of China’s genocide against the Uyghur people and human rights violations against Tibetans, Mongolians, Hong Kongers and Han Chinese activists and lawyers. The EU must not conduct business as usual with a Chinese government complicit in genocide and other atrocities. The WUC urges the EU and EU member states to use this opportunity to take concrete action to end the Uyghur genocide and hold the Chinese government accountable.
Below is an OpEd by WUC President Dolkun Isa, published by Politico. Photo John MacDougall/Getty Images.
Over the past three years, the Chinese government has subjected the Uighur people to one atrocity after another in a ruthless attempt to destroy us.
Beijing has detained between 1 million and 3 million Uighur people in internment camps, forced people into modern slavery, curtailed the use of our language and religion and destroyed mosques, shrines and graveyards. Children have been taken from their parents and brainwashed, and women have been sterilized.
And yet, Europe’s reaction, beyond some initial statements, has been to say and do nothing.