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Press Release: World Uyghur Congress Urges EU to raise Uyghur Human Rights 

Press Release: World Uyghur Congress Urges EU to raise Uyghur Human Rights 

Press Release – For immediate Release
12 October 2023
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

On October 12, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell commenced on his visit to China. During his trip HR/VP Borrell will co-chair the 12th EU-China Strategic Dialogue on October 13, together with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Mr. Borrell will also speak at the Peking University on EU-China relations. On the top of his agenda are furthermore discussions on “key regional and global challenges with government authorities, scholars and business representatives.”

“High Representative Borrell’s visit to China is a key opportunity to speak on the Uyghur genocide and raise the state-imposed forced labour schemes the Chinese government has enacted on the Uyghurs”, expressed World Uyghur Congress President, Dolkun Isa.

There is no end in sight to the repression. Particularly, after Xi Jinping’s recent visit to East Turkistan where he called for a continuation of his regime’s genocidal policies against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples, the repressive policies will likely exacerbate. The situation is dire, and while Uyghurs are prohibited from practising their religion and culture, the Chinese government has turned the Uyghur homeland into a tourist attraction and lures journalists and diplomats into its propaganda narrative.

The World Uyghur Congress urges the European Union to raise Uyghur human rights, and follow-up with the European Council Conclusions from June 30, where the EU reiterated its concerns regarding the situation in East Turkistan, the treatment of human rights defenders and forced labour. In addition, we urge Mr. Borrell to raise the recommendations made in the OHCHR report on Uyghurs. Furthermore, the World Uyghur Congress calls on the High Representative to push for the immediate and unconditional release of all detained Uyghurs. The European Union should work towards defining clear and measurable goals for its engagement with China, with specific outcomes aimed at driving positive changes in human rights within the country.