Weekly Brief: October 31

World Uyghur Congress, 31 October 2019

WUC Applauds Move by 23 UN Member States to Condemn China’s Abuse of Uyghur Rights

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) applauded the continued efforts by UN Member States to call on China to respect the rights of Uyghurs and other Muslims and halt mass detentions.

In a statement delivered at the UN General Assembly on October 29, 23 UN member states, including the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Japan, called on the Chinese government to respect the human rights of the Uyghur community and to halt their arbitrary detention.

WUC President Dolkun Isa said in response, “Although we have been deeply disappointed from the response from the United Nations system, which is obligated to address abuses on this scale, it is encouraging to see voices still speaking out loudly.” The Chinese government commented on this condemnation of its actions that it would not be “helpful for having a good solution to the issue of trade talks.”

WUC is Hiring: Three Positions in Germany and Belgium

The WUC is currently seeking to fill three positions including a Project Manager (Munich, Germany), a Project Coordinator (Brussels, Belgium) and a Project Assistant (Berlin, Germany). Please visit our website for further information on the three opportunities to contribute to the fight for Uyghur human rights.

150 Deaths in Six Months Reported From One Internment Camp in East Turkistan

At least 150 people have died over the last six months while detained at an internment camp in Aksu, East Turkistan, according to an official source interviewed by Radio Free Asia. This statement by a police officer confirms once again that mass deaths at internment camps in East Turkistan are a commonplace occurrence. Although family members of the deceased were shown the bodies of their loved ones, according to the source, they were also instructed not divulge any information on the deaths.

Norwegian Oil Fund Reportedly Invests in Chinese Companies Connected to Human Rights Abuses in East Turkistan

On October 28, the Norwegian Uyghur Committee issued a press release expressing its concern about reports that the Norwegian Oil Fund has invested in Hikvision & Dahua. Both companies are directly involved in China’s crimes against humanity committed against Uyghurs by supplying surveillance technology used by the government in their efforts to ensure the total state of surveillance of the Uyghur region.