Sept 30, 2022
Swedish PEN announced that it would be giving Uyghur writer Parhat Tursun the Tucholsky prize, named after the German writer Kurt Tucholsky who fled Nazi Germany for Sweden. It is awarded annually to a persecuted or exiled writer, with previous recipients including Salman Rushdie and Belarusian Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich.
Sept 27, 2022
In response to a report that warned of potential crimes against humanity, the United States on Monday requested that the UN Human Rights Council discuss the issue of rights breaches in the so-called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (that Uyghurs call East Turkistan).
United States submitted the first-ever draft resolution to the highest UN rights body with a China-specific mandate, requesting it to ‘conduct a debate on the situation of human rights in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’ during the meeting of the council.
Sept 22, 2022
By Tahir Imin Uyghurian
“The former High Commissioner for Human Rights briefed us about the situation of the Uighurs in Xinjiang a few weeks ago. China should implement the High Commissioner’s recommendations. That would be a sign of sovereignty and strength and a guarantee of change for the better.”
Sept 22, 2022
On Monday, September 19, a group of Uyghur camp survivors started a hunger strike in front of the White House in Washington DC in
solidarity with Uyghurs starving in the Chinese-occupied East Turkistan
due to China’s zero covid policies. The protesters want to draw
attention to the Uyghur genocide and call for the United Nations to
introduce a resolution on Uyghur human rights. They ask the United
States to hold China accountable for the Uyghur genocide as the world
leaders gather for a UN summit in New York.
Western nations at UNHRC indecisive about establishing commission to investigate China’s human right
Sept 21, 2022
states are calculating whether to call for an independent commission to
investigate human rights abuses against the Uyghurs by China, the Guardian reports. If established, it would test the amount of Chinese influence at the UN.
The previous UN human rights commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, issued a
report on Human rights abuses against the Uyghurs on Aug 31st – her last
day in the office.