WEEKLY BRIEF, 12 AUGUST 2022
WUC President Dolkun Isa Publishes his Memoir
This week, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) President, Dolkun Isa, published his memoir, telling the story of his life pursuing justice and freedom for the people of East Turkistan, and the many challenges such as his 21-year long INTERPOL Red Notice.
“This book, based on my personal experiences, is an effort to illuminate and bring awareness to the dangers of the CCP. Despite living in a free world, I’ve continued to face injustices. I’ve been deprived of my freedom. My dignity has been trampled upon, detained, interrogated”, Mr. Isa said.
Solar Panel Shipments are Hit by Import Ban on East Turkistan
On August 9th, the Wall Street Journal reported that Several Chinese solar-panel suppliers, among the world’s largest, have had shipments to the U.S. detained or sent back during the past several weeks, due to the implementation of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), which bans all goods from East Turkistan under the presumption that they are made with Uyghur forced labour. The WUC has welcomed this as an important step, as the fight against climate change cannot be built on the suffering of Uyghurs.
Call for Sanctions to Stop Anti-Uyghur Brutality in East Turkistan
Following the revelations of the “Xinjiang Police Files”, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), Campaign for Uyghurs (CfU), Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) and Victims of Communism (VCMF) have addressed a letter to the US Secretary of the Tereasury, Janet Yellen, and to the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, urging them “to sanction all Chinese officials responsible for the genocide in East Turkistan”.
East Turkistan Officials use China’s Anti-Crime Campaign to Target “Disloyal” Uyghurs
On August 8th, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that the authorities in East Turkistan were using the Chinese government’s 100-day crackdown on criminals and fugitives to target Uyghurs deemed “religious extremists” and “two-faced”. The campaign was rolled out by Wang Xiaohong, a close ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping who was appointed Public Security Minister on June 25, to eradicate criminal forces and to shore up political security and social control across the country.
“Free Xinjiang Detainees”
Over the past few months, Amnesty International has run its “Free Xinjiang Detainees” campaign, a petition urging the Chinese government to close the internment camps and immediately free all detainees. Sign the petition here!
Ask Volkswagen to Close its Plant in East Turkistan
Despite growing evidence of the ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs, Volkswagen continues to operate a plant in East Turkistan. The World Uyghur Congress is collecting signatures to demand Volkswagen to close down its plant in Urumchi. Please sign here.