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.
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.
Demonstrators stand outside the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, holding up signs with Mongolian script protesting China’s removal of the Mongolian language from core subjects. (Reuters/Anand Tumurtogoo)
Campaign for Uyghurs (CFU) would like to express full solidarity with the brave people of Southern Mongolia (referred to by the Chinese regime as the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region). After successfully conducting the genocide of the Uyghurs while the world has been muted, it is clear that the Chinese authorities, contrary to lip service given about dialogue and cooperation, are rather steadfast in their self-damning mission to exterminate yet another culture.
These atrocious, oppressive new policies further reveal that the agenda of the Chinese Communist Party as concerns the ethnic groups in China being close as “seeds of the pomegranate” is about uniformity under tyranny, not harmony. After facing decades of cultural elimination and policies similar to those which have led to the destruction of Tibet and the Uyghur genocide, ethnic Mongolians are bravely defending what they know to be the roots of any culture: language.
Campaign for Uyghurs calls on Netflix to reconsider a deal adapting a science fiction novel by Chinese author Liu Cixin for the screen. Mr. Liu once said that “Sci-fi novels are concerned with problems faced by all of humanity.” He has contradicted this message by becoming a genocide apologist. Mr. Liu plainly repeated Chinese Communist Party propaganda regarding the genocide by saying: “If anything, the government is helping their economy and trying to lift them out of poverty.”