An Uyghur woman and children sit on a motor-tricycle. (AP)
Today the world is ignoring more than 500,000 Uyghur children’s cases who are connected to one perpetrator, hiding in plain sight. And what is most frustrating is the silence from the world community.
Every parent’s worst nightmare. We hear the words connected to atrocities that stab our hearts when we read them in the headlines. To speak the words “disappeared child”, “missing child”, “hurt child”, “sick child”, “kidnapped child”… immediately a parent feels a hard pit of intense dread in their stomach, immediately imagining themselves in that unfortunate family’s shoes. And while we briefly bear a twinge of their pain, the parents of lost children carry a silent burden of trauma their entire lives. Perhaps the worst pain, many mothers who have lost children will attest, is the idea that the children they lose are forgotten.
And yet today the world is ignoring more than 500,000 Uyghur children’s cases who are connected to one perpetrator, hiding in plain sight. And what is most frustrating is the silence from the world community. Where are the child advocacy groups? Where are the leading voices for children? What happened to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)? When China’s money is involved, most of Hollywood’s vocal stars, rights advocates, and the mainstream media are turning aside and selling their moral values and conscience for the temporary benefit that they receive from China and its market.
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Olsi Jazexhi, a historian, was invited by Chinese authorities in August last year to see what was happening with Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. He was shocked to see gross violation of human rights in the ‘re-education centres’ and became a global voice against Chinese oppression of Uighurs. Edited excerpts of an interview with Jazexhi:
You have visited these concentration camps in China. How did you manage to reach there?
I had a keen interest to know what is going on in Xinjiang with the Muslim community. For this reason, I contacted the Chinese Embassy in Tirana, Albania, in July 2019. I told our Chinese friends that I doubted the story that I was seeing in western media about the Uighurs and China’s treatment of Muslims. I told them that I wanted to prove the Western narrative about Xinjiang to be wrong. Our Chinese colleagues in Tirana liked my profile and invited me, like they have invited other journalists in the past to see the situation in Xinjiang.
The speakers for the joint event by IRF Roundtable and Campaign for Uyghurs
On July 9th, Campaign for Uyghurs, in cooperation with the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, held an event on the situation of the Uyghurs, described by Representative Jim McGovern, who attended the event, as “dire”. The discussion, moderated by IRF Roundtable co-chair Greg Mitchell, centered around legislative response to the atrocities, which are being labeled by many as genocide.
Congressman McGovern shared the importance of passing the bill he has co-sponsored, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, stating that “..so much more needs to be done. While the Administration has taken some positive steps to block some Chinese suppliers, its actions fall far short of addressing the widespread and systematic use of forced labor in products entering the United States.” Congressman McGovern also affirmed that “It is long past time for companies all over the world to reassess their operations and supply chains and find alternatives that do not exploit the labor and violate the human rights of the Uyghur people.”
CFU Press Release
For Immediate Release
July 9, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
Campaign for Uyghurs receives the news of U.S. Government sanctions against four of the Chinese government leaders responsible for orchestrating the genocide in East Turkistan with bittersweet sentiments.
It is deeply sobering that there is a need in this modern age to address individuals whose jobs should be to protect human life and promote peace, in this manner. While this is an incredibly important step to hold a few of the greatest criminals in the world accountable, it is part of a necessarily longer string of actions.
CFU Press Release
For Immediate Release
July 8, 2020 4:00 PM EDT
Campaign for Uyghurs is pleased to announce the release of a new report, “China’s Genocide in East Turkistan: The Genocide of Uyghurs by Definition of the United Nations Convention on Genocide Prevention”.
It is the sincere hope of each member of the CFU team who worked hard to compile the information contained therein that this report will be useful for all those potential allies in the fight to end China’s genocide of the Uyghur people. By laying out how each condition of genocide laid out by the United Nations is being met by the Chinese regime’s actions towards the Uyghurs, this accessible material can will lead to greater recognition of the need to label these atrocities as what they are: Genocide. As such, all individuals, corporations, organizations, and nations must treat the Chinese regime as the rogue state that it is.
Double relative program led to government-sponsored mass rape: Campaign for Uyghurs
Amid reports of China violating the basic human rights of Uyghur Muslims, Campaign for Uyghurs have released a ‘Genocide in East Turkistan’ revealing the crimes being committed upon the ethnic community.
“The Chinese government sent 1.1 million Han Chinese cadres to East Turkistan to control the daily life of Uyghurs. Their job is to stay in Uyghur homes, share the same bed with them if necessary and to control all aspects of their daily lives. With the ‘Double Relative Program’ initiated by the Beijing government, Han Chinese cadres make visits at least once every two months and stay for about a week. During the stay, while constantly spreading Chinese Communist Party propaganda, they also spy on them. During these visits, they encourage drinking of alcohol and eat pork, all of which are forbidden in Islam. If a Uyghur requests ‘halal meat’ from the market and if they do not drink, they are declared a suspect and sent to the camps,” the report said.
Rushan Abbas, activist, talks about the human rights situation for Uyghurs in China (Photo: Screengrab from USEmbassyVienna’s channel on YouTube)
Many international human rights organisations have accused Beijing of cracking down on the Uyghurs by sending them to mass detention camps, interfering in their religious activities, and sending members of the community to undergo some form of forceful re-education or indoctrination.
Rushan Abbas, an Uyghur American activist, whose sister went missing in China almost two years ago and is believed to be locked in a detention camp, said that the Chinese regime must be held accountable for its crime against humanity which it manifests in many forms including mass rape, organ harvesting, and sterilisation.