Press Release – For immediate release
4 July 2019
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Campaign for Uyghurs (CFU) commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Urumqi massacre in Urumqi, East Turkistan (Also known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region). The protests began peacefully as demonstrators called for a full investigation into an incident in Shaoguan, Southern China several days earlier, in which several Uyghurs had been killed by Han Chinese factory workers. Communist China rampaged its military forces and shot at Uyghur protestors and arbitrarily arrested thousands of Uyghurs. Subsequently, the government used the incident as an excuse, to unlawfully abduct Uyghurs for several months after the July 5th massacre and hundreds of Uyghur men disappeared as wide-scale police sweeps heightened. The Financial Times estimated that, some 4,000 arrests had already taken place by mid-July 2009 and that Urumchi’s prisons were so full that newly arrested people were being held in a People’s Liberation Army warehouses. Some accounts say the actual numbers are even higher. Following the incidents, internet access, mobile phone service, and outbound international calls throughout the region were blocked to prevent the flow of information in and out of the area. Internet access, mobile phone service and outbound international calls throughout the region were blocked and the internet was not restored until May 2010.
Ten years ago, the Chinese government got away with such brutality and suppression in front of the entire world. What’s happening on our watch today is the continuation of the Communist government undermining the rule of law, human dignity, and western values.
Today, ten years after the Urumchi massacre, massive systematic human rights abuses perpetrated by communist China has escalated to genocide with three million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Uzbeks and other ethnic groups waiting for death in Chinese concentration camps. Their children are sent to orphanages, where they are raised to forsake Uyghur identity and be loyal to the Chinese Communist Party. Inside of the camps, prisoners are indoctrinated with Communist Party propaganda, forced to renounce Islam and subject to torture and brutal deaths. Despite this blatant human rights abuse and vicious crimes against humanity, Beijing is set for hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics.
On May 10th, 2019, China launched its 1,000-day countdown to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics with a happy song and dance celebration. The 2008 Beijing Olympic was the period that China gained economic and social attention in the world and was able to create the mass surveillance structure they are now using to suppress Uyghur, Kazakh and other Turkic and other millions of innocent people. The Orwellian state was built with a prestige traditional game of unity, equality, and peacefulness. Should Communist China be rewarded with Olympic games while committing genocide against an ethnicity with racial motivations?
CFU strongly believe that China is the last country in the world to qualify with the principle of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC must acknowledge that moving forward with the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing is being complicit with genocide. To award a country that has three million innocent people in concentration camps with the honor of hosting the Olympics is more than being a bystander to the crime, it’s supporting it.
The IOC must safeguard the principals that the Olympics have been built upon. The Olympics is a unique international event. It is not about trade or politics. It’s not about which country has the most power, or the most money. The Olympics are about people coming together to celebrate their differences. A country that has banned cultural identity and language, banned Islam, enforced policies that sexually repress it’s women with forced abortion and erects more than 44 concentration camps to jail an ethnic group does not respect these values.
CFU calls on the international community to take concrete action to address the current atrocity that the entire Uyghur nation is facing and hold China accountable for it is actions. China must close the concentration camps and release all innocent people arbitrary being detained.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4/9/2019
Campaign for Uyghurs Founder Rushan Abbas Testifies before Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Washington, DC – Ms. Rushan Abbas, Director and Founder of the Campaign for Uyghurs, today testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the detention of over one million Uyghurs in Chinese Re-Education Camps in East Turkestan.
Said Ms. Abbas: “Since early 2017, the Chinese government has conducted a policy of mass disappearance, internment, and imprisonment of Uyghur people. Experts have estimated the number of Uyghurs interned in the concentration camps at between 800,000 to 1.5 million, in addition to approximately 1.5 million imprisoned formally, making this campaign targeting an ethnic minority – in this case, Uyghurs and ethnic Kazakhs – the most extensive since the Second World War.”
Ms. Abbas’s and that of other Uyghur’s activism in support of human rights is not without severe consequence. On Sept. 11, 2018, after Ms. Abbas spoke at a major event at a Washington Think Tank, her sister, Dr. Gulshan Abbas, and her aunt were abducted and detained in Xinjiang’s Orwellian political re-education camps. Since then, Ms. Abbas had no contact or information regarding her family members.
Among other, Ms. Abbas called in her testimony on the U.S. government to immediately pass the “Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act” introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and to impose sanctions against responsible Chinese officials under Global Magnitsky Act authorities (Pub.L. 112–208). Ms. Abbas further demanded that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) must act to protect Uyghur-Americans from the Chinese government “influence operations” here in America as they occur regularly.
Please see the full testimony here:
On International Women’s Day 2019, the One Voice One Step Initiative calls for women all around the world to stand together with Uyghur women in solidarity against the Chinese Communist Party’s crimes against the humanity in East Turkistan. We would like to highlight China’s brutal repression of the Uyghur people, especially the mass arbitrary detention of millions of Uyghurs in what are essentially concentration camps.
The current situation in East Turkistan has put many Uyghur women in precarious conditions, where they face discrimination due to their ethnicity and their gender. A large number of Uyghur women have been detained in the internment camps where they are not only subjected to torture and other forms of inhuman treatment, like their male counterparts but also are at risk of sexual assault and harassment.
Testimonies from former inmates and detainees have provided evidence that women have been severely mistreated in Chinese custody and remain at significant risk of further human rights violations. Gulbakhar Jalilova, an ethnic Uyghur with Kazakh citizenship who was detained in one of the political internment camps in East Turkistan for more than a year testified that Uyghur women detainees slept in crowded cells and were only allowed to shower for two minutes at a time with limited hygiene products. She also stated that female detainees were forcibly given medications to stop Uyghur women from menstruating. Mihrigul Tursun, a 29-year-old Uyghur woman, was also held in one of the camps on three occasions. She stated that each time that she was detained she was beaten, tortured, electrocuted until she passed out. The few camp survivors who have testified publicly about their experiences have all reported similar conditions.
In addition to mistreatment in the camps, Uyghur women routinely are deprived of their rights in their everyday lives. For Uyghur women, access to health care, education, employment and participation in all aspects of the community are all suppressed by the Chinese government.
Unfortunately, Uyghur women all too often have to contend with unequal access to education, with sexual and domestic violence and other obstacles to achieving their full potential. Numerous reports have also indicated that Uyghur women have subjected to forced abortion. We cannot and will not close our eyes to this reality. We must work every day, around the world and at all levels, to raise awareness of the current Uyghur crisis and promote equal rights as well as the application of all human rights for Uyghurs.
We, therefore, urge anyone concerned with the situation in East Turkistan, to stand in solidarity with Uyghur women and call China to stop its crime against humanity. We also urge the international community and the general public to not remain silent in the face of atrocities and to stand up for Uyghurs.