Weekly Brief: 22 November

World Uyghur Congress, 22 November 2019

Leak to New York Times Should Be Followed By Action From International Community

A significant leak of Chinese Communist Party documents, including high level speeches and directives, has provided a much clearer picture of the origin and nature of China’s policy of mass internment as well as the motivations of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Language contained in many of the speeches and directives substantially deviates from the narrative often portrayed to the international community by the CCP. Use of language portraying Islam and the Uyghur identity as a “virus” that requires an intervention or cure supports past reporting.

President of the World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa, said in response, “The international community no longer has an excuse to stay silent. The documents reveal a premeditated policy from the highest levels of the Chinese government to eradicate our identity.”

WUC Deeply Concerned About Recent Developments in Hong Kong

The surge in reports of widespread arrests and police brutality targeting university students gives reason for great concern. We urge the international community to help the people of Hong Kong defend their way of life against the repression by the Chinese Communists. China must respect the special status of Hong Kong and protect the human rights of its citizens, including their democratic constitution and basic freedoms.

WUC Representative Decries Mosque Destruction in The Globe Post

Omer Kanat, WUC Chairman of the Executive Committee and Uyghur Human Rights Project Executive Director, discusses the CCP’s destruction of mosques and numerous efforts to erase the Uyghur identity with The Globe Post.

Mr Kanat states: “What is happening to the Uyghurs should concern us all. China is creating a template for the subjugation of ethnic and religious minorities. The technological innovations in surveillance are tested on Uyghurs and available for export.”

Two Australian Politicians Banned From China Over Criticism of the CCP

Two Australian MPs have reportedly been barred from entering China after they refused to retract criticisms that they had directed at the Chinese government, especially regarding human rights violations in East Turkistan and Hong Kong.

The two Liberal MPs had been invited for a “study tour” in China. However, after addressing the growing Chinese influence in the light of the regime’s horrendous human rights record, they had their visa applications rejected. They would only have been allowed to enter the country if they “repented” their statements; both politicians asserted that they “will not repent for standing up for Australian sovereignty, our values, our interests and standing up for people who can’t stand up for themselves.”