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Weekly Brief, 27 October

Weekly Brief, 27 October


World Uyghur Congress Attends Hearing at Czech Senate
On October 20, the World Uyghur Congress attended a public hearing at the Czech Senate in Prague on “Forced Labour and Assimilation in the Uyghur Region” by the auspices of Czech Senator, Jiří Oberfalzer and hosted by Czech Senator, Pavel Fischer. The event co-organised by the Forum For Human Rights; the World Uyghur Congress; Sinopsis; the Ilham Tohti Initiative; Campaign for Uyghurs; the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and Research Fellow at the Oriental Institute, Ondřej Klimes; and the Educational Research Center of Prague. 

World Uyghur Congress President, Mr Dolkun Isa, delivered a speech during the hearing on China’s transnational repression against the Uyghurs and other Turkic people. 

Trial of Uyghur Filmmaker Begins
On October 25, the trial of Uyghur filmmaker, Ikram Nurmehmet who was arrested in Beijing earlier this year, started in East Turkistan. He is currently being held in pretrial detention on unknown charges. Mr. Nurmehmet is an independent filmmaker, known for creating short films portraying the life of Uyghurs. His works have been selected by film festivals in China and abroad. 

The World Uyghur Congress demands his immediate release from the Chinese authorities.

More Uyghur Women Die in Chinese Prison
On October 19, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that three Uyghur women have passed away within days from each other after their release from Baykol Women’s Prison in Ghulja. Since the establishment of the prison there has been a significant decline in the health of the detainees and an increase in deaths in custody. 

According to a high level official at the prison, two sisters in their 30s and a 75-year-old woman were sentenced to 12 years on charges of “religious extremism”. At least 10,000 Uyghur women are held within Baykol Women’s Prison with the health of many drastically deteriorating, as a result of the mandatory “educational programs”. 

UN Member Countries Condemn China’s Genocide against Uyghurs
On October 19, the British Ambassador, James Kariuki, delivered a statement condemning the Uyghur genocide on behalf of the UK and 50 other countries at the United Nations Third Committee. Criticising the Chinese government’s atrocities against Uyghurs and other Turkic people in East Turkistan, the statement furthermore called on China to end its human rights violations in East Turkistan, to engage constructively with the OHCHR, and to fully implement the recommendations of the OHCHR assessment.

Last week, 72 countries including most Islamic and Turkic countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran as well as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan supported China’s atrocities against Uyghurs at the UN.


Help the World Uyghur Congress Establish an Uyghur Cultural-Centre
The World Uyghur Congress is raising funds to establish an Uyghur Cultural-Centre in Munich; a dedicated space where the Uyghur community and everyone interested in the Uyghur culture can come together to learn and preserve the rich Uyghur cultural heritage. With the generous support and help of the Uyghur community worldwide, we have already achieved 80% of the total amount needed to purchase the necessary facilities. Your support can help us to get the final 20%. Please donate and share!

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!

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 historic case.