In an effort to amplify the victims' voices I've decided to put up video testimonies done by Uyghur Pulse. Video updated every other day. Take notice of what's happening and keep pushing to #CloseTheCamps.
Who are Uyghurs?
The Terminology Normalisation Committee for Ethnic Languages of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region recommends that the spelling Uyghur, corresponding to the pronunciation [ujγur], be used as the English transcription of the word. (source)
Uyghurs are ethnically and culturally Turkic people living in the areas of Central Asia commonly known as East Turkistan. The Uyghurs have a rich cultural history going back almost 4,000 years.
Before embracing Islam in tenth century, Uyghurs believed in Buddhism, Manichaeism and Nestorian Christianity. Today, Uyghurs practice a moderate form of Sufi Islam and lead predominantly secular lives.
With only a few extremely rare exceptions, Uyghurs continue to be the only population in China consistently subjected to executions for political and religious offenses.
Genocide of Uyghurs
Uyghurs concentrated into state-sponsored concentration camps (advertised to the global public as 're-education camps') are only one of the many ways Xinjiang China tries to eradicate Uyghurs.
The camp initially targeted Uyghurs, the largest Muslim group living in Xinjiang, but later Chinese authorities included other Muslim peoples: Kyrgyz, Kazakhs, and even Dungans (who are actually ethnic Chinese Muslims). (source)
In August 2018, a United Nations human rights panel said that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uyghurs in China have been held in these so-called "re-education camps". Many reports cite up to three million Muslims are held in 500 different concentration camps. (source).
China is also destroying Uyghur burial grounds, effectively trying to fully eradicate Uyghur’s ethnic identity and ancestry in Xinjiang. (source)
Xinjiang government is also destroying cultural cites in Kashgar's Old City, a site that holds numerous historical touchstones and cultural significance to Uyghur Muslims. (source)
AP News reports that Uyghur genocide is not just cultural genocide but a physical genocide. Punishing and detaining people for having the number of children allowed by law, forced abortions, sterilizations, IUD insertions are all way to finish a population. (source)
UHRP also reported many Uyghur academics and religious figures detained and missing. (source)
Professor Ilham Toti arrested in January 2014Professor Rahile Dawut, ethnographer and Uyghur folklore expert detained since Dec 2017.Translator and poet Abduqader JümeUyghur Imam Abduheber Ahmet jailed in 2018 for 5 years Former Editor in Chief of the Xinjiang Cultural Journal and prominent journalist Qurban Mamut detainedUyghur rapper Ablajan Awut Ayup detained and sent to concentration campPhotographer Lu Guang arrested in China on November 2018Poet, writer and screenwriter Perhat Tursun Xinjiang University president Tashpolat TeyibAcademic translators Abdulqadir Jalaleddin and Muhammad Salih Hajim (who died in custody in early 2018)
Fellow Muslims, our Muslim leaders are actively ignoring this issue.
In November 2019, the Belarusian representative to the U.N. read a statement from 54 countries which they said were in support of China's Xinjiang policies. The signatories were Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, the Congo, Cuba, North Korea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Iraq, Iran, Laos, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, the Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, the Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, the Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Togo, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, Tanzania, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (source)
Extensive bibliography compiled by Professor Magnus Fiskesjö [email protected]
this is to direct attention to victim testimonies. updates will go first.
Disguised as a bogus 'poverty alleviation' scheme, an ethnic Han manager at a garment factory in Xinjiang discloses disturbing details of local Uyghurs’ abuse.
New evidence indicates that ‘graduating’ detainees from Xinjiang’s ‘re-education camps’ have been sent directly to factories to work in other parts of China. - Currently, only Lacoste and Adidas are pledging to cut forced Uyghur labour. Demand action for other brands to follow the same.
Uyghur exile in Turkey describes cruelty of Chinese camps
NYTimes: Inside China’s Push to Turn Muslim Minorities Into an Army of Workers
Uyghur genocide is a physical genocide.
What has happened to me: a testimony of an Uyghur woman
Forced to teach in Uyghur concentration camp: Sayragul Sauytbay says that she was made to work as a teacher in a detention camp holding Uyghur Muslims. - Audio Interview with the BBC.
A report by BMC Medical Ethics revealed Uyghur detainees being used for organs harvesting by falsifying organ donation data. (source). A lawyer representing The China Tribunal addressed the UN council with proof of organ harvesting (source).
Hair products such as wigs are allegedly made of Uyghur detainees hair (source)
Uyghur women are forced to marry and sleep with Han Chinese men to remove them out of Islam. Many detainees are subject to pack rape. (source).
#ChinaShowThemAll - Many Uyghur families are looking for their family members and seeking answers from the Xinjiang government. (Erkin Tusun, Ayshem Helim, Nur'iman Abdureshid's father, mother and brothers, Renagul Gheni, Gulruy Serwi)
World Uyghur Congress demands an end to torture in East Turkistan
Mihrigul Tursun: I was tortured for seven days and nights without sleep by members of the national security department. Mihrigul Tursun: The authorities put a helmet-like thing on my head, and each time I was electrocuted, my whole body would shake violently and I would feel the pain in my veins
Kayrat Samarkand: They took my clothes and brought me in handcuffs and leg shackles to my cell. There, they shaved my head
Inmates were sometimes forced to eat pork, forbidden in Islam, as punishment (Source 1, 2)
Rahima Mahmut: What is happening in my homeland is cultural genocide. The Chinese government is using forced labor to make people in my region forget their home, their religion, and their culture.
Tursunay Ziyawudun: Camp authorities regularly “took women to the hospital and operated on them so that they no longer could have children”
@UyghurPulse - Video testimonies for the victims of the slow but de facto genocide in China's northwestern Xinjiang region.Uyghur
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Mobilise the cause
Email to companies about forced Uyghur labour
Join the #NoRightsNoGames campaign - Find your national Olympic committee here and contact them (Here's a .txt sample of a message you can use.)
Demand a call for action, write to your local officials, your country's ambassador to China and China's embassy in your country. Here are infos and a template provided by IUHRD.
Tweet @Olympics The IOC has a responsibility to ensure that the Olympic Games are held in a country that respects international norms. If China maintains its internment camp policy into 2022, they are not a fit host. #NoRightsNoGames2022
Write to the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies. Urge action to trace missing family members of Uyghurs.
Call your US congress representative
Share UHRP's briefings with your community leaders, your Muslim leaders, and ask them to speak about these issues. (1, 2)
Boycott your favourite companies complicit in Uyghur forced labour. (Buy local or thrift instead!) - Here are the fortune 500 companies doing business in Xinjiang
Boycott made in China cotton
Stop Uyghur Genocide
Charity Right: Support 400 women with children whose husbands are missing or are locked away with nutritious food packs
Ummah Welfare Trust: Help Uyghur refugees in Turkey with financial and household aid
Xinjiang Victims Database Testimony Work
Crowdsource medical examinations for Xinjiang ex-detainees
Shukr Foundation: Donate to distribute Qurban in Turkey to Uyghur widows, orphans and other vulnerable Turkic people
Let's defend Uyghur culture in Europe
Support Uyghur Human Rights Project
Support Save Uyghur Campaign
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