WEEKLY BRIEF: 4 June 2021
The WUC Condemned the Life Imprisonment of WUC President’s Brother
Hushtar Isa, the brother of WUC President Dolkun Isa, was sentenced to life imprisonment, as reported by Radio Free Asia on May 31 The WUC expresses its sincere support & solidarity to Dolkun Isa and his family, and strongly condemning these retaliatory actions.
Hushtar Isa graduated from Highway University in Xi’an in 1996. In 2017, he was arrested and sent to one of the internment camps, where he spent two years for ‘’inciting terrorism’’. Since then, WUC President, Dolkun Isa has not heard of any news about his whereabouts, nor received any information about his well-being. The Chinese government continues to use retaliatory actions to silence Uyghurs abroad who are vocal about the human rights abuses taking place in East Turkistan, and who are advocating for their missing or detained relatives.
China Announces Major Family Planning Policy Shift
On May 31, The Guardian reported that China has announced that couples will be permitted to have up to three children in a major policy shift from the existing two-child limit. At the same time, Human Rights Watch and many others organisations report that there are indications of extensive coercive measures to control women’s fertility in East Turkistan and national birth control policies.
Australia and New Zealand Condemn Human Rights Violations in East Turkistan
On May 31, The Guardian and Bloomberg News reported that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern “expressed grave concerns about the human rights situation” in East Turkistan. The joint statement from the annual meeting also included comments on Hong Kong and the South China Sea.
The Uyghur Tribunal Starts its First Day of Hearing
Today marks the first day of hearing at the Uyghur Tribunal. The WUC team is on the ground to follow the 4-day hearing. Today, the Tribunal panel heard from several fact witnesses, including from camp survivors and expert witnesses. The hearings are scheduled until Monday, June 7. In his opening statement, Sir Geoffrey Nice, who is chairing the Tribunal said: ‘’People’s tribunals, like the Uyghur Tribunal, are needed to fill a gap where the international legal system falls short or national governments fail their duty to act and bring China to court over its human rights violations.
The research process was rigorous and the Tribunal’s evidence database included over 25 research staff, 8,000 research hours, and hundreds of thousands of pieces of evidence.
WUC Commemorates the Tiananmen Square Massacre
On the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, during which thousands of Chinese protestors calling for democracy and respect for human rights were brutally suppressed, the World Uyghur Congress commemorated the victims and highlighted the importance of democracy and freedom of speech and assembly. Students, teachers, activists and civilians were among those killed during the Tiananmen Square massacre, merely for exercising their right to freedom of assembly and calling for democracy. In commemoration of this day, the WUC President said: “Democracy, freedom and human rights, which are at the core of a life free from oppression and violence, should never be taken for granted. As the situation in China is getting increasingly critical, we cannot stop speaking out against these injustices in the hope of a better life for all those under the authoritarian CCP regime, including Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kongers, Southern Mongolians, and Chinese human rights defenders.”
Uyghur Tribunal June Hearings
June 7 join theGeneva Summit 2021 to listen to a series of panels on human rights and democracy, including the Uyghur genocide.
June 23 join us in calling for a boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games under the #NoBeijing2022 campaign, during the Global Day of Action. The WUC will be holding a protest in Lausanne, with partner organisations.