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Weekly Brief, 06 January 2023

Weekly Brief, 06 January 2023


Taiwanese Parliament Passes Genocide Resolution Recognizing Chinese Government’s Atrocity Crimes
On December 27th, the Taiwanese Parliament (Legislative Yuan) passed a resolution in which it recognized China is committing crimes against humanity and genocide against the Uyghur people. The resolution also requested the Taiwanese government’s executive branch to continue to pay attention to Uyghur human rights violations, expressed its solidarity with persecuted Uyghurs, and called for a prompt discussion on how to cooperate with other democratic countries to impose corresponding sanctions on the Chinese government.

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has applauded the resolution, which is the 11th parliamentary body worldwide to recognize crimes against humanity and (a serious risk of) genocide. “By being the first legislative body in Asia to recognise the Chinese government’s crimes against humanity and genocide against the Uyghur people, the Taiwanese Parliament sets a very important precedent”, WUC President, Dolkun Isa, said. “Other counties in the region must follow suit and build a strong coalition to reject the Chinese government’s atrocity crimes and support efforts to hold those responsible to account.”

Turkey Seeks Humanitarian Mission to East Turkistan, Refuses Chinese Extradition Requests
On January 1st, Middle East Monitor reported that Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, revealed that China has refused to allow the Turkish ambassador to visit East Turkistan, admitting it has strained ties between Turkey and China. Cavusoglu stated that negotiations about a Turkish humanitarian delegation visiting East Turkistan have been ongoing for 5 years, but that the Chinese government refuses to cooperate. As a result, “Turkish-Chinese ties have suffered over Beijing being disturbed by our attitude on the Turkic Uyghurs issue. They have extradition requests for people who are our citizens, who live in Türkiye all the time. Therefore, we don’t grant any such requests.”

Uyghur Student Faces Trial for “Separatism” in East Turkistan
On January 3rd, Amnesty International reported that a 25-year-old Uyghur student, Zulyar Yasin, is facing a trial in Urumchi, East Turkistan, on charges of so-called “separatism”. Yasin was detained at his home in December 2021 and his family were recently informed that he will be sentenced to up to five years in jail. Yasin appears to have been targeted because he travelled to Turkey as a teenager. He was set to be defended in court on January 4th by a government-appointed lawyer, in contradiction with international fair trial standards. Yasin spent two years studying finance at Istanbul University from 2014 to 2016, which is believed to be the real reason for his arrest. His family claims that he has been tortured in detention.


Donate to the World Uyghur Congress and support our efforts to end the Uyghur Genocide
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Support Uyghurs’ Genocide & Crimes Against Humanity Case in Argentina
The World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur Human Rights Project have launched a criminal case in the courts of Argentina in relation to the international crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity being committed against the Uyghur people. Please donate and be a part of this historical case.

Ask Volkswagen to Close its Plant in East Turkistan
Despite growing evidence of the ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs, Volkswagen continues to operate in East Turkistan. The World Uyghur Congress is collecting signatures to demand Volkswagen to close down its plant in Urumqi. Please sign here.