PRESS RELEASE: UYGHUR GROUPS SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDE HIGH-LEVEL UYGHUR SUMMIT
From 26-28 May, the World Uyghur Congress, in cooperation with 21 other Uyghur organisations, has successfully conducted its 2022 Uyghur Summit in Munich, Germany. Throughout the international conference and a subsequent series of discussions with East Turkistan diaspora leaders, participants deliberated about the most urgent challenges the Uyghur people are facing and concluded with concrete steps to take the Uyghur cause forward in the period ahead.
“This Summit took place at an opportune moment, right after the Xinjiang Police Files and the visit of the UN High Commissioner to East Turkistan,’’ said WUC President, Dolkun Isa. “We are at another turning point in our advocacy, where accountability measures must be discussed. We ended our Summit on a strong note, showing more solidarity than ever before.’’
The Uyghur Summit brought together over 200 prominent activists, legal and academic experts, policymakers, East Turkistan diaspora leaders from 70 organisations as well as camp survivors. Participants discussed key issues of concern, such as the enduring failure of the international community to hold those responsible for the Uyghur genocide to account and bring justice to Uyghur victims.
In light of the leaked Xinjiang Police Files highlighting the sheer scale and severity of the repression in East Turkistan, as well as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ disastrous visit to East Turkistan, the organisers identified a particular need for unity and solidarity to work together towards concrete solutions and meaningful action to end China’s atrocity crimes.
Following three days of fruitful discussions, the involved organisations adopted a Summit Declaration, highlighting the most important conclusions reached and urging the international community to adopt concrete policies aimed at ending the Uyghur genocide. The WUC thanks all co-sponsors and participants for their valuable contributions and steadfast commitment towards defending Uyghur human rights and freedoms, and looks forward to continuing these fruitful discussions.