We, a coalition of over 190 global campaign groups, are writing this letter to raise our serious concerns about Airbnb’s agreement to support the Beijing 2022 Winter Games as part of the company’s Olympic partnership.
On March 10, the World Uyghur Congress stands in solidarity with the Tibetan people. This day marks a dark chapter in Tibetan history, as they saw the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) illegally invade and occupy their homeland. On March 10, 1959, tens of thousands of Tibetans marched the streets of Lhasa, Tibet’s capital and stood up in protest against tyranny. As a result, tens of thousands were killed by Chinese soldiers. This historical event has proven to be a significant precedent for the further brutal repression which by now has culminated into cultural genocide against the Tibetan people by the Chinese government.
On February 13, the World Uyghur Congress hosted a Virtual Meeting to highlight the courage of all the camp survivors. These brave Uyghurs and Kazakhs who witnessed first hand the genocidal crimes of the Chinese Communist Party shared their testimonies with the international community and gave a better understanding of the severity of the situation.
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 Norwegian Uyghur Committee, Uyghur Human Rights Project, World Uyghur Congress, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights, welcome Government Pension Fund of Norway (Oil Fund) decision to divest from Chinese surveillance company, Hikvision Digital Technology, and urge global investors to review investments in entities responsible for gross rights abuses targeting Uyghurs.
The largest group of exiled ethnic Uighurs has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reconsider holding the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, citing what it says is evidence of crimes against humanity committed in China’s Xinjiang region.
The WUC applauds the formation of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), an alliance of legislators from nine global parliaments who have come together to push governments to adopt a tougher stance on China. The IPAC includes prominent parliamentarians and legislators from Australia, Canada, the European Parliament, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Recent events have made evident how precious our rights and liberties are and the need for solidarity, empathy and compassion to defend them. Peaceful protests and the right to freedom of assembly is an essential part of a society’s interaction with the governing authorities. This is important for all oppressed and marginalized people around the world who seek equality, human rights, freedom and democracy.