On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, Uyghur Canadian Society (UCS) participated to the Parliamentary Event in Ottawa on September9th 2013. Please note below statement prepared by WUC (World Uyghur Congress) which was partially mentioned during the presentation in Ottawa by UCS. Photo pictures from event to follow....
WUC (World Uyghur Congress) called on the international community to urge the People's Republic of
China (PRC) to respect and abide by the core principles enshrined in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as it prepares to take its seat on the UN Human
Rights Council (HRC). The UCS also calls on President Xi Jinping to use this
occasion to ensure that he be the first President of the PRC to fully embrace the
UDHR, as well as the PRC's national constitution, especially as it applies to
the protection of Uyghurs' basic human rights.
Since 1950, the international community has annually commemorated the UDHR on 10
December, following its recognition by the UN General Assembly as the International
Human Rights Day. Its raison d'etre, or justification for existence, has since
been to in status quo;bring to the attention of the peoples of the world; the
[Declaration] as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all
nations. To this day, the UDHR uniquely acts as the universally-recognised
benchmark for the protection of human rights, including freedom of speech, religious
belief and expression.
However, the realisation of the UDHR remains a desperate dream for the Uyghur
people. Despite the PRC's adoption of the UDHR in 1948, the PRC continues to
engage in egregious, widespread human rights violations. Sixty five long years have
passed since the UDHR's inception, and the PRC remains adamantly opposed to
improving its appalling human rights track record.
As the WUC (World Uyghur Congress), governments, civil society and innumerable media organisations have
widely reported, 2013 remains one of the most repressive in recent years. The WUC
has documented a wave of cases of arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and
extra-judicial killings during the past year, for which countless questions still
remain unanswered. Still further, millions of Uyghurs have been completely deprived
of their constitutionally-protected freedoms of speech and religious expression.
The rights enshrined in the UDHR are so intrinsic that Uyghurs should not
even have to demand that they receive them; yet Uyghurs remain desperately wanting,
indeed needing, the protections guaranteed in the UDHR in the face of an unrelenting
escalation of human rights violations in 2013, committed with impunity by the very
government who agreed to protect them,; said WUC President and prominent
Uyghur human rights activist Ms Rebiya Kadeer.
The WUC urges governments, and their respective constituents, around the world to
use this window of opportunity, International Human Rights Day, to pressure the
Chinese Government to ease its ongoing repression of Uyghurs, and continue to
monitor the Chinese government's egregious human rights violations.
Finally, amidst mounting repression of the Uyghur people by the Chinese government,
the WUC demands that the Chinese leadership cease from engaging in further torture,
detention, disenfranchisement, demonisation and extrajudicial killing of Uyghurs in
accordance with the guiding principles of the UDHR.
Participants of the Parliamentary hearing event
Pictures from the Parliamentary Hearing event which took place on December 9th 2013
UCS President together with Hon.David Sweet, head of the Committee on Human Rights, MP from the Conservative Party
UCS President with Hon.Uppal, Sitting Cabinet Minister responsible for Multiculturialism