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SMHRIC: SMHRIC statement at the UN Forum on Minority Issues 12th Session in Geneva

SMHRIC statement at the UN Forum on Minority Issues 12th Session in Geneva

The following is the full statement of Enghebatu Togochog, Director of SMHRIC, at the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues 12th Session “Education, Language and Human Rights of Minorities” held in Geneva from November 28 to 29, 2019:

Madam Chair, distinguished members of the Forum,

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to bring to your attention the issues and problems faced by the six million Mongolians in China.

Designated as one of the 55 “national minorities” which later were depoliticized to “ethnic minorities”, the Mongolian people have been continually denied the most basic rights to their language, culture, education and traditional way of life, let alone political autonomy in the so-called “Autonomous Region”.

Madam chair, let me give you few concrete examples of how these rights are violated by the Government of China:

Starting 2001, the Chinese government implemented a number of policies including “ecological migration”, elimination of Mongolian schools at rural level and merger of Mongolian schools to Chinese schools. In the entire Mongolian area, the number of Mongolian student enrollment has dropped by 86% since 1980.

Today, for 210,000 Mongolian inhabitants of the regional capital, Hohhot, only 2 Mongolian elementary schools allow Mongolian as language of instruction.

In a recent case, the school authorities in Ulaanhad City banned Mongolian teachers and students from speaking in Mongolian in the campus; postal authorities are refusing to deliver letters and other items addressed in Mongolian even though Mongolian is said to be one of the two official languages in the Autonomous Region.

Mongolian students are denied the opportunity for employment and career development; In some cases, Chinese employers including some government agencies publicly stated in their employment requirement that “no candidate educated in Mongolian is considered”.

Mongolian writers and bloggers are often accused of “engaging in national separatism” and arrested, detained and imprisoned. This year alone, five writers and bloggers have been arrested under the accusation of “national separatism”. One of them, Mr. Lamjab Borjigin, author of “China’s Cultural Revolution”, was sentenced to one year in prison with a two-year reprieve on charges of “sabotaging ethnic harmony” and “engaging in national separatism”.

Madam chair, China is a signatory to a number of UN human rights conventions and treaties. Yet, the Government of China has continually denied any obligation to these conventions and treaties and continue to violate the basic human rights and fundamental freedoms of the Mongolian people.

Thank you, Madam chair!

Uyghur News (Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019)

Most links listed below can also be found at: http://uyghuremergency.org/

[*] US House passes Uyghur Act calling for tough sanctions on Beijing over Xinjiang camps
https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/03/politics/us-xinjiang-bill-trump-intl-hnk/index.html

[*] U.S. House Passes Xinjiang Bill, Prompting Threat From China
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-03/u-s-house-ramps-up-china-tensions-with-uighur-human-rights-bill

[*] Prominent Uyghur Activist Dies Days After Release From Xinjiang Internment Camp
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/death-12032019143134.html

[*] US Passes Uyghur Bill Demanding Sanctions Over Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang Camps
https://www.theepochtimes.com/us-passes-uyghur-bill-demanding-sanctions-over-human-rights-abuses-in-xinjiang-camps_3164334.html

[*] China Must Answer for Cultural Genocide in Court
https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/12/03/uighurs-xinjiang-china-cultural-genocide-international-criminal-court/

[*] China is using DNA samples to try to re-create the faces of Uighurs
https://www.technologyreview.com/f/614802/china-is-using-dna-samples-to-try-to-recreate-the-faces-of-uighurs/

[*] Anger in China as US House passes Uighur crackdown bill
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/12/courts-china-anger-house-passes-uighur-crackdown-bill-191204011217627.html

[*] Trump comments, Uighur bill hurt prospects of U.S.-China deal
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-xinjiang/u-s-house-debates-uighur-bill-demanding-sanctions-on-senior-chinese-officials-idUSKBN1Y72P6?il=0

[*] Uighur bill hurts chances of US-China deal
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6525182/uighur-bill-hurts-chances-of-us-china-deal/?cs=14232

Abdurehim Gheni Uyghur: Why do I protest against China’s regime persistently?

Why do I protest against China’s regime persistently at Amsterdam dam square ?

I have lost contact with all my family members in East Turkestan (so called Xinjiang) since 23rd May, 2017. I don’t know if they are alive, dead or in concentration camps or in prison. Although, I have tried by different means, I haven’t been able to reach them. Since 2014, China’s government have built up concentration camps in East Turkestan and locked up more than 3 million Uyghur and other Turkic nationals, these people have been being subjected to inhuman torture, humiliation, and death and becoming source of live organ trade. If I was in East Turkestan, I would be sent to one of these concentration camps, tortured, used for organ trade, even already died. I would be deprived of every basic human rights. God saved me from that. So that, to fulfill my obligation and duty to save my nation, I have protested against China’s regime on every weekend since 23rd, June, 2018 at Amsterdam dam square and become the voice of voiceless people and try to fulfill my duty.

Uyghur News (Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019)

Most links listed below can also be found at: http://uyghuremergency.org/

[*] The China Cables: Disrupting Beijing’s Xinjiang narrative
https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2019/11/china-cables-disrupting-beijing-xinjiang-narrative-191129215335412.html

[*] China is harassing journalists reporting on Uighurs. They cannot be stifled.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/china-is-harassing-journalists-reporting-on-uighurs-they-cannot-be-stifled/2019/12/01/18ada52c-1148-11ea-b0fc-62cc38411ebb_story.html

[*] US: China Targets Uighur Mosques to Eradicate Minority’s Faith
https://www.voanews.com/extremism-watch/us-china-targets-uighur-mosques-eradicate-minoritys-faith

[*] Uyghur petition aimed at Massey
https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1912/S00004/uyghur-petition-aimed-at-massey.htm

Uyghur News (Friday, Nov. 29, 2019)

Most links listed below can also be found at: http://uyghuremergency.org/

[*] The West can’t ignore China’s Xinjiang atrocities
https://nypost.com/2019/11/29/the-west-cant-ignore-chinas-xinjiang-atrocities/

[*] Why many in China support Beijing’s policies in Xinjiang and Hong Kong
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-30/why-many-in-china-support-beijings-xinjiang-and-hongkong-policy/11749148

[*] Huawei providing surveillance tech to China’s Xinjiang authorities, report finds
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-huawei-providing-surveillance-tech-to-chinas-xinjiang-authorities/

[*] Opinion: The U.S. should boycott Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-11-29/boycott-beijing-2022-olympics-uighurs-camps

[*] China has ‘a lot of spies’ in Ireland, activists claim
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/china-has-a-lot-of-spies-in-ireland-activists-claim-1.4097005

[*] The China Challenge Continues to Mount
https://nationalinterest.org/feature/china-challenge-continues-mount-100617

Uyghur News (Thursday, Nov.28, 2019)

Most links listed below can also be found at: http://uyghuremergency.org/

[*] TikTok’s owner is helping China’s campaign of repressing in Xinjiang, report finds
https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiEA5OUFnZnW-cat7frnyNXlgqGAgEKg8IACoHCAowjtSUCjC30XQwn6G5AQ?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen

[*] The Guardian view on China, Hong Kong and Xinjiang: will the truth hurt?
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/28/the-guardian-view-on-china-hong-kong-and-xinjiang-will-the-truth-hurt

[*] Western World Slams China for Abuses in Xinjiang
https://www.courthousenews.com/western-world-slams-china-for-abuses-in-xinjiang/

[*] US Teenager Vows to Continue to Advocate for Uighurs Despite Pressure
https://www.voanews.com/extremism-watch/us-teenager-vows-continue-advocate-uighurs-despite-pressure

[*] Uighur exile leader calls on Switzerland to curb China ties
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/uighur-exile-leader-calls-on-switzerland-to-curb-china-ties/45397286

Uyghur News (Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019)

Most links listed below can also be found at: http://uyghuremergency.org/

[*] What the Chinese are doing to the Uighurs in Xinjiang could become a model for elsewhere
https://www.newstatesman.com/world/2019/11/what-chinese-are-doing-uighurs-xinjiang-could-become-model-elsewhere

[*] France calls on China to end mass detentions in Xinjiang
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/france-calls-on-china-to-end-mass-detentions-in-xinjiang

[*] TikTok and Huawei complicit in censorship and surveillance in Xinjiang, report claims
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-28/tiktok-huawei-surveillance-censorship-in-xinjiang-china-report/11745494

[*] The Uyghur Emergency
https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/11/the-uyghur-emergency/

[*] No excuse for silence on China’s camps for Uighurs: exiled leader
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/excuse-silence-china-camps-uighurs-exiled-leader-191128011210301.html

[*] EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CAMPS IN CHINA, AS TOLD BY A TIKTOK BEAUTY TUTORIAL
http://www.mtv.com/news/3147409/uyghur-muslim-camps-china-tiktok-makeup-tutorial/

[*] This teen’s beauty tutorial is really a critique of China
https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2019/11/27/tiktok-muslim-uyghur-viral-orig.cnn

Uyghur News (Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019)

Most links listed below can also be found at: http://uyghuremergency.org/

[*] Huge leaks are exposing Xinjiang’s re-education camps. But don’t expect Beijing to back down
https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/26/asia/china-xinjiang-leaks-analysis-intl-hnk/index.html

[*] US teen’s TikTok video on Xinjiang goes viral
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-teen-s-tiktok-video-on-xinjiang-goes-viral-12130042

[*] US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hammers China on Hong Kong and Xinjiang
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3039487/us-secretary-state-hammers-china-hong-kong-and-xinjiang

[*] XINJIANG PAPERS THE MAN BEHIND THE DETENTION OF ONE MILLION MUSLIMS
https://macaudailytimes.com.mo/xinjiang-papers-the-man-behind-the-detention-of-one-million-muslims.html

[*] Pompeo: Leaks confirm China’s abuses in Xinjiang
https://www.reuters.com/video/watch/idP3y2?now=true

[*] U.S. Tech Companies Prop Up China’s Vast Surveillance Network
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-tech-companies-prop-up-chinas-vast-surveillance-network-11574786846

[*] Hong Kong and Xinjiang show what Xi Jinping wants to do to the whole world
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/hong-kong-and-xinjiang-show-what-xi-jinping-wants-to-do-to-the-whole-world

[*] China’s Uighur Crackdown Shows Fear and Insecurity
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-11-26/china-s-uighur-crackdown-shows-fear-and-insecurity

[*] MORE UYGHUR HORROR Harvesting Hundreds of Thousands of Organs from Mass Murder
https://bylinetimes.com/2019/11/26/more-uyghur-horror-harvesting-hundreds-of-thousands-of-organs-from-mass-murder/

[*] Zhu Hailun, the man behind China’s Uighur prison camps
https://www.france24.com/en/20191126-zhu-hailun-the-man-behind-china-s-uighur-prison-camps

[*] Devastating leaks have deprived China of its main strategy to deflect mounting evidence of its mass oppression of Uighur Muslims
https://www.businessinsider.com/china-uighurs-leaked-govt-cables-cant-deny-2019-11

[*] Manga depicting Uighur woman’s survival after torture goes viral
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/manga-depicting-uighur-woman-s-survival-after-torture-goes-viral

[*] Top Muslim Group Calls For U.S. Boycott Of 2022 Winter Olympics In Beijing
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/emgage-olympic-boycott-protest-china-uighur-treatment_n_5ddc8a78e4b0d50f3295852a

Uyghur News (Monday, Nov. 25, 2019)

Most links listed below can also be found at: http://uyghuremergency.org/

[*] Operating manual for Xinjiang’s massive re-education camps allegedly revealed in leaked Chinese documents
https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/25/asia/xinjiang-china-documents-icij-intl-hnk/index.html

[*] UK calls for UN access to Chinese detention camps in Xinjiang
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/25/uk-calls-for-un-access-chinese-detention-camps-xinjiang

[*] What Xi Jinping Learned—And Didn’t Learn—From His Father About Xinjiang
https://thediplomat.com/2019/11/what-xi-jinping-learned-and-didnt-learn-from-his-father-about-xinjiang/

[*] Watch: China Cables Exposes Chilling Details of Mass Detention in Xinjiang
https://www.icij.org/investigations/china-cables/watch-china-cables-exposes-chilling-details-of-mass-detention-in-xinjiang/

[*] Xi must be dismayed: Chinese leader fighting fires on all fronts
https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiELcEzTSsuOobZFPJvgLWkZwqGAgEKg8IACoHCAowjtSUCjC30XQwzqe5AQ?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen

[*] The man behind China’s detention of 1 million Muslims
https://nypost.com/2019/11/25/the-man-behind-chinas-detention-of-1-million-muslims/

[*] New leak reveals plight of inmates in Xinjiang camps
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/new-leak-reveals-plight-of-inmates-in-xinjiang-camps/866058.html

[*] Newly Leaked Official Chinese Documents Include Operating Manual For Xinjiang Internment Camps
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/document-11252019164702.html

[*] Meet Abduweli Ayup, the host of the @AsiaLangsOnline Twitter account for Nov 26 – Dec 2, 2019
https://rising.globalvoices.org/blog/2019/11/25/meet-abduweli-ayup-the-host-of-the-asialangsonline-twitter-account-for-nov-26-dec-2-2019/

[*] Operating manual for China’s detention camps allegedly leaked
https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2019/11/25/xinjiang-camps-china-leak-uyghurs-detention-centers-beijing-icij-intl-ldn-vpx.cnn

[*] ‘What has happened to me’: manga depicting Uighur torture hits 2.5m views
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/26/what-has-happened-to-me-manga-depicting-uighur-torture-hits-25m-views

[*] Xi Jinping has had a highly embarrassing week that undermined China’s power in the world. Here’s why he probably doesn’t care.
https://www.businessinsider.com/china-uighur-hong-kong-bill-tuvalu-embarrassed-but-wont-change-2019-11

[*] Concerns grow over China’s treatment of Uighurs | The China Cables
https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1648927811890

Uyghur News (Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019)

Most links listed below can also be found at: http://uyghuremergency.org/

[*] Expert Says 1.8 Million Uyghurs, Muslim Minorities Held in Xinjiang’s Internment Camps
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/detainees-11232019223242.html

[*] The China Cables: The dystopian reality of Uyghurs in Xinjiang
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/worldtoday/the-china-cables:-the-dystopian-reality-of-uyghurs-in-xinjiang/11734576

[*] Chinese leaks confirm Australians flagged for detention in Xinjiang
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/am/chinese-leaks-confirm-australians-flagged-for-detention-xinjiang/11733814

[*] Operating manual for Xinjiang’s massive re-education camps allegedly revealed in leaked Chinese documents
https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/41366490/operating-manual-for-xinjiangs-massive-re-education-camps-allegedly-revealed-in-leaked-chinese-documents

[*] Uighur man’s 10-year sentence shows harsh reality of Chinese repression
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/24/china-cables-uighur-man-10-year-sentence-shows-harsh-reality-of-chinese-repression

[*] China must be held to account for brutal treatment of Uighurs
https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/china-must-be-held-to-account-for-brutal-treatment-of-uighurs-1.4093496

[*] ‘No Escapes:’ Leaked Memos Reveal China’s Manual for Mass Detention of Uighur Muslims
https://www.thedailybeast.com/china-leaked-memos-reveal-operating-manual-for-mass-detention-of-uighur-muslims

[*] Mass surveillance system flags Uighurs for detention camps
http://www.thepiercecountytribune.com/page/content.detail/id/2560780/Mass-surveillance-system-flags-Uighurs-for-detention-camps-.html?isap=1&nav=5040