Stand With Uyghurs

Zulhayat testifies for her brother, Otkur Yarmemet, who returned from Turkey to help his aging parents and was arrested a year later, to be sentenced to 10 years.


There has been an increasing amount of disinformation and deniers about the validity of this issue. Here are testimonies of victims' families compiled by Uyghur Pulse. Take notice of disinformation and keep pushing to close the camps.

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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 one of the many ways Xinjiang China tries to eradicate Uyghurs.

In 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 sites in Kashgar's Old City, a site that holds numerous historical touchstones and cultural significance to Uyghur Muslims. (source 1) (source 2)

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)
Extensive bibliography compiled by Professor Magnus Fiskesjö [email protected]

#HearUyghurs

this is to direct attention to victim testimonies and news. updates will go first.

SCMP: Beijing 2022: ‘China will seriously sanction’ any country that boycotts Winter Olympics, says state-backed media chief - (Keep pushing on #NoRightsNoGames2022)

NYTimes: 'Absolutely No Mercy' Leaked Files Expose How China Organised Mass Detentions of Muslims

Medium: List of Re-education Camps in Xinjiang 新疆再教育集中营列表

Why do Muslim countries stay silent on the Uyghur genocide? - An article by @FreeUyghurNow

“The Government Never Oppresses Us”: China’s proof-of-life videos as intimidation and a violation of Uyghur family unity.

Disinformation, Propaganda and The Uyghur Crisis: The Chinese government’s attempts to craft and promote a false narrative, in respond to international criticism of its large-scale detention of Uyghurs and other Turkic people.

The fight is far from over: A recent investigation uncovers over 5 million blanked out spots in Baidu Maps which reveal 428 locations in Xinjiang bearing hallmarks of newly built concentration camps.

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. - Demand action for brands to stop the exploit of Uyghurs.

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 r*pe. (source).

Inmates were sometimes forced to eat pork, forbidden in Islam, as punishment (Source 1, 2)

Petitions

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Mobilise the cause

Time is up. Tell your favorite brands to stop profiting from Uyghur forced labour.

Write down your supportive words for the Uyghur people to let them know that in the long way of seeking for justice, they are not alone

End Uyghur Forced 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.

Share petitions

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

Advocacy groups

Bitter Winter

Campaign for Uyghurs website

Darman Foundation

Free Uyghur Now

International Support for Uyghurs

Lawyers for Uyghur Rights

NoRightsNoGames website

Save Uyghur

The Silence to You by Yu-Jing Huang

The Tarim Network

Uyghur Tribunal

Uyghur Human Rights Project twitter instagram

Uyghur American Association

Uyghur Bulletin

Uyghur Congress website

Uyghur Aid twitter

Uyghur Pulse channel

World Uyghur Congress

Xinjiang Victims Database

More sources

for succinct and concise links/information i highly recommend these carrds

Let's Get Involved

Help the Uyghurs carrd

Justice For Uyghur Muslims carrd

Save the Uyghurs carrd

The Torture of Uyghur Muslims carrd

The Uyghur Plight carrd

Uyghur Muslim Genocide carrd

Who are Uyghur carrd

Uyghurs on Instagram

Compilation of Instagram accounts on Uyghur culture and people.

@learning.uyghur
@touchofturkestan
@uyghurphotos
@uyghur_people
@uyghurwomenig
@uyghurum.music
@uyghurcollective

Uyghur Business

Buy their stuff, check them out or simply share their profile to others!

Alim Adil Couture
A New Path Clothing
Guzel Zakir Art
Simo Basic
The Uyghur Collective

Activists

A list of advocates for Uyghur rights and voices. Follow them on their respective social medias for more news and close updates on the fight for Uyghur rights.

Abdurehim Gheni
Alfred Uyghur
Arfat Erkin
Aydin Anwar
Erkin Sidick
Jewher Ilham instagram twitter
Raphaël Glucksmann instagram twitter
Zumretay Arkin

Support Uyghurs

Here are some ways you can help amplify Uyghur voices and culture.

Activists and Advocacy groups