Press Release – For immediate release
29 December 2019
Campaign For Uyghurs www.campaignforuyghurs.org
Unsubstantiated statements have been published by the Global Times, a Chinese propaganda newspaper functioning under the political patronage of the Chinese Communist ruling Party (CCP). The published article claims that Rushan Abbas, the executive director of Campaign for Uyghurs is a member of an East Turkistan separatist group. With her supposed agenda of tainting the “CCP’s policy in the Xinjiang region,” Abbas was condemned for stealing photos and information of Uyghurs and falsely claiming them to be her missing family members. This is referring to her demands on the CCP releasing her sister Dr. Gulshan Abbas, who has been missing since September 11th, 2018.
Abbas, who is appalled at these allegations stated that, “the CCP is threatened by my activism in the United States. This is evident in their attempt at using ad hominem arguments which are merely opinions as opposed to true hard facts. Their first retaliation to my activism was capturing my sister and my aunt. Now, they are trying to discredit my work and taint reputation by labeling me a deceiver.”
This uncorroborated article is Beijing’s effort at clearing the international pressure the CCP has been under following the recent exposure of their classified documents regarding the treatment of the Uyghurs and other Muslims in China. The 403 pages of leaked documents provide an unprecedented, inside view of the CCP’s racially-targeted and brutal convictions towards the Uyghurs. The second set of classified government documents have revealed chilling details behind China’s mass detention camps. The findings disclosed the truth on the “internal protocols” set in place in the concentration camps which functioned under the euphemism of “vocational training centers.”
Initially, the CCP denied the existence of these camps, stating that they are “pure fabrication.” However, when the United Nations panel retorted that statement and announced that credible reports in fact highlight that one million Uyghurs were held in internment camps, Beijing retracted their statement and proclaimed that the camps are vocational training centers aimed at combatting terrorism. The inconsistencies subtly underline the CCP’s lack of credibility.
The United States House of Representatives showed its advocacy of Uyghurs when they passed the UIGHUR Act of 2019 which called on the international community to take comparable steps and report on the Uyghur atrocity. Since December 3rd, 2019, the revised bill waited for approval by the United States Senate. However, earlier this year, September 11th, 2019, the S. 178, the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 was passed in the Senate by unanimous vote. These acts of support by influential international powers gives hope to Uyghurs in diaspora.
Furthermore, earlier this December, the European Parliament passed a resolution chastising the CCP’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslims. Members of the European Parliament “urge the Chinese government to immediately end the practice of arbitrary detentions without any charge, trial or conviction for criminal offence and to immediately and unconditionally release all detained persons, including this year’s laureate of the Sakharov Prize, Ilham Tohti.”
Abbas is not the only Uyghur activist who is targeted for her work. Dolkun Isa, the president of the World Uyghur Congress has also come under fire by the Global Times’ recent allegations, as well as the World Uyghur Congress. Labeled a terrorist and a criminal. These claims, like in the case of Rushan Abbas, were unfounded and purely feeble attempts at discrediting their work.
In a closing statement, Abbas said, “I am just one example of many Uyghurs who bravely decide to speak about this atrocity. However, the CCP tries to silence us by having our family pay the price for our activism. Silence is as much the problem as the actual human rights violations inflicted on my people.” The Uyghur women in East Turkistan are suffering the consequences of the silence. There are media reports of Han Chinese officials deploying to Uyghur homes to live and lay in beds with Uyghur women while their men are taken.
“Imagine. I can’t believe that the world is not outraged by this. Where are the advocates, celebrities and strong voices for the women’s rights and the feminist movements?” she asks.
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Campaign for Uyghurs (CFU) works to promote and advocate for the human rights and democratic freedoms for the Uyghurs and other Turkic people in East Turkistan (referred to in China as “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region”). It mobilizes individuals and the international community and builds bridges to take action on behalf of and to raise public awareness of the Uyghur issue with a special focus on Uyghur women and youth, and to activate persons and entities to work together to stop the systematic human rights abuses against the people of East Turkistan.
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Campaign for Uyghurs Statement on Tashpolat Teyip’s Death Sentence
Press Release – For immediate release
12 September, 2019
Contact: Campaign for Uyghurs at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1.559.375.3571 www.campaignforuyghurs.org
We are extremely concerned that the Chinese authorities may imminently execute the jailed former president of Xinjiang University Dr. Tashpolat Teyip, according to a statement by the Amnesty International issued on Sep 9. 2019.
The Chinese Government started a vicious campaign in early 2017 to destroy the ethnic, cultural and religious identities of Uyghurs and other native population of East Turkistan, officially known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. Prominent Uyghur intellectuals, academics, artists, and cultural and religious figures have become the primary targets in the first wave of the campaign described by witnesses as being worse than the notorious Cultural Revolution which terrorized people by targeting them arbitrarily. Dr. Teyip vanished in 2017 along with dozens of other prominent Uyghurs. According to his relatives, the authorities refused to let them meet with Dr. Teyip or tell them the charges and proceedings against him or his whereabouts. What became clear later that year was vast networks of concentration camps were built by the communist government and hundreds of thousands of people were locked up in them. That number has now risen to estimated 2-3 million, which amounts to 20-30% of the total population, making it one of the worst human rights crises in the world since the World War II.
In 2018, reports emerged that students and teachers at Dr. Teyip’s university had been shown a police documentary film, which revealed that Dr. Teyip had been charged with separatism and sentenced to a suspended death sentence along with five other members of the Xinjiang Education Supervision Bureau.
China routinely uses the bogus “separatism” charge to get rid of Uyghurs they do not like. Like in all cases involves the separatism charge, Dr. Teyip had not been accorded due process and been convicted in secret and grossly unfair proceedings. There should be no place for this kind of grossly unjust practices in the 21st century.
We appeal to the international community to intervene and stop his execution. We call governments, the press, organizations and individuals to apply pressure on China by speaking out against this gross injustice. Dr. Teyip’s case is just one example of a genocide currently happening in East Turkistan. The world has an obligation to hold an aspiring superpower accountable for its abusive actions, otherwise it will embolden China to continue its genocidal rampage in East Turkistan where the lives of the 15 million Uyghur and other endogenous peoples are in danger and even export its terror to its neighbors and beyond in the not so distant future.
We urge the Chinese Government to stop the execution and release him unconditionally immediately, because he has not committed a crime. His only crime is being an accomplished Uyghur academic, a backbone of the Uyghur society.
Press Release – For immediate release
4 July 2019
Contact: Campaign for Uyghurs www.campaignforuyghurs.org
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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.