The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) endorses the formal complaint submitted by French lawyer William Bourdon, on behalf of Mrs Tursunay Ziyawudun and of the organisations Collectif Éthique Sur l’Étiquette, Sherpa and the European Uyghur Institute (IODE), against four France-based multinational companies. The complaint was submitted against INDITEX FRANCE, UNIQLO FRANCE, SMCP and SKECHERS USA FRANCE over allegations of their involvement in Uyghur forced labour.
WUC Participates in Global Day of Action on 71st Anniversary of PRC The 1st of October marked the 71st anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. On this occasion, the World Uyghur Congress, together with 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, organized a joint 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.
October 1st marks two sad and important dates, the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). In 1949 the Chinese government militarily occupied East Turkistan. Six years later, the CCP officially founded the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on October 1st,1955. At the time, the Chinese government made lofty promises, assuring the Uyghur people that they would have meaningful autonomy and would be able to preserve their unique culture, language, history and religion. Similar promises were made to the Tibetan and Mongolian people. All of these promises were broken. On the 65th anniversary of the creation of XUAR, its legacy has been decades of subjugation, repression, forced assimilation and broken promises.
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.
The World Uyghur Congress has released its newsletter covering the month of August concerning our activities as well as the most prevalent issues concerning the Uyghur community in East Turkistan and elsewhere. The newsletter looks at a number of developing stories coming out of the region and updates on the activities of the World Uyghur Congress, including:
WUC Raises Uyghur Crisis at the 43rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council
This week the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC) started in Geneva. In her written update to the UN HRC, UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet mentioned that she welcomed China’s apparent decision to grant her a visit to East Turkistan this year. She further called for unfettered access to investigate allegations of serious human rights violations against Uyghurs and others. The High Commissioner had requested a visit on three occasions over the last year and a half, which have been routinely denied or deflected by the Chinese government. The WUC has been calling for a UN led independent investigation to the region and insists that the High Commissioner be given unfettered and meaningful access to the region and the camp facilities, if she is finally allowed to visit.
The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is organizing a week-long photo exhibition: ‘’Repressed, Detained and Disappeared: Uyghur Human Rights Crisis ’’ 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.