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.”
Jevlan Shirmehmet holding up a picture of his mother, Suriye Tursun
In a video testimony filmed for Campaign for Uyghurs, Jevlan Shirmehmet asks again for real answers from the Chinese government regarding the disappearance of his mother, Suriye Tursun.
Jevlan has lived in Turkey since the year 2011. He has been compelled to become a vocal advocate for his family members after they were forcibly disappeared. In February of this year, a Chinese embassy official in Turkey called him to tell him that his mother had been detained for aiding terrorists.
The release of the latest study by Dr. Adrian Zenz offers further concrete evidence of the Chinese government’s genocidal crimes. Using Chinese regional data, Chinese documents, and interviews, the plummeting birth rate, population statistics, number of sterilization procedures, and even massive increase in birth control which was previously reported by witness testimony to be mandatory, all confirm that the atrocities can no longer be ignored.
In the early hours of June, 26, 2009, a brutal attack on Uyghur workers in the Shao Guan toy factory which resulted in the deaths of multiple Uyghurs. Campaign for Uyghurs solemnly remembers this event, a tragedy that later sparked the Urumchi protests, incidents that were used and abused by the Chinese government to justify their fierce genocide of the Uyghurs.
The city of Shaoguan, a primarily ethnically Hakka region, was an environment where tensions easily flourished and complaints about unfair treatment of Uyghurs in the factory were widespread.
(Julie Millsap, CFU Exclusive)
Chinese propaganda sources laughably referred to as “news” outlets are quite fond of a certain tired tactic. Spouting Communist Party propaganda, they bring in foreign “experts” (usually unremarkable people with absolutely no area of expertise on the stated matter) to spout rubbish alongside them. The recent references in State-run media to Pakistani mouthpieces in a Xinhua News article is no exception, though the gravity of Pakistan’s willingness to ignore Islam for the love of money cannot be ignored.
I am most humbled and honored to be elected as Honorary Chairman of the Board to the Campaign for Uyghurs, a human rights advocacy organization based in Washington DC, United States. This organization has campaigned tirelessly to shed light on the systematic human rights violations and cultural genocide currently taking place against the Uyghur, Kazak, and Turkic peoples of East Turkestan, a region that in China is known as the “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.”
It is a great privilege for me to be able to join forces with the hard-working men and women fighting for our fellow Uyghurs at the CFU. I have been particularly impressed by the CFU’s work focusing on women and youth; these groups have suffered greatly under the suppression of the Chinese regime.
On May 27th, the Turkish twitter account for Campaign for Uyghurs, which was used for defending the rights of Muslim Uyghur Turks in East Turkistan was suspended. The very next day, May 28th, the Chinese language account was also suspended. In response, CFU director, Rushan Abbas, said “This newly initiated Chinese twitter account only had 50 followers, so the fact that the Chinese government feels so incredibly threatened by that is quite telling.” Both twitter accounts served no purpose other than making the voices of the oppressed heard and neither contained any illegal content. This brought up the question of whether China has an element of control over narratives on twitter regarding this issue. Unfortunately, many large organizations from the United Nations (UN) to giant companies have relied on China.