European Parliament Conference: Is the Chinese Leadership Ready For Dialogue? Perspectives on the Uyghur Issue

UNPO, 28 November 2013


Brussels – The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), in collaboration with Niccolò Rinaldi MEP and the World Uyghur Congress, convened a conference entitled ‘Is the Chinese Leadership Ready for Dialogue? Perspectives on the Uyghur Issue’ at the European Parliament, Brussels. The aim of the conference was to address important regional minority human rights and security challenges, and to create a platform for dialogue on the opportunities for ways forward. Also present to support the initiative were Csaba Sógor and Cristiana Muscardini MEP.

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International Conference – 50 Years After Test 596: China’s Nuclear Programme in East Turkestan and Its Impact Today

WUC, 29 February 2012

When an official delegation of MEPs will visit China in 2012, they will “insist on finding facts and new information about…East Turkestan and Tibet.”  This was the pledge made by László Tökés MEP during the conference, “50 Years After Test 596: China’s Nuclear Programme In East Turkestan And Its Impacts Today” where he emphasised “the moral dimension of this meeting – because on behalf of the united Europe it is a total immorality if it ignores the destiny of East Turkestan, of peoples…which have to suffer such an oppression as the Uyghurs have to suffer”.

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A testimony at the Human Rights Subcommittee of European Parliament by WUC Representative to the EU

WUC, 5 Dec 2011

Below a statement by WUC Representative to the EU, Mehmet Tohti, on 5 December 2011 during the Public Hearing on Human Rights in China and the role of the European Union following the last meeting of the EU China:

Dear Chairwoman

I would like to express my gratitude to Human Rights Subcommittee of European Parliament and to Ms. Barbara Rockbihler, chair of HR subcommittee, for providing us this opportunity to testify today.

I have testified before the House of Commons in Canada in 2006 with regards to Chinese dismal human RIGHTS RECORD and Sino-Canada Human Rights dialogue.  Since then world has tremendously changed, and still is changing. China is not exception, indeed. Unfortunately the changes have taken place in China with respect to Human Rights is moving to opposite direction, especially when Uyghurs Human Rights situation is the case. China is getting more repressive, more authoritarian and more aggressive than ever in cracking down peaceful activism of Uyghur dissidents in compare to situation in 1980-1990 by using all means, including violent military force to their own citizens.  In addition, China is now a leader of exporting authoritarianism and dictatorship to other countries around the world and posing great threat to world order and stability. Therefore we have to talk more about China and its treatment of other people.

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European Parliament: Parliamentary Question on Ershidin Israel

European Parliament, 14 June 2011

Question (E-005697/2011) for written answer to the Commission by Ramon Tremosa i Balcells MEP (ALDE):

Subject: Fears of imminent extradition of Uyghur refugee Ershidin Israel from Kazakhstan to China and need for the EU to act according to its values and objectives

Like many other Uyghurs who have been extradited to China in the recent past, where they were detained, imprisoned, sentenced, tortured, executed or disappeared upon their return, Ershidin Israel, 38, a Uyghur refugee currently in detention in a unknown location in Kazakhstan, is in imminent danger of being extradited to China after the Kazakh authorities rejected his asylum application. Mr Israel was taken on 30 May 2011 at 8.00 p.m. (local time) from the prison in Almaty, where he was detained, by one Kazakh prosecutor and two Chinese men, probably police, to an unknown location. Neither his family nor his lawyer were informed about his whereabouts and his legal status and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) believed that he was on the way to be extradited to China on 31 May 2011 at 9.00 p.m. (local time), on a flight from Almaty to Urumqi, the regional capital of East Turkestan.

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European Parliament Resolution on the Situation and Cultural Heritage in Kashgar

European Parliament Strasbourg, 10 March 2011

With this resolution, the European Parliament is publicly expressing that the Old City of Kashgar must be preserved and destruction halted. The ancient city of Kashgar, located in the very heart of the Silk Road, is not only a crucial cultural site for Uyghur identity, but part of world civilization with its unique reflections of accumulated history, tolerance and cultural diversity. The urgency resolution is both a clear and unequivocal signal to the Chinese authorities to uphold its responsibilities to preserve world heritage sites like Kashgar and the Uyghur culture, and also to stop the ongoing human rights violations against the Uyghur population in East Turkestan.

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Conference on Kashgar City Closes with Pledge for Urgency Resolution: MEPs Promise to Place Kashgar Firmly on the European Parliament’s Agenda

The City of Kashgar: An Oasis of the Silk Road on the Brink of Extinction

Originally published by UNPO on 28 January 2011

Brussels, 28 January 2011 – Members of the European Parliament have joined together to support an urgency resolution on the desperate situation of Kashgar after hearing testimony from Rebiya Kadeer, President of the World Uyghur Congress and Nobel Peace Prize nominee.  The pledge comes after a conference convened by Frieda Brepoels MEP saw Kinga Gál MEP, Nicole Kiil-Nielsen MEP, Edward McMillan-Scott MEP, Niccolò Rinaldi MEP, Helga Trüpel MEP express support for the Kashgar campaign.

From left to right: Marino Busdachin (UNPO General Secretary), Helga Trüpel MEP, Frieda Brepoels MEP, Rebiya Kadeer (WUC), Mehmet Tohti (WUC)

Attendees learned of the importance and prospects for Kashgar from Haiyun Ma (Laogai Research Foundation), Mehmet Tohti (World Uyghur Congress), and Henryk Szadziewski (Uyghur Human Rights Project) before Ulrich Delius (Society for Threatened Peoples), Vincent Metten (International Campaign for Tibet) and Suzanne van Haeverbeeck (former World Heritage Expert) discussed both the cost of inaction and the opportunities still remaining to protect Kashgar.

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European Parliament: Parliamentary Question on the Demolition of Kashgar

European Parliament, 26 January 2011

Question (E-000352/2011) for written answer to the Commission by Nessa Childers (S&D) and Frieda Brepoels (Verts/ALE):

Subject: China’s policies as regards the city of Kashgar

During the EU‑China Summit in October 2010, Commission President José Barroso announced that 2012 would be the EU‑China Year of Intercultural Dialogue. On the same occasion Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner responsible for education and culture, stated that ‘Europe and China share common goals. … Our cultural richness uplifts and unites us [the EU and China]. In a globalised world, our cultural diversity is an asset not an obstacle. It makes our lives richer and helps us grow and live in harmony with one another.’

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CONFERENCE: The City of Kashgar – An Oasis of the Silk Road on the Brink of Extinction


9.00 – 12.30h
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Room PHS 5B001, Paul-Henri Spaak Building, European Parliament
60 Rue Wiertz, Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, 17 January 2011 – Two years into Beijing’s ‘Kashgar Dangerous House Reform’, and the Old City of Kashgar in East Turkestan, or China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), faces near total destruction. There is a pressing need to assess the damage incurred, implications for the region’s Uyghur population, and to identify ways in which damage can be mitigated.

To address this urgent need, Ms Frieda Brepoels MEP will convene a conference, ‘Kashgar: An Oasis of the Silk Road on the Brink of Extinction’ at the European Parliament in Brussels from 9.00–12.30 on 27 January 2011 in collaboration with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Belgian Uyghur Association.

After opening remarks by Rebiya Kadeer, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and President of the World Uyghur Congress, international experts including Henryk Szadziewski, Manager of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, Washington, and Ulrich Delius, German Society for Threatened Peoples, will provide a rare glimpse into one of the defining cultures of Central Asia and an internationally significant Silk Road city that has witnessed Tamerlane, Genghis Khan and Marco Polo but is excluded from applications for UNESCO World Heritage status due to political reasons.

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