Campaign for Uyghurs is horrified to learn of yet another Uyghur victim of the Chinese regime’s persistent actions to imprison prominent Uyghurs on false charges. Hursan Hassan turned 50 this year and has had an accomplished career, having studied linguistics, done voice acting, and been a director of short films and owner of his own production company. He had even attended a course organized by the China Film Association and China Federation of Literary and Art Circles in October of 2018. In spite of all this, he was detained in December of 2018. Known for his great talent and wonderful sense of humor, his family was horrified to learn that just a few days after his wrongful arrest, he was treated at the emergency room despite being very healthy before his detention.
Campaign for Uyghurs (CFU) welcomes the passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act in the House today. As it awaits action by the Senate, we are proud to recognize the hard work that has gone into ensuring that the United States remains a shining example of a nation committed to human rights, and a beacon of hope for the Uyghurs who are suffering genocide.
On March 11, 2020, CFU was privileged to speak at the CECC roundtable where this legislation was introduced. At the roundtable, CFU’s Executive Director Rushan Abbas raised valuable questions on forced labor, saying “U.S. law requires Global Magnitsky sanctions on individual offenders and prohibits any trade-in products made with forced labor, so who is preventing the enforcement of the law? Has Xi Jinping been granted veto power over U.S. laws?” Today’s passage makes clear that the power to do good still lies with the United States, and it has been a bittersweet pleasure to see this bill’s continuing push into law.
Campaign for Uyghurs Executive Director Rushan Abbas testified today at a congressional hearing for the Trade Subcommittee congressional hearing regarding the ban on imports produced by Uyghur forced labor. Statements from Amy Lehr, Scott Nova, Stephen Lamar, and Cathy Feingold were also heard.
Ms. Abbas opened with powerful testimony regarding her knowledge as a longtime activist and her personal experience with her sister’s detainment in the concentration camps, as well as the discovery of American corporate complicity in Uyghur forced labor.
Dr. Gulshan Abbas (right) who was abducted 2 years ago on September 11th, 2018 by the Chinese government standing with her brother, Rishat Abbas and her sister, Rushan Abbas in her brothers’ home in Philadelphia. Photograph was taken in 2016.
Today also marks the two year anniversary of the day that Dr. Gulshan Abbas, sister of Campaign for Uyghurs Founder and Executive Director Rushan Abbas, was forcibly disappeared by the Chinese regime. Her abduction proves that the Chinese regime’s narratives regarding the reasons for the detainment of Uyghurs in concentration camps are all lies.
Dr. Abbas is a retired medical doctor, a peaceful person who lived a life of service to others, speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, and has only ever traveled abroad to visit her family in the United States. Her case is particularly important as a very clear representation of the realities of what is happening to the Uyghurs.
Under the International Religious Roundtable, Campaign for Uyghurs and Boat People SOS prepared a letter regarding the renewal of a secretive agreement between the Vatican and the Chinese authorities. The letter was sent to His Holiness Pope Francis in Vatican City, Italy and was signed by 79 organizations and 75 individuals.
The letter boldly implores by stating that the groups “implore the Holy See not to cede the Beijing government any control over the Church in China. We respectfully request that the Holy See not renew its agreement with the People’s Republic of China at least until such time as the authorities discontinue their campaign of genocide, crimes against humanity, and other grave human rights violations against religious believers.”
Two workers wear face masks while manning a promotional stand for the Disney move ‘Mulan’ in an almost empty shopping mall in Beijing, Feb. 16, 2020.
Reported by Adile Ablet and Alim Seytoff for RFA’s Uyghur Service, and by Ng Yik-tung for the Cantonese Service. Translated by Alim Seytoff. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.
Disney’s decision to thank entities associated with the persecution of Uyghurs in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in the credits of its new film “Mulan” is an “unforgivable” example of corporate “kowtowing” to the Chinese state, critics said Tuesday.
Disney released its live-action version of the popular 1998 animated film about a young woman who pretends to be a man so that she can join the military on behalf of her sick father on its streaming platform Disney+ over the weekend.
In the credits of the long-awaited remake, the company thanks several entities known to have contributed to Beijing’s repressive rule in the XUAR, where authorities are believed to have held up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a vast network of internment camps since April 2017.
Despite the ongoing genocide against Uyghurs in East Turkistan, Disney’s remake of “Mulan” was filmed on the same territory which has erected concentrations camps aimed at eradicating Uyghurs. Moreover, casting actress Yifei Liu as the lead for Mulan; an actress who expressed support of China’s brutal crackdown on Hong Kongs protesters. Credit: Greg Baker/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
CFU Press Release
For Immediate Release
September 8, 2020 2:00 p.m. EDT
Campaign for Uyghurs is appalled by the latest revelation of a Western corporation that not only ignores China’s genocide, but rather directly profits off of it. Disney was revealed to have chosen to film Mulan in East Turkistan.
The end credits of the film include a thank you to the Turpan Public Security Bureau (PSB), the entity that is directly responsible for the mass detention of Uyghurs in concentration camps, as well as numerous other genocidal crimes. They also thank the publicity departments of Turpan and “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region”, which are the committees responsible for producing state propaganda about the Uyghurs, in other words, those responsible for disguising the PRC’s genocidal crimes.