Uyghurs Face Genocide, Hong Kong Will Too

Hong Kong protesters marching in the Causeway Bay district, Hong Kong, demonstrating against the Chinese government which is stripping them of their freedoms and democratic rights. Photograph by Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times

CFU Press Release
For Immediate Release
July 1, 2020 11:00 A.M EST
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Today is a day for solemnity. It need not be the end of the struggle, but we at Campaign for Uyghurs mourn with the brave citizens of Hong Kong today, and brace for what comes after the end of two systems. Hong Kong was the last bastion of freedom for many people in China, and was an important safe haven for all those who stand for human rights activism, for those who are true followers of the law, for freedom of the press, for freedom of religion. The last place near Beijing that would call out its evils without the swift repercussion of the Chinese regime’s evil, heavy hand. We have faith that the people of Hong Kong will continue to find a way to fight for what they deserve: a life free of Beijing’s oppression. …Read More

The Loudest Screams Falling on Covered Ears: Uyghur Victims of Torture

Sayragul Sauytbay, a victim of the Chinese Communist Government’s torture

CFU Press Release
For Immediate Release
June 26, 2020 9:00 A.M. EST
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“Anyone who has been tortured remains tortured. Anyone who has suffered torture never again will be at ease in the world. Faith in humanity, already cracked by the first slap in the face, then demolished by torture, is never acquired again.”-Jean Amery, tortured in Auschwitz.

On this day established by the United Nations to speak out against torture and to support the victims and survivors of it, Campaign for Uyghurs affirms that China is one of the main modern perpetrators of torture, unabashedly using horrific techniques to carry out large-scale ethnic cleansing of the Uyghurs. The complexities of the psychological impacts these atrocities have created and will continue to create are appalling. We need not say more than the words of but a few survivors themselves. …Read More

The Invisible Uyghur Widows

International Widows Day Campaign for Uyghurs Press Release
For Immediate Release
June 23, 2020 11:30 A.M. EST
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The United Nations recognizes June 23 as International Widows Day, and Campaign for Uyghurs takes today to remember Uyghur widows. In response to the situation of many widows living in complete poverty who often have their human dignity stripped away, the U.N. states this: …Read More

In Gratitude for Fathers

Campaign for Uyghurs Press Release
For Immediate Release
June 21, 2020, 09:00 A.M. EST
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“A man of great strength defeats one; a man of great knowledge, a thousand”-Uyghur proverb. 

On Father’s Day, Campaign for Uyghurs acknowledges with gratitude the knowledge, sacrifices, and uncountable contributions that are given each of us by our fathers. We are thankful, and wish each of them a very happy Father’s Day. May the memories and love we treasure on this day be an encouragement to our souls. For those whom this is a bittersweet occasion, we acknowledge your pain.  …Read More

In Honor of the Strength of Uyghurs on World Refugee Day

Campaign for Uyghurs Press Release
For Immediate Release
June 20, 2020 10:00 AM EST
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World Refugee Day is devoted to raising awareness of the situation of refugees across the globe.  Campaign for Uyghurs acknowledges the difficulties faced, in particular, by Uyghur refugees fleeing extermination by the Chinese Communist regime. This year the Chinese government brought added hardships for them with the spread of Covid19. While the entire world suffers as a result of China’s negligence and willful intention of covering up responsibility and spending money to spread disinformation, Uyghurs have faced increasingly impossible circumstances. …Read More

Marking the Importance of Juneteenth

CFU Press Release
For Immediate Release
June 19, 2020 10:00 AM EST
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On this day in 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation was declared to African American slaves. While it did not end racial injustice, this is a day to remember the important action that was taken and its implications. A policy change does not erase the pain and loss caused by  injustice and evil, but it is an important recognition of truth: that all men are created equal and therefore their lives are equally valuable. Campaign for Uyghurs acknowledges today the hard work and sacrifices of civil rights activists throughout history, and the continuing work that needs to be done in the United States to treat black lives as being equal and having equal opportunity to others.  We lament over the sinful behavior of man that led to the necessity of emancipating humans from the enslavement and abuse of other humans. May we continue to mutually support one another. …Read More

On the Occasion of the Signing of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020

Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act Of 2020 Becoming A LawCFU Press Release
For Immediate Release
June 17, 2020, 4:00 PM EST
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Today President Donald Trump signed the momentous Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act into law. It is a remarkable occasion because of what this moment represents for an entire race of people who have been unimaginably oppressed. Campaign For Uyghurs (CFU) is humbled by the multitude of people who have stood with the Uyghur people, and for the remarkable bipartisan action to condemn the genocidal actions of the Chinese government. CFU would also like to thank everyone who worked tirelessly to make this happen and express our gratitude to all the legislators who gave their support.

As we celebrate one victory on the long path that still lies ahead, we grieve the countless people who are still suffering. It must also be somberly noted that the continued suffering of citizens of Hong Kong marks another group of people who have been simultaneously betrayed. As they were always promised autonomy under the “one country two systems”, we all have now seen that the Chinese government has no qualms or moral bottom line and cannot be trusted by anyone. Nothing has changed since the Tiananmen Square massacre that we marked a couple of weeks ago. This ought to serve as an important reminder for the world: laws alone will not protect innocents. Laws must be enforced under the principles of justice, principles that China as a nation will never comprehend or acknowledge while the Communist Party remains in power.

Senior advisor for the World Uyghur Congress and Campaign for Uyghurs, and Honorary Chair of Uyghur Academy Dr. Rishat Abbas noted, “I am thrilled to see President Trump and the U.S. government stand up for the Uyghurs facing genocide in East Turkistan. Today’s signing of this legislation sends a strong message to the Chinese government that the U.S. will not remain silent. While Uyghurs in diaspora celebrate the great news, they still worry for their loved ones as over 3 million people, including my sister, Dr. Gulshan Abbas, are held in concentration camps. We hope to see more countries pass similar legislation, so this pressure continues to build. China must realize the consequences of its gross violations of human rights.”

There must be swift and continued unified action from the American government and all peace-loving nations across the world to act against the Chinese government officials who are complicit in these atrocities. They must not be allowed to continue to enjoy the benefits of free societies while denying it to millions of human beings. It is also our continued hope that companies across the world will be held accountable for deciding to profit off of the slavery and blood of Uyghurs. While the reality is that no country is utopia, we are incredibly thankful today for the victory accomplished by democracy in action. May the encouragement of this ability under freedom to effect positive change spur us all to continued integrity as we fight for the human rights and dignity of the Uyghur people.