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.
The World Uyghur Congress is greatly encouraged by the passage of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 by unanimous decision in the U.S. Senate. The WUC is grateful to all the Senators who passed this important act, which stands as an important statement of intent by the U.S. government to hold the Chinese government accountable for crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and provides the mandate to take meaningful, concrete action to pressure the Chinese government to end the crisis in East Turkistan. We urge the House of Representatives to quickly send the act to the desk of the President of the U.S., to sign this bill into law as an urgent matter of priority.
Today a letter has been sent to the British Government requesting that they immediately agree to reconsider their decision to contract with the company Huawei for part of the United Kingdom’s 5G network.
As millions of Muslims around the world have begun to observe the holy month the Ramadan, many will have to do so while being confined to their homes, away from friends, family and community, due to the global coronavirus pandemic caused by the CCP’s lack of transparency and mismanagement of the situation. This difficult time has shown the importance of being able to freely practice your religion, participate in community life and enjoy your basic rights and freedoms. These have all been denied to the Uyghur people for years due to the repressive policies of the Chinese government. We urge Muslims all over the world to keep the Uyghur people in their thoughts and prayers during the holy month of Ramadan and to call on their respective governments to demand that China immediately ceases its religious persecution of Uyghurs. The WUC looks forward to a day when Uyghurs can join Muslims all over the world in observing Ramadan, unencumbered by CCP repression.