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Deportation of Uyghurs from Malaysia continues a disturbing trend of states bowing to Chinese pressure

August 25, 2011 by admin

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) condemns in the strongest possible terms the deportation of 11 Uyghurs from Malaysia on August 18, and calls upon the international community to raise the case of the remaining Uyghur asylum seekers, who are currently in danger of being deported from Malaysia to China. The deportation constitutes a flagrant violation of international law on the part of Malaysian officials, and follows an extremely disturbing trend of Uyghurs deported from countries with strong trade and diplomatic ties to China. The Uyghurs deported from Malaysia will be vulnerable to torture, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention, and execution in China.

WUC Strongly Condemns New Extradition of Uyghurs from Pakistan to China

August 25, 2011 by admin


The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent extradition of five ethnic Uyghurs, among them one woman and two children, from Pakistan to China where they will face harsh punishment. Uyghurs who have been extradited to China in the past, were detained, imprisoned, sentenced, tortured, executed or disappeared after their return to China.

New “Strike Hard” campaign threatens Uyghur population in East Turkestan

August 17, 2011 by admin

A new “Strike Hard” campaign announced by regional authorities presages a brutal campaign of arrests and enforced disappearances in East Turkestan, as officials pledge to accelerate trials, step up criminal investigations, and conduct round-the-clock police patrols and street searches. The campaign follows the recent deployment of an elite counter-terrorism unit that is charged with carrying out “anti-terrorist missions” in Kashgar and Hotan. The Uyghur American Association (UAA) believes that Chinese officials are using the campaign as a pretext to clamp down on the broader Uyghur population and stamp out even the most peaceful forms of dissent and expressions of Uyghur identity.

WUC Strongly Condemns New Extradition of Uyghurs from Pakistan to China

August 15, 2011 by admin


The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent extradition of five ethnic Uyghurs, among them one woman and two children, from Pakistan to China where they will face harsh punishment. Uyghurs who have been extradited to China in the past, were detained, imprisoned, sentenced, tortured, executed or disappeared after their return to China.

World Uyghur Congress (WUC) Troubled by Witness Accounts on Hotan Incident

July 28, 2011 by admin


Based on several witness accounts, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has serious doubts about the official version of the incident in Hotan, East Turkestan. While the WUC unequivocally condemns all acts of violence, it urges the international community to view Chinese state media reports on the incident with extreme skepticism and caution since similar events in the past have proven that the Chinese government is systematically spreading false information and suppressing any information that contradicts its official narrative.

World Uyghur Congress (WUC) Facing DDoS Cyber Attacks, Electronic Spamming and Telephone Blockade Ahead of 5 July 2009 Anniversary

July 20, 2011 by admin


In the days preceding the 2nd anniversary of the events of 5 July 2009 in Urumqi, East Turkestan, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is facing severe cyber attacks, electronic spamming and telephone blockades originating in China.

Remembering the Protests of 5 July 2009 and Two Years of Impunity: ...

July 20, 2011 by admin

New Photo Material Reveals Crackdown on Demonstrations in Kashgar
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On 5 July 2009, Uyghurs in Urumqi, East Turkestan´s capital, staged a peaceful protest which was brutally suppressed by Chinese security forces and subsequently led to ethnic unrest in the city that left hundreds of people dead. On the second anniversary of these events, and despite international calls, no independent investigation into the incident has been allowed by the Chinese authorities and the number of people killed, detained, imprisoned, executed and disappeared remains unclear. The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns the Chinese authorities´ inaction and refusal to reveal the real circumstances of these tragic events in the strongest possible terms. Eyewitness accounts gathered by Amnesty International and other human rights organizations cast serious doubt on the official version of events.

New UHRP report: A city ruled by fear and silence: Urumchi, two years on

July 20, 2011 by admin

A new report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) examines the nature of post-July 5, 2009 detentions and criminal procedures in East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region or XUAR, in the People’s Republic of China). The report looks at the Chinese government’s portrayal of July 5, and contrasts this with information, including newly emerged videos and eyewitness testimonies, that contradicts the official depiction of events. It also examines the ways in which Chinese officials have responded to Uyghur calls for protection from the state, and the state’s active inflammation of ethnic tensions.

World Uyghur Congress Concerned About Fate of Extradited Uyghur Refugee Ershidin Israel and New Arrests in East Turkestan

July 8, 2011 by admin


Ershidin Israel, 38, a Uyghur refugee was extradited from Kazakhstan to China on 30 May 2011. By forcibly returning Israel to China, Kazakhstan violated two of its most binding commitments under international law, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention against Torture which both prohibit the return of any individual to a country where he or she faces a credible risk of torture, whether or not the person is a bona fide refugee. Since his deportation, Israel´s exact current whereabouts, legal status and well being are unknown. Chinese authorities only confirmed that he is in detention (probably in Urumqi) and that he is facing “terror charges.” The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns the deportation in the strongest possible terms and fears that Israel will disappear in China´s detention system which is known for its lack of transparency and fairness.

2nd Anniversary of the 5 July 2009 Events – Join the Protest Actions of the World Uyghur Congress!

July 4, 2011 by admin


The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and its member organizations will stage protest actions around the globe on July 5, 2011 and in the days surrounding July 5th to commemorate the second anniversary of one of the saddest and most tragic days in the history of the Uyghur people and of East Turkestan and to ensure that the world does not forget about the devastating plight of the Uyghur people. Demonstrations and other actions will take place in: Canada, Turkey, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Kazakhstan, Japan, UK, United States, India and Switzerland. A detailed action calendar can be downloaded here.

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