‘Reaching Beyond Borders to Persecute Uyghurs’: World Uyghur Congress Slams China

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Citing the arrest of 6 prominent Uyghur figures in Turkiye, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), a global Uyghur rights body raised concerns over China’s repeated violation of human rights and repression of the Uyghur community. The WUC cited media reports while slamming China on the attempts to prosecute its community members.
“The recent arrests made in Turkiye exemplify China’s diverse methods of carrying out transnational repression against Uyghurs in the diaspora. From my own experience, I can say that China’s long arm reaches far beyond its borders and it can easily do so, as the CCP has not been held accountable for its actions,” said World Uyghur Congress President Dolkun Isa.
The World Uyghur Congress expressed concern and raised caution regarding China’s transnational repression against Uyghurs.
“The Chinese government’s expanding reach beyond its borders poses a growing danger to Uyghurs worldwide and threatens their fundamental rights. Furthermore, this violates domestic and international law, as well as state sovereignty,” the statement said.
The WUC statement further noted that CCP targets Uyghur human rights defenders, journalists, political activists and regular members of the diaspora, through the “use of physical attacks, such as assault, kidnappings, unlawful deportations and digital attacks such as espionage, cyber-attacks and online and telephonic harassment or blackmailing, to try to force Uyghurs into silence.”
The WUC press statement stated that around 50,000 people from the Uyghur community live in Turkiye and are vulnerable to Chinese state coercion.
Quoting a report of SafeGuard Defenders WUC, it said that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had established a transnational network in Turkiye for spying on Uyghurs involved in the state police and Neighbourhood Working Groups.
The Chinese police coerce Uyghur individuals into serving as informants, remaining silent on the Uyghur genocide, or participating in pro-China propaganda efforts, the report claimed.
Elaborating upon CCP’s spying methods further, the WUC stated that the Chinese government through proxies, including defamation and disinformation campaigns against prominent Uyghur leaders, activists and organisations who are at particular risk.

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