Weekly Brief, 29 July 2022
New Report on XPCC’s Role in Uyghur Genocide
On July 26th, a new report titled “Until Nothing Is Left”, by Laura Murphy, Nyrola Elimä and David Tobin from Sheffield Hallam University, presented important new insights in how the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), a Chinese state-run paramilitary group, has played a critical role in suppressing Uyghur life, culture, and identity.
Following the release of the new report, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) joined the End Uyghur Forced Labour Coalition calling on companies in all countries to sever all relationships with XPCC companies and subsidiaries.
Joint Letter on the Appointment of the Next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
On July 28th, the WUC joined 20 organisations in an open letter to UN Member States to call for a “credible, impartial and courageous champion of human rights” to be appointed as the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The new High Commissioner will be appointed by the UN Secretary-General and approved by the General Assembly in September. “The post requires a strong commitment to addressing discrimination, inequality, oppression and injustice in all its forms, as well as combating impunity and pursuing redress and accountability for all human rights violations and abuses, including those committed by the most powerful governments”, the letter reads.
Australian Activist Drew Pavlou Arrested after Fake Bomb Threat During Uyghur Protest
Last weekend, Australian human rights activist Drew Pavlou, who held a peaceful Uyghur human rights protest in front of the Chinese embassy in London, was arrested by the UK Police after a false “bomb threat” email. He alleged the Chinese embassy reported him to the British authorities in retaliation for his protest. As soon as activists stand up against the repressive regime, it is common for these kinds of fake emails to start coming out, according to Pavlou’s lawyer, Michael Polak.
WUC Commemorates the Victims of the Yarkand Massacre
This week, the WUC commemorated the victims of the Yarkand massacre of July 28th, 2014. Eight years ago, Chinese security forces violently suppressed a largely peaceful protest in Yarkand, East Turkistan, killing & injuring many innocent Uyghurs. “The Yarkand massacre was a sign on the wall for the genocide that would commence shortly after. Since then, we have witnessed an escalation in violent state policies that has led to millions of Uyghurs being arbitrarily detained and suffering unspeakable abuses” stated WUC President Dolkun Isa.
On Friday 29 July, masjids and congregations across the world will be united in talking about and making du’a for the Uyghurs suffering genocide. On Sunday 31 July, demonstrations in more than 5 cities will be held in solidarity with Uyghurs. More details here!