PRESS RELEASE: International Uyghur Forum Successfully Concluded in Tokyo
From October 30-31, the World Uyghur Congress together with the Japan Uyghur Parliamentary League, the Parliamentary League for Investigating and Taking action on Human Rights Violations by China, the Japan Uyghur Association (JUA) and Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), successfully concluded the International Uyghur Forum: Global Parliamentarian Convention (IUF) at the National Diet of Japan.
The IUF brought together over 150 participants from over 25+ countries, including policymakers, legal experts, key political, academic, and civil society actors, as well as global Uyghur leaders. The two-day conference focused on strategies, legal avenues and accountability measures to address the current Uyghur genocide, including transnational repression against Uyghurs, China’s threat to global civil liberties, reproductive violence against Uyghur women and children, Uyghur forced labour, as well as the erosion of democratic systems in Hong Kong, military tensions in the vicinity of Taiwan, and China’s threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region.
On October 29, the IUF held its welcome reception, which featured remarks from World Uyghur Congress President, Dolkun Isa, and included a fireside chat with Arfiya Eri, Member of the Japanese Parliament, and Luke de Pulford, the Executive Director of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC)
Over the course of the International Uyghur Forum, a Declaration was developed which includes various recommendations and tangible actions, on how the international community can bring an end to the Uyghur genocide.