tirsdag 24. august 2021

Uyghur Diaspora Holds First Ballot For Delegates Ahead of World Uyghur Congress General Election

The Uyghur diaspora has held its first democratic election, selecting delegates to attend the 7th World Uyghur Congress (WUC) General Assembly in November, where the exile group will choose a new president and other key committee members. The expansion of voting comes amid an intensifying global focus on China’s treatment of the 12 million Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where policies including mass internment, forced labor and coercive birth control have drawn accusations of genocide from rights groups and several Western nations.

On Sunday, Uyghurs around the world cast their ballots to elect 210 delegates from 25 countries out of 320 candidates to attend the General Assembly, which will be held from Nov. 12-14 in Prague, Czech Republic. WUC general elections are held every three years but were postponed from November 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Erkin Aliptekin, a prominent Uyghur political leader and the WUC’s first president based in Munich, told RFA’s Uyghur Service that the delegate elections had proceeded smoothly over the weekend.