On September 16, 2010, Kathy Polias
spoke on behalf of the Society for Threatened Peoples
on the floor of the 15th session of the UN Human Rights Council
in Geneva, Switzerland.
spoke about the Chinese government's treatment of the Uyghur people as an example of governments' use of security campaigns and the global war on terrorism to repress, persecute, and dilute the cultural identities of minorities in their countries.
delivered the statement under Item 3 of the Human Rights Council agenda -"Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development.
statement was interrupted three times by China's delegation to the UN Human Rights Council
on points of order.
China's delegation claimed that the statement did not fall within the confines of Item 3.
The United States and United Kingdom delegations defended the Society for Threatened Peoples
' right to speak.
The UK delegation noted that the Society for Threatened Peoples
properly contextualized its statement within Agenda Item 3.
The President of the Human Rights Council
permitted Ms. Polias
to conclude the statement.
The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mehmet Tohti as WUC's Special Representative to European Institutions (European Union, European Commission, and European Parliament) and Ms. Kathy Polias as WUC's United Nations Liaison.
Ms. Polias served as the UN Liaison for the Uyghur American Association, one of WUC's member organizations, from November 2009 through June 2010, during which time she utilized the UN mechanisms, particularly the UN Human Rights Council, to promote the Uyghurs' human rights at the UN.
In June, she was appointed as the UN Liaison of WUC.
In this new capacity, she
is continuing as well as expanding on her