Weekly Brief, 10 March 2023
World Uyghur Congress Nominated for the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize
On March 7th, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) announced it has been nominated for the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize, by Canadian Members of Parliament Sameer Zuberi and Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe, and leader of the Young Liberals in Norway, Ane Breivik. According to the nomination letter, the WUC has been nominated for its contribution to human rights, the advancement of democracy, and bringing the Uyghur genocide to the forefront of the international community.
“It makes me very proud to see that the World Uyghur Congress’ hard work to end the Uyghur genocide has not gone unnoticed. This nomination is not only a recognition of the WUC’s work, but a show of support for the Uyghur people as a whole,” said WUC President, Dolkun Isa. The WUC sincerely thanks MP Brunelle-Duceppe, MP Zuberi and leader of the Young Liberals, Ms. Breivik, for recognising the importance of the WUC’s work and nominating the organisation for the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize.
UN CESCR Committee Publishes Concluding Observations on China
On March 6th, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (CESCR) published its concluding observations following its review on China in the month of February. Among other recommendations, the CESCR urged the Chinese government to immediately end the violations of human rights and implement recommendations from other UN treaty bodies and those contained in the report of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR). “The CESCR concluding observations is yet another UN document highlighting the gravity of the situation for Uyghur and Turkic people. This is proof that China has failed to whitewash its genocidal policies at the UN”, commented WUC President, Dolkun Isa.
World Uyghur Congress Highlights Plight of Uyghur and Turkic Women on International Women’s Day
On March 8th, which marked International Women’s Day, the WUC highlighted the dire situation that Uyghur and other Turkic women are facing in East Turkistan. Reminding the international community about the gender-based violence that Uyghur women are facing, the WUC highlighted Chinese government policies of birth prevention, forced marriages, sexual violence in detention, and overseas repression. “Despite these challenges, Uyghur and Turkic women are resilient, brave, and courageous. They continue to fight to gain their freedom and to expose these atrocities worldwide”, said WUC Program and Advocacy Manager and Chair of the Women’s Committee, Zumretay Arkin, in a video statement.
Apply for WUC Capacity Building Training in Stockholm, Sweden
From 28-30 April, the WUC will host a capacity building training for Uyghur youth activists in Stockholm, Sweden. If you would like to participate, go to our website and fill out the application form!
Joint Side Event at UN HRC in Geneva
On March 13th, the WUC, Society for Threatened Peoples, and the Tibet Office in Geneva are organizing a side event at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The event, titled “Human Rights in China: Tibetans and Uyghurs Report on the Current State of Repression and Accountability Efforts” will feature camp survivor Gulbahar Hatiwaji highlighting gender-based violence Uyghur and Turkic women are facing. More info here.
Donate to the World Uyghur Congress and support our efforts to end the Uyghur Genocide
With your donation, we can continue our national, EU and UN advocacy campaigns, provide capacity building for Uyghurs in the diaspora and continue our promotion of human rights, democracy, and religious freedom. Please donate here.
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.