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Kathy Polias
01-03-10, 16:59
Hello everyone:

I hope you are well. This is Kathy Polias from the Uyghur American Association (www.uyghuramerican.org) writing again.

The following e-mail/letter/petition action is for individuals who live in the United States. A regular meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva began today -- March 1st -- and will continue until March 26th. (The UN HRC has three regular meetings each year.) On March 15th, the general debate on Item 4 (“Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention”) of the meeting agenda will be held. During this general debate, the HRC’s member States and observer States have the opportunity to take the floor and raise human rights situations of concern. During the general debate on Item 4 at the last Human Rights Council meeting in September 2009, the United States raised the issue of the July 2009 incidents in Urumchi and the aftermath. The United States said, “We followed closely the recent disturbances in China’s Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region and last year’s unrest in Tibetan areas. We urge the Chinese authorities, as they work to maintain order, to respect the safety and legal rights of all of China’s citizens and to make efforts to find a solution to legitimate grievances.” See http://geneva.usmission.gov/2009/09/22/item-4-general-debate-2/ .

We are very grateful to the United States for raising these issues last September. We need to urge the U.S. to raise them again at the general debate on Item 4 on March 15th during the current session of the UN Human Rights Council, particularly since there have been many major, disturbing developments in the Uyghurs’ human rights situation since September 2009. The point of this e-mail/letter/petition action is to ask the U.S. to raise these issues again.

We have set up a petition at http://www.gopetition.com/online/34381.html addressed to the following US officials making this request: Ambassador Betty E. King, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva; and Mr. Douglas Griffiths, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva. If you live in the United States, please consider signing the petition. The petition is set up so that signatures will NOT be displayed online/publicly displayed.

Below and attached is also letter/message for individuals in the United States to e-mail and fax to Ambassador King and Deputy Permanent Representative Griffiths.

Please take action immediately, as the general debate on Item 4 is only two weeks away. Thank you so much.

E-MAILING THE MESSAGE POSTED BELOW

Please copy the message to Ambassador King and Deputy Permanent Representative Griffiths and paste it into an e-mail. Please type your name, city, and country (United States of America) at the bottom of the message, and e-mail it to Ambassador King and DPR Griffiths at: usa@ties.itu.int.

Here are some suggestions for what to type in the subject line/heading:

(1) Please raise the Uyghurs’ plight during the general debate on Item 4
(2) Please give a voice to the Uyghur people during the general debate on Item 4
(3) Please draw attention to the Uyghurs’ suffering during the general debate on Item 4

FAXING THE ATTACHED LETTER

The letter is also attached to this posting as a pdf file. Please print it out and sign it. Then fax it to Ambassador King and DPR Griffiths at this fax number: 011-41-22-749-4880. If you include a cover sheet with your fax, please indicate your city, state, and country on the cover sheet.

Best wishes,
Kathy

Kathy Polias
United Nations Liaison/Communications Specialist
Uyghur American Association
Cell phone number: 347-285-6546
E-mail: kpolias@uyghuramerican.org
Mailing address and facsimile: 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 300,
Washington, DC 20006, Fax No: (202) 349-1491
Website: www.uyghuramerican.org
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Dear Ambassador King and Deputy Permanent Representative Griffiths:

I respectfully request that during the general debate on Item 4 (“Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention”) at the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in March 2010, the United States discuss the grave and egregious human rights violations that the Chinese government committed during – and has committed in the aftermath of – the peaceful Uyghur protest and the ethnic unrest that occurred in July 2009 in Urumchi, the regional capital of East Turkestan [also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China].

I greatly appreciate the United States’ reference to the July 2009 incidents and the aftermath during the general debate on Item 4 at the September 2009 UN Human Rights Council meeting. The United States stated, “We followed closely the recent disturbances in China’s Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region and last year’s unrest in Tibetan areas. We urge the Chinese authorities, as they work to maintain order, to respect the safety and legal rights of all of China’s citizens and to make efforts to find a solution to legitimate grievances.” I ask the United States to raise these issues again at the March 2010 meeting, as the Uyghurs’ human rights situation continues to rapidly deteriorate and many major developments have occurred since the September 2009 meeting, including but not limited to the arbitrary sentencing of at least 24 Uyghurs to death, the arbitrary execution of at least 8 of these Uyghurs, and the release of a report by Human Rights Watch on the enforced disappearances of many young Uyghur men and boys. The Uyghurs continue to desperately need the help of the United States.

I hope that the United States will use the general debate on Item 4 at the Human Rights Council meeting in March 2010 as an opportunity to raise one or more of the following issues regarding the Uyghurs:

• The Chinese authorities brutally suppressed a peaceful Uyghur protest on July 5, 2009. Numerous witness accounts reported in the media and provided to Uyghur organizations abroad indicated that security forces committed extrajudicial killings of protesters.

• The authorities have detained thousands of people in connection with the July 2009 events and arrested many of these people during mass detentions, including mass roundups of young Uyghur men. The authorities have subjected an untold number of Uyghurs to enforced disappearances. Human Rights Watch documented the enforced disappearances of 43 young Uyghur men and boys who were detained in large-scale sweeps and in targeted raids, but noted that the number of disappeared is likely significantly higher than 43. In fact, Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said, “The cases we documented are likely just the tip of the iceberg.”

• The authorities have ensured that defendants prosecuted in connection with the July 2009 events have been denied due process and the right to legal representation of their choice. The authorities’ actions in this regard have included: giving prosecutors and judges special instructions on how to handle the July 5th cases; hand-picking the judicial personnel assigned to the trials according to political criteria; warning human rights lawyers against taking protest-related cases; and making public statements that have put political pressure on courts to mete out death sentences and other severe sentences.

• The Intermediate People’s Court of Urumchi has arbitrarily sentenced at least 24 Uyghurs to death and at least 8 Uyghurs to death with a two-year reprieve, for murder or other crimes allegedly committed during the July 2009 events. In addition, many Uyghurs have been arbitrarily sentenced to life imprisonment and varying jail terms. All of the Uyghurs sentenced thus far were sentenced after non-transparent trials plagued with the aforementioned politicization and lack of due process. The appellate courts have upheld all of the sentences on which they have rendered decisions thus far and have done so after non-transparent reviews. At least 8 of the Uyghurs sentenced to death were arbitrarily executed less than four weeks after they were sentenced.

• The authorities have conflated peaceful protest on July 5th with rioting, which is consistent with the government’s routine criminalization of Uyghurs’ peaceful exercise of freedom of expression. Official statements and state media reports have suggested that some acts of peaceful protest would be formally subjected to criminal prosecution. An XUAR official acknowledged that the authorities were holding in custody people who had protested peacefully on July 5th.

• The authorities have implemented an information blackout in the region since July 2009, which among other things, has denied East Turkestan residents internet and e-mail access and international phone calling and text messaging capabilities.

Furthermore, I respectfully request that during the general debate on Item 4 at the Human Rights Council meeting in March 2010, the United States call on China to take one or more of the following actions:

• Ensure that those accused of crimes related to the events of July 2009 are afforded due process, tried in an open and fair court, and given access to legal representation of their choice;

• Impose a moratorium on executions and on the imposition of death sentences;

• Immediately and unconditionally release all those who are only alleged to have protested peacefully on July 5th;

• End arbitrary detentions and provide a full account of all of the detentions that have been carried out since July 5th, inform family members of detainees’ whereabouts, and release detainees who have been held without evidence;

• Allow foreign media independent, unrestricted access to conduct reporting throughout East Turkestan and to report on trials of defendants accused of crimes related to the July 2009 events;

• Allow an independent investigation into the July 2009 incidents and invite the UN Secretary-General, the High Commissioner of Human Rights, and various Special Rapporteurs and Independent Experts to visit East Turkestan;

• Immediately restore complete internet/e-mail access and international phone calling/text messaging capabilities in East Turkestan;

• Address the root causes of the July 5th protest and the ethnic unrest, including the severe political and religious repression and economic discrimination to which Uyghurs are subjected and the dilution of Uyghurs’ language and culture.

Thank you for your time and attention to these urgent matters.

Sincerely,

Unregistered
02-03-10, 06:20
The US is powerful country but regretly the nature of the world is that the stronger has always find trouble of Weakers.

The US can capture people and lebel them as terorrist, but when they realized that they captured wrong person then
just ignore them.
The bahavior of US government is always like some one who is not cleaning his ass and smelly !

uyghersuccess
03-03-10, 00:11
I support it!

Unregistered
05-03-10, 22:40
Seems like u are not happy. At least the US will not like China, who arrest and kill people as they want and then label them as terrorsit. Welcome to crtisize after you clean your smelly mouth and ass.


The US is powerful country but regretly the nature of the world is that the stronger has always find trouble of Weakers.

The US can capture people and lebel them as terorrist, but when they realized that they captured wrong person then
just ignore them.
The bahavior of US government is always like some one who is not cleaning his ass and smelly !