Stand With Uyghurs
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)
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]
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Officials claim that all criticism of China’s policies are a foreign conspiracy, going so far as to say that “the happiest Muslims in the world live in Xinjiang.”
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 rape. (source).
Inmates were sometimes forced to eat pork, forbidden in Islam, as punishment (Source 1, 2)
do not donate to change.org petitions. your donation does not go directly to the cause!
Mobilise the cause
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.
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
Uyghur Human Rights Project twitter instagram
Uyghur American Association
Xinjiang Victims Database
Campaign for Uyghurs website
Uyghur Congress website
Uyghur Aid twitter
Uyghur Pulse channel
Darman Foundation Save Uyghur carrd
Support a Uyghur concentration camp survivor in the U.S
Buy Uyghur cookbook 'Silk Road Recipes: Parida's Uyghur Cookbook' by Gulmira Propper
Muslimgiving: Feed a Uyghur family
OnenationUK: Help feed Uyghur family refugees in Istanbul
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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