Chinese government threatens and intimidates World Uyghur Congress

World Uyghur Congress  president Dolkun Isa. PHOTO BY: WORLD UYGHUR CONGRESS

17:31 January 13, 2020

In an effort to undermine the work of the World Uyghur Congress and to slow the growing momentum to release the 1-3 million innocent Uyghurs held in internment camps by the Chinese government and ensure human rights for Uyghurs, the Chinese government has increasingly been attacking the WUC. These have escalated into veiled threats and potentially more serious efforts to intimidate and threaten WUC staff.

Since December 2019, the Chinese government has published at least four articles spreading disinformation and lies about the work of the World Uyghur Congress and directly attacking and defaming the WUC and WUC President Dolkun Isa. This marks a notable escalation in the Chinese government’s attempts to hinder the work of the WUC and has raised concerns about the safety of WUC staff and their families.