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WEEKLY BRIEF: 30 JULY 2021

WEEKLY BRIEF: 30 JULY 2021

 

NEWS

The EU Votes to Adopt New Strategy on China

In a resolution adopted on July 22, by 58 votes in favour, 8 against with 4 abstentions, the Foreign Affairs Committee outlines six pillars on which the EU should build a new strategy to deal with China: cooperation on global challenges, engagement on international norms and human rights, identifying risks and vulnerabilities, building partnerships with like-minded partners, fostering strategic autonomy and defending European interests and values. 

Morocco Authorities Detain Uyghur Activist at China’s Request

On July 20th 2021, 34-year-old Uyghur Turkey-based exile Idris Hassan (Yidiresi Aishan) was arrested in Morocco, after he was put on Interpol’s Red Notice at the request of the Chinese authorities.  According to his family, Mr. Hassan was stopped at Casablanca airport on the late evening of July 19, coming  from Istanbul and is currently detained at the Tiflet Detention Centre. No official documentation on the reason for his arrest has  been provided so far, according to his family. The Moroccan-Chinese extradition treaty went into effect in January of this year. The WUC demands that the Moroccan authorities do not extradite the Uyghur activist and respects the principle of non-refoulement. 

Hearing on Corporate Sponsorship of the 2022 Beijing Olympics

On July 27, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China held a hearing entitled “Corporate Sponsorship of the 2022 Beijing Olympics”. To this end, the Commission  invited the U.S.-based companies who are sponsoring the Olympics through The Olympic Partner (TOP ) Programme of the International Olympic Committee to the hearing to address how they can leverage their influence to insist on concrete human rights improvements in China and how they will conduct due diligence through their sponsorship agreements. 

The 7th Year Anniversary of the Yarkand Massacre

Seven years ago, on July 28, 2014, Chinese security forces violently suppressed a largely peaceful protest in Yarkand, leading to the deaths of many innocent Uyghurs. The World Uyghur Congress remembered all those who were killed on, and in the days following. Since then, we have witnessed an escalation in discriminatory state policies that have led to the estimated three million Uyghurs and other Turkic people to being arbitrarily detained in concentration camps.

Ingolstadt Protest

On July 29, The WUC and partner organisations (Society for Threatened Peoples, Ilham Tohti Initiative, Hong Kongers in Germany, Falun Dafa, Aktionsbündnis Ingolstadt für die Wahrung der Menschenrechte der Uiguren, Tibet Initiative Germany, International Human Rights Organisation Germany) organised a protest to urge the city council of Ingolstadt to cut its funding for the Confucius Institute. In the same afternoon, the City Council voted to cut their annual funding to the Confucius Institute. WUC thanks all the individuals who contributed to this campaign and celebrates this victory!

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