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Press Release: The WUC Commemorates More than 70 Years of Oppression On the Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China

Press Release: The WUC Commemorates More than 70 Years of Oppression On the Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China

Press Release- For immediate release
30 September, 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

On the 1st of October, on the occasion of the National Day of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) commemorates this as a day signifying more than 70 years of oppression. For the Uyghur people in East Turkistan, for Tibetans, Southern Mongolians, and others as well, the establishment of the PRC set the stage for the gradual erosion of their rights and freedoms. To commemorate these events and to demand an end to China’s atrocious human rights crimes, the WUC is (co-)organizing protests in various cities in Europe (more details below).

“Every year, the 1st of October is not a celebratory day for Uyghurs, but rather an occasion to reflect on all that we have lost at the hands of PRC governments – from our rights and freedoms to the lives of our loved ones”, WUC President, Dolkun Isa, said. “At the same time, this day has become symbolic for oppressed communities from China to join in solidarity and once more call for an end to the Uyghur genocide and China’s other human rights crimes”. 

Shortly after the establishment of the PRC in 1949, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops marched into the then Republic of East Turkistan, starting the colonial occupation that is still ongoing. Since then, successive Chinese governments have led brutal and repressive campaigns against the Uyghur people to cement their rule in the region. Under such campaigns, Uyghurs have been gradually stripped of their economic, political, cultural and religious rights and freedoms, and any form of dissent has been brutally cracked down upon. This long history of repression eventually set the stage for the ongoing Uyghur genocide, which is putting the very future of the Uyghur people under threat.

To highlight this current situation, and stand in solidarity with Tibetans, Hong Kongers, Southern Mongolians, Taiwanese, and Chinese human rights defenders, the WUC is (co-)organising various protests throughout Europe. While these protests will highlight the various human rights crises in China, and demand Beijing to put an end to them, the international community will similarly be urged to take effective action in response. Topics include the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, a coordinated international response to Uyghur forced labour, trade relations with China, such as the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, as well as international recognition of the Uyghur genocide.

We invite everyone to join the WUC and other local Uyghur organisations in these protests, to raise your voice against China’s atrocious human rights record and call for an end of the ongoing genocide.

Berlin | October 1st, 11:00 – 13:00, Jannowitzbrücke (in front of the Chinese Embassy).
More info here.

London | October 1st, 18:30, From Piccadilly Circus to the Chinese Embassy.
More info here.

Munich | October 1st, 15:00 – 17:00, Hofmannstr. 56 (in front of the Chinese Consulate)

Paris | October 2nd, 14:00, From Place de la Bastille to Place de la République.
More info here.