Press Release: 50 Uyghur Groups Urge Heads of State to Condemn Uyghur Genocide during Xi Jinping visit to Saudi Arabia

Press Release: 50 Uyghur Groups Urge Heads of State to Condemn Uyghur Genocide during Xi Jinping visit to Saudi Arabia

Press Release – For Immediate Release
08 December 2022
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

A group of 50 Uyghur organizations from 20 countries is urging heads of states and leaders of international organizations that are meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Saudi Arabia to condemn the Chinese government’s atrocity crimes against the Uyghurs, and call for an end to the ongoing genocide. On the same occasion, the WUC urges the Saudi authorities to release the four Uyghurs detained in Saudi Arabia for nearly a year. Their extradition to China would be in violation of the principle of non-refoulement.

Xi Jinping is currently on a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia, which also includes several summits, including the “Saudi-China”, “Golf-China” and “Arab-China” summits, bringing together more than 30 heads of states and leaders of international organisations.

“Those who are meeting Xi Jinping in Saudi Arabia should be aware that they are meeting with the leader of a regime responsible for a genocide against Uyghur muslims”, WUC President, Dolkun Isa, stated. “Especially those heads of muslim-majority states must urgently break their silence on the Uyghur genocide. It is their religious responsibility to protect Islamic values.”

On various occasions, Uyghur organizations have expressed their great disappointment over the silence of muslim-majority countries on the Uyghur genocide, which has involved the arbitrary detainment of millions of Uyghurs in concentration camps, where they are forced to renounce their religious beliefs and practices. Furthermore, thousands of mosques, shrines, graveyards and other sites of religious significance in East Turkistan have been destroyed or damaged. Furthermore, several religious practices have been forbidden in East Turkistan. For example, Uyghurs cannot give Islamic names to their children, fast during Ramadan, and have been forced to eat pork and drink alcohol.

In October, at the UN Human Rights Council, many muslim-majority countries voted against or abstained on a resolution that sought to debate the assessment of the Office of the High Representative for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the situation in East Turkistan. The failure of these countries to allow a space for debate at the Human Rights Council, a body which was created to do exactly that, contradicts the core values and principles of Islam.

As Xi Jinping visits Saudi Arabia, our organizations are reminding the leaders of the global Ummah of their existing duty to protect other Muslims and thus to address and condemn the ongoing genocide of the Uyghur people. Failing to do so would be an egregious betrayal of the shared Islamic values of the global Ummah. The WUC calls on world leaders to urge Saudi authorities not to repatriate the four Uyghurs back to China.


  1. Australian Uyghur Association
  2. Alberta Uyghur Association
  3. Austria Uyghur Association
  4. Belgium Uyghur Association
  5. Campaign for Uyghurs
  6. Center for Uyghur Studies
  7. Dutch Uyghur Human Rights Foundation
  8. Darul Iman Association
  9. East Turkistan Association of Canada
  10. East Turkistan Federation
  11. East Turkistan Science and Enlightenment Foundation
  12. Eastern Turkistan Foundation
  13. East Turkistan People’s Unity Association
  14. East Turkistan Union in Europe
  15. East Turkestan Union of Muslim Scholars
  16. Finnish Uyghur Culture Center
  17. Ili Mashrap Foundation
  18. Institute of China Studies
  19. International Pen Uyghur Center
  20. Isa Yusup Alptekin Foundation
  21. Japan Uyghur Association
  22. Justice 4 Uyghurs
  23. Knowledge and Service Solidarity and Cooperation Association
  24. Norwegian Uyghur Committee
  25. Sweden Uyghur Union
  26. Swiss Uyghur Association
  27. Taklamakan Uyghur Publish House
  28. Uighur Society “Ittipak” of the Kyrgyz Republic
  29. Uyghur Academy Australia
  30. Uyghur Academy Canada
  31. Uyghur Academy Europe
  32. Uyghur Academy Foundation
  33. Uyghur Academy Japan
  34. Uyghur Academy USA
  35. Uyghur Center for Human Rights and Democracy
  36. Uyghur Cultural and Education Union in Germany
  37. Uyghur Human Rights Project
  38. Uyghur PEN Center
  39. Uyghur Projects Foundation
  40. Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project
  41. Uyghur Refugee Relief Fund
  42. Uyghur Research Institute
  43. Uyghur Science and Civilization Research Foundation
  44. Uyghur Science and Education Foundation
  45. Uyghur Transitional Justice Database
  46. Uyghur U.K. Association
  47. Uyghur Youth Union in Kazakhstan
  48. Victoria Uyghur Association
  49. World Uyghur Congress Foundation
  50. World Uyghur Congress