Mar 13, 2023

World Uyghur Congress Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

UNPO is proud to support the World Uyghur Congress for a Nobel Peace Prize following its nomination by a Canadian Member of Parliament, Sameer Zuberi. The World Uyghur Congress is receiving widespread support and recognition for its relentless efforts in defending Uyghur rights in China and around the world.



The Uyghur community in China has been subjected to systematic oppression and human rights violations, including arbitrary detention, forced labor, cultural and religious suppression, and mass surveillance. The World Uyghur Congress has been at the forefront of raising awareness about these issues and advocating for justice for Uyghurs. Several parliament and an independent Uyghur Tribunal panel have concluded that it constitutes a deliberate attempt to eradicate the Uyghurs from the region and thus a genocide.

Through its tireless work, the WUC has become a leading voice in the fight against human rights abuses in China. Its advocacy efforts have led to increased international attention and pressure on the Chinese government to end its mistreatment of the Uyghur people.

The World Uyghur Congress has been instrumental in providing crucial information and documentation about the situation in Xinjiang to the international community, including governments, NGOs, and the media. It has also provided support to Uyghurs living abroad who have been affected by the Chinese government's actions.

Recently, the organization launched a campaign calling for the boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing to raise awareness about the ongoing human rights abuses in China. The campaign gained traction, and several countries have expressed concerns about China's treatment of Uyghurs. The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) wrote a report the same year concluding that the human rights violations “may amount to crimes against humanity”, but was widely criticised for its pro-China stance overall to the violations.

We commend the World Uyghur Congress for its unwavering commitment to defending Uyghur rights and speaking truth to power. Their work is critical in ensuring that the international community does not remain silent in the face of these egregious violations of human rights.

We call on governments, NGOs, and individuals worldwide to support the World Uyghur Congress's receiving of a Nobel Peace Prize and stand in solidarity with the Uyghur people in their struggle for freedom, justice, and dignity.