Pages Navigation Menu

Advancing a peaceful transition to democracy in China through truth, understanding, citizen power, & cooperative action

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

9 NGOs Letter to President Obama on Xi’s Visit

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 in Highlights, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Tibet, Uyghur, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on 9 NGOs Letter to President Obama on Xi’s Visit

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500   Dear President Obama, We write regarding the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 24-25, 2015.  Our organizations have worked to help promote and defend human rights in China for decades, and are deeply concerned by the significant erosions to rights during President Xi’s tenure. We appreciate your administration’s expressions of concern about the deteriorating human rights environment in China.  Yet we believe that in light of the high-level reception that will be given President Xi, whose leadership is responsible for this human rights crisis, inviting representatives of China’s persecuted rights advocates to the White House continues to be essential and appropriate. One of the primary targets of the Chinese government’s hostility is also one of the country’s greatest human rights success stories...

Read More

Joint Open Letter to International Olympic Committee regarding Beijing’s bid for the Winter Olympics 2022

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, No Category, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Joint Open Letter to International Olympic Committee regarding Beijing’s bid for the Winter Olympics 2022

As Tibetans, Uyghurs, Southern Mongolians and Han Chinese we join together to urge you, International Olympic Committee members, not to award another Olympic Games to China. All of the people we represent have suffered as a result of the Chinese government’s contempt for human rights. We hope that you are aware by now that the 2008 Beijing Games did nothing to alleviate human rights abuses in China or enhance freedom. In fact the situation now in 2015 is far worse than when those Games were awarded in 2001. In the past 12 months alone the Chinese government has unleashed a harsh crackdown on human rights defenders in China itself, most recently arresting hundreds of human rights lawyers; [1] in East Turkestan (Ch: Xinjiang), where the majority population of Uyghurs practice Islam, there has been a ban on participation in...

Read More

The WUC Commemorates the 6th Anniversary of Urumqi Unrest and Plans Protest Actions

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Uyghur | Comments Off on The WUC Commemorates the 6th Anniversary of Urumqi Unrest and Plans Protest Actions

The WUC Commemorates the 6th Anniversary of Urumqi Unrest and Plans Protest Actions Press Release – For immediate release 2 July 2015 Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org 0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org On the occasion of the upcoming 6th anniversary of the tragic events taking place in Urumqi in early July, 2009, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) calls on the international community to take immediate and genuine steps to address consistent and growing repression of the Uyghur people. Six years later, Uyghurs find themselves in much of the same situation in East Turkestan – state violence, harsh repression, religious and cultural intolerance and strict controls on movement remain a ubiquitous part of Uyghur life today. On July 5th, 2009, what started as a peaceful protest in response to government inaction over the deaths of Uyghur factory workers in Shaoguan days earlier quickly turned violent as state security...

Read More