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SAFE THE DATE - The City of Kashgar: An Oasis of the Silk Road on the Brink of Extinction Author - Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

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SAFE THE DATE - The City of Kashgar: An Oasis of the Silk Road on the Brink of Extinction

On 27 January Ms Frieda Brepoels MEP will convene a conference, ‘Kashgar: An Oasis of the Silk Road on the Brink of Extinction’, at the European Parliament in collaboration with the UNPO and the Belgian Uyghur Association.


PRLog (Press Release) – Jan 07, 2011 – Two years into Beijing’s ‘Kashgar Dangerous House Reform’, and the Old City of Kashgar in East Turkestan, or China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), faces near total destruction. There is a pressing need to assess the damage incurred, implications for the region’s Uyghur population, and to identify ways in which damage can be mitigated.

With opening remarks by Ms Frieda Brepoels, Mr Marino Busdachin, UNPO General Secretary, and Ms Rebiya Kadeer, President of the World Uyghur Congress, the conference will provide a rare glimpse into one of the defining cultures of Central Asia and a city that has witnessed Tamerlane, Genghis Khan and Marco Polo but is excluded from applications for UNESCO World Heritage status due to political reasons.

Discussions will explain the unique value of Kashgar’s townscape as a site of international architectural and historical significance, identify the city’s relevance to the Uyghur identity of the region, and place Beijing’s reconstruction plans in the context of its policies towards ethnic nationalities.  A constructive debate drawing on European and international case studies will also assess what possibilities remain to protect a unique city from being lost forever.

For more information on the event please refer to

For media queries please contact: Andrew Swan  at +32 (0)472 577 518 or

Registration is required and must be submitted before 16 January 2011. Please send your full name, date of birth, place of residence, nationality, organisation to

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The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organisation. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognised or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.

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