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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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IFC Statement on Chinese State Suppression of Uyghur Environmental Activism

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 in News, Publications, Uyghur | Comments Off on IFC Statement on Chinese State Suppression of Uyghur Environmental Activism

IFC applauds the Uyghur Human Rights Project’s newly released research report, “Without land, There Is No Life: Chinese state suppression of Uyghur environmental activism,” which has documented in details how the Chinese government policy destroyed the Uyghur people’s way of life and their environment for survival. IFC is shocked to learn the magnitude of the environmental damages done in the region where the Uyghur people reside, particularly the negative health consequences caused by China’s nuclear weapon tests and subcritical nuclear tests, including high levels of cancer of the Uyghur people who lived close to the test sites, as well as the irreversible contamination of their land. Additionally, IFC is alarmed that the Chinese government completely ignored Uyghurs’ traditional methods for a sustainable agricultural activity in the region, but allowed the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps to ruin the limited water source by...

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IFC Statement on the Uyghur Hunger Strike at Thai Immigration Detention Facility

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Uyghur | Comments Off on IFC Statement on the Uyghur Hunger Strike at Thai Immigration Detention Facility

Initiatives for China has serious concerns for the well being of the imprisoned Uyghur refugees who have been on a hunger strike for six days in a Thai immigration detention facility. Initiatives for China is calling for international attention to the grave issue of Uyghur refugees in Thailand. The hunger strike started on May 31, 2016 with the initial 15 Uyghur refugees growing to 31 as of today. The Uyghurs, who are involved in this hunger strike, have been held at the detention facility for over two years. For the past two years, 173 of the refugees were able to board a chartered flight to Turkey, while 109 were forcibly returned to the hands of the Chinese Government. There are about 70 Uyghur refugees being held in several detention facilities across Bangkok today. According to World Uyghur Congress, the...

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UNPO Recognises Dr Jianli Yang’s Efforts for Minorities and Oppressed Groups in China

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 in Hong Kong, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Macao, Mongolia, News, Religious Freedom, Taiwan, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on UNPO Recognises Dr Jianli Yang’s Efforts for Minorities and Oppressed Groups in China

Photo courtesy of United States Mission Geneva The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is delighted to praise Dr Jianli Yang, Chinese dissident and human rights activist for over 25 years, for his significant efforts to bring together different ethnic, religious and political groups from the territory of the People’s Republic of China and in getting them to work together to promote their common goals. UNPO commends his commitment to the non-violent struggle for human rights and democracy. For the past quarter of a century, Mr Yang has seen as his mission to facilitate a peaceful transition of the PRC to the respect of human rights, genuine rule of law, and democratic governance for all. He believes that such a transition can only be achieved by the peoples themselves, through united efforts but also thanks to the support of the...

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Xi’s Washington Visit Crashed by Unwelcome Guest

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 in International Relations, News, Uyghur | Comments Off on Xi’s Washington Visit Crashed by Unwelcome Guest

MARCH 31, 2016 6:00 AM EST By Eli Lake & Josh Rogin Just ahead of Thursday’s meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Beijing is protesting a U.S. decision to allow one of his state’s highest-profile victims into the country. At issue is an award ceremony. On Wednesday, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington presented an honor to Dolkun Isa, the head of the World Uighur Congress, for his work advocating the rights of the millions of Muslim Uighurs living in western China. Ahead of the event, China’s foreign ministry issued a formal protest, or demarche, to the State Department for allowing Isa, who lives in exile in Germany, to attend the ceremony. While the U.S. government has nothing to do with Isa’s organization or the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, the Chinese...

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SOME QUESTIONS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ASK PRESIDENT XI

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 in International Relations, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on SOME QUESTIONS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ASK PRESIDENT XI

YANG Jianli   TENG Biao This week, China’s President Xi, in Washington for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Summit, will also meet on the side with President Obama. Obama continues to visibly rely on Xi’s professed commitments to the U.S., ranging from explicit to implicit, on an array of issues: carbon emission reduction, anti-nuclear proliferation, policing commercial hackers, and U.N. Security Council effort to stop ISIS, among others. While monitoring how Xi fulfills his commitments, and whether he can be trusted to do so in the future, Obama would  do well to remember a reliable indicator. History teaches us that, when a dictator betrays the rights guaranteed the people by his nation’s own laws and constitution, his international agreements and commitment also are untrustworthy. In the 20th Century, we learned that lesson well. So it behoves Obama to press Xi about how...

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China Whitewashes the Historical and Current Political Reality of the Uyghur People in its 60th Anniversary White Paper on East Turkestan

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 in News, Uyghur | Comments Off on China Whitewashes the Historical and Current Political Reality of the Uyghur People in its 60th Anniversary White Paper on East Turkestan

  China Whitewashes the Historical and Current  Political Reality of the Uyghur People in its  60th Anniversary White Paper on East Turkestan Press Release – For immediate release 30 September 2015 Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org 0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org October 1, 2015 marks the 66th anniversary of the annexation of an independent East Turkestan Republic (ETR) by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the 60th founding anniversary of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will celebrate the anniversaries with great fanfare and proclaim once again that “Xinjiang” has been a part of China since ancient times. This claim is based on a misleading reading of history and the Chinese authorities do not acknowledge that the current borders of PRC are a succession of the Manchu Qing Empire. In short, East Turkestan, much like Tibet, would not be a part...

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