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Weekly Brief, 12 November 2021

Weekly Brief, 12 November 2021


The WUC’s 7th General Assembly and International Conference
The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is gathering in Prague, Czech Republic, from November 12-14, 2021 for the world’s largest meeting of Uyghurs in the diaspora. More than 200 Uyghur delegates from over 25 countries will gather in the Czech capital to elect the organization’s leadership for the next three years. 

Delegates to the 7th General Assembly will be joined by representatives from other communities, civil society, Parliament members and national governments, as well as leading academics and legal experts, to reflect on recent developments of the Uyghur genocide.The day-long international conference, ‘’Uyghur Rights: The Road Towards Accountability,’’ will take place on November 12, bringing together survivors of China’s camps, leading academics and legal experts, as well as diplomats, policymakers and government representatives. Panels will feature topics such as survivor testimonies, policy approaches toward the Uyghur crisis, legal means to hold perpetrators accountable, and the research practices that have been essential to exposing the Uyghur genocide.

On November 10th, the WUC, Campaign for Uyghurs, and other partners, were invited for an official dinner reception in the U.S. Ambassador to Prague’s Residence.

New Report by US Holocaust Memorial Museum on Uyghur Genocide
The On November 9th, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide released a report, titled “To Make Us Slowly Disappear”: The Chinese Government’s Assault on the Uyghurs. The report expresses the Museum’s grave concern that the Chinese government may be committing genocide against the Uyghur people. The report also details multiple crimes against humanity that the Chinese government is committing against the Uyghur population, including forced sterilization, sexual violence, enslavement, torture, forcible transfer, persecution, and imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty.

Coalition Open Letter to European Commission on Initiatives to Address Uyghur Forced Labour
On November 9th, 2021, the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region and other individual organizations sent an open letter to Commissioners involved in European Union’s (EU) Sustainable Corporate Governance Initiative, urging them to make sure the upcoming proposal contains robust and comprehensive provisions. In addition, the letter emphasizes that the initiative must be complemented by equally ambitious measures such as an import control mechanism on forced labour goods and the use of sanctions regimes.

Similarly, on November 8th, WUC’s EU Policy Coordinator Koen Stoop published an op-ed in Euractiv with Anti-Slavery International’s Helene de Rengerve, arguing that the the EU has a real opportunity to turn its ambitions for global leadership into reality by taking a strong stance in responding to China’s persecution of Uyghurs.

New “Regulations on the Construction of Public Safety” in East Turkistan in 2022
On November 11TH, Bitter Winter reported that new “Regulations of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on the Construction of Public Safety” will come into force as of January 1, 2022. Under the new regulations, surveillance will be further increased through the grid system, signaling a further crackdown on everyday (religious) behavior of Uyghurs, and will tighten surveillance measures. Adopted at the 28th meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th People’s Congress of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, the regulations, like already-existing ones, adopt broad and vague definitions of crimes such as “terrorism” and “extremism”, equating these with everyday forms of lawful (religious) behavior.


Protests against Uyghur Genocide in London and Manchester
Over 50 national Muslim organizations in the UK will come together in London and Manchester to to protest against the Uyghur genocide on November 13th, 12:30 PM. The demonstration in London will be organized in front of the Chinese Embassy and in Manchester at 71 Denison Road. More information here.

Event in Berlin, Camp Survivors Speaking About Their Experience in The Internment Camps
Qelbinur Sidiq and Gulbahar Haitiwaji will talk about their experience in the internment camps in East Turkistan on 18 November 2021. The event will take place at Alte Feuerwache e.V. (Axel-Springer-Str. 40/41, Berlin).