WEEKLY BRIEF: 29 MAY 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 29 May 2020

NEWS

Passing of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 in the House of Representatives
The WUC applauds the passage of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (S.3744) with an overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives. The Act was passed by the Senate earlier this month and the passage in the House is one step closer to the signature into law by the President of the United States. 

This historical bill calls for sanctions against those involved in human rights violations to the Uyghurs and others. Once this bill is signed into law, it will constitute the first legislative initiative by a national government to address the Uyghur crisis. The WUC and the Uyghur community are grateful to the Congressmen who dealt swiftly in approving this act and eagerly await its signature into law.

Appointment of Nury Turkel to USCIRF
WUC celebrates and welcomes the U.S. Congress’s appointment of Uyghur-American attorney Nury Turkel to the USCIRF. Mr. Nury was appointed to the USCIRF by Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the U.S. House of Representatives. This decision comes on the heels of the passage of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 in the Senate. These two major decisions mark a milestone in Uyghur advocacy in the United States, as well as in the rest of the world. With his legal and foreign policy expertise, WUC believes he will be a valuable addition to the Commission.

Removal of Islamic Motives in East Turkistan
On May 22, RFA reported that the Chinese authorities removed the star-and-crescent structures from the tops of the Id Kah mosque’s dome and Minarets, along with the colorful scriptural plaque that long hung above its front entrance. Id Kah is the largest and oldest mosque in East Turkistan. Large-scale mosques destructions began in late 2016 under the scope of a “Mosque Rectification” program, where Chinese authorities have conducted a systematic campaign to demolish or desecrate places of worship.

Interview with Dilnur Reyhan
On May 23, Global Voices issued an interview with Uyghur Sociologist, Dilnur Reyhan founder of the European Uyghur Institute, an NGO promoting Uyghur issues and culture. In the interview Ms. Reyhan talks about the detention of Uyghurs and other Turkic ethnic groups, the lack of Muslim solidarity, and the increase of Uyghur activism.   

WUC Representative Spokes at SFT Panel
On May 22, WUC Project Manager Zumretay Arkin spoke on a panel entitled “The Politics of Pandemic: How China Endangers the World” organised by Students for a Free Tibet. This panel brought together representatives from Tibetan, Taiwanese, Uyghur and Hong Konger youth movements. In her statement Ms Arkin talked about the impact of the COVID-19 on the human rights situation in East Turkistan and reiterated the importance of working in alliance with other movements. During the live stream, thousands of CCP bots attacked the panelists, with comments aimed to spread disinformation.

WUC Stands With Hong Kong
This week the CCP launched its most important political event of the year, the National People’s Congress. The Chinese government’s repression of Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kongers, Southern Mongolians and Han Chinese democracy activists have been only intensifying. On May 28, the CCP took with the adoption of the security law an important step to withdraw Hong Kong its special status. WUC is deeply concerned about the adoption of the Security Law by China’s People’s National Congress 2020, which is a serious threat to the autonomy and human rights in Hong Kong. Together with other groups, WUC joined the Stand With Hong Kong Campaign initiated by Students for a Free Tibet, as well as the International Tibet Network’s campaign.

 

Participate!

WUC Info Session
Interested in learning more about Huawei’s role in human rights violations against Uyghurs? Watch this Friday (May 29, 2020 at 14:99 CET) WUC info session with our special guests WUC UK Project Director and Artist, Rahima Mahmut, Lawyer and co-founder of Lawyers for Uyghur Rights, Michael Polak, and Assistant Professor in Law at the Nottingham University, Dr. Aris Georgopoulos. You can watch the live on our Facebook page. 

Amnesty International Letter Dr. Gulshan Abbas
Please take action and support Amnesty International by writing a letter to Tao Hongjung, Director of the Urumqi Municipal Public Security Bureau to request information about the whereabouts of Dr. Gulshan Abbas and to call for her release. Take action here!

Quilliam Webinar 
Attend the Quilliam free Zoom webinar at 6 pm UK on Tuesday 2 June 2020 on Chinese policy towards religious minorities and in particular Uyghur Muslims. The panel consists of Dr. Azeem Ibrahim,  Benedict Rogers, and Rahima Mahmut. For more information please click here!

Donation Huawei Campaign
Please support the WUC to legally challenge the UK government’s decision to allow Huawei 5G Network Access. This Crowd Justice campaign will cover pre-action legal work including sending written representations to the Government requesting that the decision to choose Huawei for its 5G network be reconsidered. Please donate here!