China: Demand Iran and Turkey take action for the Uighurs

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Take action. Contact the Foreign Ministers of Iran and Turkey.

Summary

Background

Action

Summary

New campaign details below.

IHRC is calling on campaigners to demand key Muslim countries, non-aligned countries and relevant international organisations demand China ends its persecution of the Uighurs.  Many Muslim and non-aligned countries have key or growing economic ties with China.  Please make clear that the economic reasoning behind these ties cannot trump the lives of millions of people.

Background

Reports coming out of China in recent weeks have increased concerns regarding the situation of the Uighur community from Xinjiang province in the north-west.  There has been a long history of mistreatment and persecution of the Uighurs, including the eradication of culture and heritage, religious persecution, mass transfers of populations in and out of Xinjiang and political suppression.  You can read more about these in IHRC’s eyewitness photo essay and report from 2010.

IHRC has sent researchers this year to assess the veracity of recent reports and they will be publishing their findings soon.  Previous work on the situation can be found here.

Action Required

  1. This week please write to the Foreign Ministers of Iran and Turkey.  A model letter / email and addresses are pasted below.  We will be requesting the same next week for another two countries or organisations, and the same each week until the end of Ramadan.  Please note a correction to last week’s address to the African Union here.
  2. Forward any responses you receive to us on info@ihrc.org so we can develop this campaign further.
  3. Share this alert and the reports and resources, and encourage others to join this campaign.
  4. Please ensure you share verified stories and information.  Despite this situation existing for decades, mainstream media has only given it importance now, often spreading unverified stories and cases. 
  5. Keep visiting the IHRC Uighur Campaign page for updates on the campaign, and for past and ongoing actions.

Model letter

                                                                                    Your name

                                                                                    Your address

[Date]

Dear [Name of Foreign Minister]

Re: Situation of Uighurs in China

I am sure you are aware of the reports of the mistreatment and persecution of Uighurs in China.

I am deeply concerned about the violation of their rights including their religious, social and political rights.  I am sure you will agree that this is an issue of the utmost seriousness, and I look to your office to:

  • Make strong representations to China and demand they desist in this behaviour;
  • Urge your members to suspend all economic and other co-operation with China until they stop their policies and begin restitution to the Uighurs.
  • Offer your support in providing religious, social and cultural support of Uighur communities inside and outside China.

I look forward to your reply regarding this urgent matter.

Yours sincerely,

[Your signature]
[Your name]

Addresses:

Turkey

Please address emails / letters / faxes to the Foreign Minister

HE Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

via the Turkish Embassy in your country.

The addresses for the embassies in the UK, USA, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa, Norway, Canada and Germany are listed below.

A full list of embassies world-wide and their contact details can be found here.

UK

HE Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Foreign Minister

c/o HE Ümit Yalçın

Ambassador

Turkish Embassy

43 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8PA United Kingdom 
F:+44 20 73 93 00 66, +44 20 73 93 92 13
E: embassy.london@mfa.gov.tr

USA

HE Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Foreign Minister

Serdar Kılıç

Ambassador

2525 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008 
F:+1 202 612 67 44
E: embassy.washingtondc@mfa.gov.tr

Indonesia

HE Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Foreign Minister

c/o Mahmut Erol Kılıç

Ambassador

Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav.1

Kuningan

Jakarta 12950

Indonesia 


F:+62 21 522 60 56
E: embassy.jakarta@mfa.gov.tr 

Malaysia

HE Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Foreign Minister

c/o Merve Safa Kavakcı

Ambassador

Menara Tan & Tan

Level 18

207 Jalan Tun Razak

50400

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia 


F:+60 3 2181 3520
E: embassy.kualalumpur@mfa.gov.tr

South Africa

HE Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Foreign Minister

c/o Elif Çomoğlu Ülgen

Ambassador

Turkish Embassy

PO Box 56014

Arcadia 0007

Pretoria

South Africa 
E: embassy.pretoria@mfa.gov.tr

Norway

HE Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Foreign Minister

c/o Fazlı Çorman

Ambassador

HALVDAN SVARTES GATE 5

N-0244 OSLO

NORWAY
F: 00 47 22 55 62 63
embassy.oslo@mfa.gov.tr

Canada

HE Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Foreign Minister

c/o Kerim Uras

Ambassador

197 WURTEMBURG STREET OTTAWA

ONTARIO

K1N 8L9

F:+1 (613) 789 34 42

E: embassy.ottawa@mfa.gov.tr

Germany

HE Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Foreign Minister

c/o Ali Kemal Aydın

T.C. Berlin Büyükelçiliği

Tiergartenstr 19-21

10785 Berlin

E: botschaft.berlin@mfa.gov.tr

Iran

Please address emails / letters / faxes to the Foreign Minister

HE Javad Sharif

via the Iranian Embassy in your country.

A full list of embassies can be found here.

The addresses for the embassies in the UK, Indonesia, Malaysia and Germany are listed below.

UK

HE Javad Sharif

c/o Hamid Baeidinejad

16 PRINCES GATE

LONDON

SW7

F: 02075894440

E: info@iran-embassy.org.uk

Indonesia

HE Javad Sharif

c/o Mohammadi Nasrabadi

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jakarta, Indonesia

110 JL.HOS-COKROAMINOTO

MENTENG

JAKARTA PUSAT 10310 

F: 021 – 3107860

E: irembjakt@indo.or.id

Malaysia

HE Javad Sharif

c/o Marzieh Afkham

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1 ,LORONG U THANT 1 OFF JALAN U THANT 55000

KUALA LUMPUR

F: 03 – 4562904

E: UTHANT@TM.NET.MY

Germany

HE Javad Sharif

c/o Ali Majedi

Ambassador

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Berlin, Germany

PODBIELSKIALLEE 67

14195 BERLIN-Germany

Fax: 030 – 84353535

E-mail:iran.botschaft@t-online.de

Please forward any responses you receive to info@ihrc.org.