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UN experts urge China to prevent discrimination against Tibetans, Uyghurs and other ethnic groups

Posted on Aug 31, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, News, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on UN experts urge China to prevent discrimination against Tibetans, Uyghurs and other ethnic groups

Geneva – United Nations experts on racial discrimination today urged the Chinese government to review policies and laws that discriminate against Tibetans, Uyghurs and Mongols. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination made this recommendation in its concluding observations from its review of China at a hearing last month in Geneva. The committee issued a number of recommendations while highlighting torture and ill-treatment against ethnic groups, the use of anti-terror and anti-separatism laws to stifle dissent and the diminishing space for civil society in China. The committee also issued detailed recommendations with regard to the human rights of Mongols, Tibetans and Uyghurs. The committee said that it is “concerned by reports that Tibetans are subjected to significant restrictions on movement within and beyond Tibet Autonomous Region, and that the issuance of passports for foreign travel is almost...

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A Call for a UN Investigation, and US Sanctions, on the Human Rights Disaster Unfolding in Xinjiang

Posted on Aug 12, 2018 in News, Publications, Uyghur | Comments Off on A Call for a UN Investigation, and US Sanctions, on the Human Rights Disaster Unfolding in Xinjiang

A Call for a UN Investigation, and US Sanctions, on the Human Rights Disaster Unfolding in Xinjiang August 10, 2018   It is now clear, from numerous reliable sources, that shocking human rights atrocities are being perpetrated in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China (XUAR). The Communist Party authorities have established a large number of political re-education centers in Xinjiang, detaining people without any judicial process, stripping them of their personal liberty, imprisoning them, and detaining them for indeterminate ‘sentences.’ Estimates of the numbers detained range from hundreds of thousands to over a million, primarily targeting Uighurs, but also Kazakhs, Hui people, and other minorities who follow Islam. Among those detainees are peasants, workers, university, college, high-school and middle-school students, teachers, poets, writers, artists, scholars, the head of a provincial department, bureau chiefs, village chiefs, and even Uighur...

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CP/IFC Statement on Uyghur Human Rights Activist’s Dolkun Isa Detention by Italian Authorities

Posted on Aug 1, 2017 in News, Publications, Uyghur | Comments Off on CP/IFC Statement on Uyghur Human Rights Activist’s Dolkun Isa Detention by Italian Authorities

August 1, 2017 We are deeply troubled and highly alarmed at the news that the General Secretary of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa, was detained on July 26th by plainclothes policemen of the Divisione Investigazioni Generali e Operazioni Speciali (DIGOS). Isa had been walking with colleagues to the Italian Senate to deliver a speech at a press conference on the worsening human rights situation in the Uyghur region under China’s rule. A similar incident occurred in April when Mr. Isa was removed from a United Nations forum in New York by security guards without explanation and was later denied participation in the forum, which was organized by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), and to which Mr. Isa had duly registered. We strongly condemn the Chinese regime for its trans-border repression of human rights...

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Open Letter to G20 Leaders on Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Publications, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Open Letter to G20 Leaders on Liu Xiaobo

Open Letter to G20 Leaders on Liu Xiaobo 4 July 2017 To: Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina; Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia; Michel Temer, President of Brazil; Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany; Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia; Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister of Italy; Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan; Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico; Vladimir Putin, President of Russia; Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia; Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa; Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea; Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey; Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Donald Trump, President of the United States of America; Donald Tusk, President of the European Council; Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission cc Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of The Netherlands; Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain. We are shocked and outraged at the news that Liu Xiaobo, an innocent human rights...

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A Statement of Solidarity from a Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, and Chinese Activist

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on A Statement of Solidarity from a Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, and Chinese Activist

A Statement of Solidarity from   a Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, and Chinese Activist Press Contact: Dorjee Tseten: [Tibetan, English] +91 9882511636 Yang Jianli: [Chinese, English]+1 (857)472-9039 Dolkun Isa (Rebiya Kadeer contact): [Uyghur, German, English] +49 89 54321999 Enghebatu Togochog: [Mongolian, English] +1 (917) 698-4367   10 December 2016 In 2016, for those under China’s rule, freedoms have continued on a steep downward spiral. 2016 has been a year of tumultuous, global social injustices and human rights violations. From Syria to Brazil, Russia to Burundi, governments around the world have openly broken fundamental, international laws that exist to protect the freedoms of people around the world, and give them justice. For those living under China’s rule human rights conditions have continued on a steep downward spiral. Human rights defenders in China remain casualties of the State’s aggressive campaign against...

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The Story of a Uyghur Freedom Fighter in a Journalistic Career

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 in News, No Category, Op Ed, Uyghur | Comments Off on The Story of a Uyghur Freedom Fighter in a Journalistic Career

by Ayesha   Dear everyone, I would like to share with you a simple but impressive story of a Uyghur lady in exile, who has been fighting with a dragon, the Chinese government, using her broadcasting profession as a weapon. Her name is Gulchehra Abduqeyum Hoja and her people used to call her Gul, which means flower. She is very well known to the Uyghurs because of her unique style in TV programs back home as well as in the Radio Free Asia (RFA) based in Washington, DC, USA. Let’s get to know her a little bit more through her past.   Gul was born in Urumchi, the regional capital of East Turkistan, which is currently called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, to the family of a recognized Uyghur intellectual. She was a precious gift to this family because her...

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Ilham Tohti listed as one of the 2016 Sakharov Prize Nominees.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 in News, Uyghur | Comments Off on Ilham Tohti listed as one of the 2016 Sakharov Prize Nominees.

Sakharov Prize 2016: nominees revealed http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/20160909STO41754/sakharov-prize-2016-nominees-revealed Journalist Can Dündar and fellow defenders of freedom of thought and expression in Turkey, the Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzemilev, the Yazidi survivors and public advocates Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar as well as Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti are this year’s nominees for the Sakharov Prize. The Parliament awards the Sakharov Prize every year to honour exceptional individuals and organizations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. The laureate is selected in late October. The nominees for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought are: Can Dündar Can Dündarn the former editor-in-chief of Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, was arrested last November after his newspaper reported on Turkey’s intelligence service smuggling arms to rebels in Syria. He was later sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison for “revealing state secrets”, survived an...

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