International

Dolkun Isa Prevented from Participating in UN Forum

Just days before the start of the Forum, World Uyghur Congress (WUC) President Dolkun Isa, was informed that his accreditation for the event through the Society for Threatened Peoples was suddenly ‘pending approval’ due to ‘security concerns’ despite initial approval weeks before.
On Monday, April 16, 2018, Mr. Isa was prevented from entering the UN premises to participate in the first day of the Forum. When asked for an explanation, UN security was unable to elaborate further on the justification for the refusal, citing ‘security concerns’ once more. said UNPO.
Mr. Isa remarked that “This represents a clear signal of the success of China’s attempts to manipulate the UN system. I am incredibly disappointed and appalled that the UN has been undermined to this extent.”
In February 2018, the Red Notice issued for Mr. Isa by Interpol in the late 1990s at the behest of the Chinese government was finally deleted, illustrating that allegations against him have been completely unsubstantiated and politically motivated throughout his career.
This is also not the first time Isa has been unjustly prevented from participating in the Indigenous Forum. On April 26, 2017, Isa was forced to leave the UN premises while participating in the 16th Indigenous Forum. The UN has continued to remain silent on the issue for nearly a year, despite calls from the WUC, the UNPO, Society for Threatened Peoples and Human Rights Watch for clarification.
Mr. Isa also stressed that “What has happened for the second consecutive year speaks volumes about the state of the UN system. Democratic states must immediately respond to this threat at the very venue where openness and dialogue are ostensibly championed.”
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) condemns in the strongest terms the decision taken by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) to wrongfully prevent UNPO Vice President Dolkun Isa from participating in the 17th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, despite his prior approval.