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WEEKLY BRIEF: 14 AUGUST 2020

WEEKLY BRIEF: 14 AUGUST 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 14 August 2020


NEWS

WUC Submits Written Complaint to the IOC
The WUC has submitted a written complaint to the IOC Ethics Commission for its refusal to reconsider hosting the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games in China amidst a genocide against Uyghurs. Evidence submitted along with the Complaint from numerous sources proves that a number of crimes against humanity are taking places such as mass sterilization, arbitrary detention in internment camps, torture, repressive security and surveillance, and forced labour and slavery.

WUC President stated that ” The IOC can no longer claim ignorance of China’s genocide [Uyghurs]. If the IOC allows China to host the 2022 Winter Games, it is willfully and intentionally abandoning the values and principles that underpin the Olympic Movement”. 

For over a year, the WUC has been supporting and participating in the No rights no Games online Campaign. The message is clear: the IOC should not hold the 2022 Winter Games in a country that’s committing egregious human rights violations. 

Faith Leaders Call for Action to End the Human Rights Atrocities in East Turkistan
The WUC welcomes the release of a statement by faith leaders calling for action to stop atrocious crimes against the Uyghurs in East Turkistan. 

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the Cardinals of Myanmar and Indonesia, the Coptic-Orthodox Archbishop of London Archbishop Angaelos, some of Britain’s most senior Rabbis, Muslim faith leaders, the President of the Buddhist Society UK, the representative of the Dalai Lama in Europe  and the Chief Executive of Humanists UK wereamong 76 signatories calling for action to stop “one of the most egregious human tragedies since the Holocaust: the potential genocide of the Uyghurs and other Muslims in China.”

Canada’s Moral and Legal Obligation to Recognize the Severe Atrocities Against Uyghurs as Genocide
On August 10,  Mehmet Tohti, Uyghur Activist, and Azeezah Kanji, legal academic and journalist
called on the Canadian government to recognise the atrocities against the Uyghurs in East Turkistan as genocide and to support international efforts to achieve accoutability. Furthermore, they stressed out the importance of the establishment of Magnitsky-like sanctions and the ban of all products produced by enslaved Uyghur labour.

US Farm Brand John Deere Sells Cotton-Harvesting Machines to China
On August 8, the  South China Morning Post reported that US farm brand John Deere sold high-tech US cotton-harvesting machinery to be used in East Turkistan. John Deere is one of the key players in East Turkistan’s cotton industry, amidst industries and human rights organizations warning  that the cotton industry is tainted by Uyghur forced labour  Since 2017, the US has sold nearly a billion dollars’ worth of heavy-duty cotton-harvesting equipment to East Turkistan, helping the region produce one-fifth of the world’s cotton. 

Women Searching for her Disappeared Brother
Mewlan disappeared in 2017 during his lunch break. His sister, who had been restlessly searching for him, learned that he was detained in one of the internment camps, and afterwards sentenced to nine years in prison, as Bitter Winter reported on August 14.  He was a model citizen who was targeted for simply being Uyghur. 

40 British MPs and Peers Sent a Letter to the Home Secretary Demanding Refugee Status to the Uyghurs
Over 40 British MPs and peers sent a letter to the Home Secretary demanding that the UK grant automatic refugee status to Uyghurs fleeing China and seeking asylum in the UK. “The UK must be at the forefront of efforts to help Uighurs fleeing religious persecution and should automatically grant all Uighur asylum seekers refugee status given the risks that they face,” stated Rahima Mahmut WUC representative in London.

Mosques in Suntagh village razed 
On August 11, RFA reported that the Chinese authorities have razed two of three mosques in the village of Suntagh. In recent years, the CCP has destroyed thousands of holy sites in East Turkistan to eradicate Uyghur culture.   

PARTICIPATE


The Wall of the Disappeared in Geneva
Help us highlight the individual stories of the disappeared relatives of Uyghurs in the diaspora.Send us a photo of your detained/disappeared relatives and their story until 8/20/2020, for our exhibition “THE WALL OF THE DISAPPEARED” in front of the United Nations in Geneva in September. Please find one information here!

Reunite Ayub, Khalil, and Salahidin with their families
Ayub Mohammed, Salahidin Abdulahad, and Khalil Mamut are three Uyghur men who left China after childhoods of discrimination, persecution, and hopelessness. They were sold by Pakistani bounty hunters to the US military and in 2001 and taken with nineteen other Uyghurs to Guantanamo Bay due to unsubstantiated claims that they were part of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). There, they suffered four to seven years of detention in the squalor of the world’s most notorious prison. Despite being found as not “enemy combatants” as early as 2003, they were kept in Guantanamo for years.Please sign the petition here to help them reunite with their family and loved ones!