WEEKLY BRIEF, 09 SEPTEMBER
UN Experts Urge Action on Findings of Uyghur Abuses in East Turkistan
On September 7th, following the report of the former U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, a group of 25 UN experts have issued a communication in which they expressed their deep concerns about the grave human rights abuses taking place in East Turkistan and welcomed and supported the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ (OHCHR) findings in its recently published report on the situation in the region.
The WUC welcomed the communication. The call of 25 UN experts to address the rights violations against Uyghurs is “highly timely as the U.N. has no excuse not to act in light of the release of the Uyghur report by the U.N Human Rights High Commissioner”, World Uyghur Congress President Dolkun Isa told Radio Free Asia. Furthermore, Mr. Isa met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic to discuss these issues in detail.
Mr. Volker Türk Appointed as New High Commissioner for Human Rights
On September 8th, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Mr. Volker Türk as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights. “I feel a deep sense of responsibility & will give it my all to advance the promises of Universal Declaration of Human Rights for everyone, everywhere”, Mr. Türk stated.
While the appointment has drawn criticism from human rights groups for failing to meet certain transparency standards, the WUC has urged Mr. Türk to increase efforts to hold the Chinese government accountable for its human rights abuses against Uyghurs.
New U.K. Security Minister Calls For Hikvision, Dahua Ban
The newly-appointed Minister for Security, Tom Tugendhat, has called for the UK to stop buying video surveillance equipment from Chinese companies who profit from the genocide in East Turkistan, such as Hikvision and Dahua.
The UK should “stop buying any technology that facilitates repression in Xinjiang. […] it is unacceptable for the UK to be complicit by buying cameras and surveillance equipment from the same providers”, Tugendhat wrote in an opinion piece in The Telegraph.
Spyware Campaign Reportedly Targeting the Uyghur Community
On September 5th, Cyble reported that an online spyware campaign is likely targeting the Uyghur community, through malware disguised as WUC President Dolkun Isa´s new book “The China Freedom Trap”. This malware is a lucrative bait to spread malicious infection in the targeted community.
This system uses an icon similar to the cover page of the book and on opening the app, the user is shown a few pages of the book including the cover page, an introduction to the book and its author, along with a condolence letter at the end. However, the malicious app leverages to steal device information, SMSes, Contacts data, call logs, and neighbouring cell information. Among other features, it can also capture the device screen and take pictures from the device’s camera. The WUC has urged anyone interested in buying the book to please do so directly on Amazon.
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 historical case.
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.