Congresso mondiale Uiguri: Terza assemblea in Washington

L’Associazione americana Uiguri è lieta di annunciare la riunione della terza assemblea generale del Congresso mondiale Uiguri che si terrà a Washington DC, Usa,  da giovedì 21 maggio 2009, a lunedì 25 maggio 2009.  Sempre a Washington, Il Congresso mondiale Uiguri, in collaborazione con il Fondo Nazionale per la Democrazia (NED) e con l’Organizzazione delle Nazioni e dei Popoli Non Rappresentati (UNPO) terrà una conferenza sui diritti umani focalizzata sulla situazione del Turkestan orientale intitolata: “Turkestan orientale: 60 anni sotto il dominio del comunismo cinese. ”

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On behalf of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), the Uyghur American Association would like to announce the convening of the Third General Assembly of the WUC in Washington, DC from Thursday, May 21 to Monday, May 25. Also in Washington, DC, the WUC, in conjunction with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO), will host a seminal human rights conference focused on East Turkestan entitled East Turkestan: 60 Years under Communist Chinese Rule, from Monday, May 18 to Thursday, May 19.

During the week beginning Monday, May 18, officially designated by the WUC as “Uyghur Week”, WUC delegates, Uyghur human right activists, government officials, legislators and academics from the U.S. and from countries around the world will attend these two important events.

Ms. Rebiya Kadeer, Uyghur democracy leader and WUC president , said “Uyghur Week in Washington, DC is a milestone for the Uyghur people as they aspire for human rights, democracy and freedom in East Turkestan. The opening of the World Uyghur Congress Third General Assembly at the U.S. Capitol has profound historical significance and symbolism; Uyghurs across the world look to the United States and its representatives as leaders in the struggle against tyranny and repression. Accordingly, members of the U.S. Senate and House,  as well as dignitaries, prominent human rights defenders, and leaders of the Tibetan and Chinese communities will address Uyghur congressional delegates and their supporters from around the world.”

East Turkestan: 60 Years under Communist Chinese Rule is being generously hosted by NED at:

1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800,

Washington, DC 20004

The conference looks to assess the past and present Uyghur condition under Chinese Communist Party rule, and to offer solutions on the future of East Turkestan. Topics to be covered during the two-day event include discussions on autonomy, religious freedom and the “War on Terror”. Registration begins at 10 a.m. on May 18. Members of media are welcome to attend the conference.

On Thursday, May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., an opening ceremony will be held in advance of the WUC Third General Assembly. The venue for the opening ceremony is the United States Capitol Building, Congressional Meeting Room South. On Tuesday, May 26 from 12 noon to 3 p.m., after the conclusion of the WUC Third General Assembly, the WUC is planning to hold a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Again members of the media are welcome to attend both events. Journalists wishing to attend the event in the United States Capitol Building can obtain clearance from the following:

Additionally, on Wednesday, May 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Human Rights Watch is hosting a panel discussion on Ms. Rebiya Kadeer’s recently published autobiography, Dragon Fighter: One Woman’s Epic Struggle for Peace with China, and on current Uyghur human rights issues at their offices, which are located at:

1630 Connecticut Ave., N.W., # 500

Washington, DC 20009

Tel: +1 202-612-4321.

Dragon Fighter details Ms. Kadeer’s exceptional life as a self-made millionaire and philanthropist turned political prisoner and later exiled activist; against the backdrop of decades of tumultuous political and social changes in East Turkestan, it also chronicles the experiences of the Uyghur population under the authoritarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Dragon Fighter: One Woman’s Epic Struggle for Peace with China is now available in bookstores, and may be ordered online here:

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The Uyghur American Association (UAA) works to promote the preservation and flourishing of a rich, humanistic and diverse Uyghur culture, and to support the right of the Uyghur people to use peaceful, democratic means to determine their own political future.

The UAA has undertaken the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) for the purpose of promoting improved human rights conditions for Uyghurs and other indigenous groups in East Turkestan, on the premise that the assurance of basic human rights will facilitate the realization of the community’s democratic aspirations.

Uyghur Human Rights Project

Uyghur American Association

1701 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Suite 300

Washington, D.C.  20006

Tel: +1 (202) 349 1496

Fax: +1 (202) 349 1491

info[at]uyghuramerican.org

www.uhrp.org

www.uyghuramerican.org

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