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World Uyghur Congress Attends the UN Human Rights Council 36th Session

October 10, 2017 by admin

In September 2017, representatives from the World Uyghur Congress attended the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

The World Uyghur Congress has been active in working with other NGOs, UN officials and the Permanent Missions to the UN to raise the numerous human rights violations being committed against the Uyghur people and to discuss ways that the situation could be improved.

As part of the WUC’s activities in Geneva the General Secretary, Dolkun Isa, spoke at two side-events of the Human Rights Council. The first event, co-organized by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO), the Society for Threatened People and the Tibet Justice Centre sought to address “UN Participation Challenges”. Dolkun Isa spoke about the challenges that human rights defenders and activists seeking to address human rights violations in China routinely face when trying to raise these issues in the UN. He then shared his own experiences of repeated harassment by Chinese officials and attempts to stop him from speaking at the UN and other international forums.

Dolkun Isa also represented the WUC in a side event entitled “Freedom of Religion or Belief in 2017: A Dream for Unrepresented Nations and Peoples” , which was co-organized by UNPO and the Nonviolent Radical Party. Isa spoke about the religious persecution being perpetrated against the Uyghur people by the Chinese government and the ever-tightening restrictions on their Freedom of Religion. The situation has been getting worse in recent years, with the state passing new legislation that will give the Chinese government effective control over almost every aspect of religious practice.

The WUC met with a number of Pernament Missions and UN Officials, including the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst and the Special Rapporteur for Minority Issues, Dr. Fernand de Varennes. The WUC also worked with the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty, to make an Oral Statement during Item 4 of the General Debate on the situation of the Uyghur students detained in Egypt.

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