Words of condemnation will not save the Uyghurs from genocide – we need action

On January 28th, the Uyghur community joined the rest of the world in remembering the victims of the Holocaust and the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. But despite Despite all the “Never Again’s” and pledges from politicians to learn the lessons of history, the world continues to be scarred by atrocity crimes.

WUC UK Director, Rahima Mahmut, publishes an op-ed in Politics Home:
https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/words-of-condemnation-will-not-save-the-uyghurs-from-genocide-we-need-action

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ACTION ALERT: UK PARLIAMENT TO VOTE ON A DIPLOMATIC BOYCOTT OF THE 2022 BEIJING WINTER OLYMPICS

Members of Parliament in the UK are set to vote on a motion on Thursday, July 15th, that would call for the Government to decline invitations for its representatives to attend the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The motion was proposed by Tim Loughton, a Conservative MP, but has strong cross-party support. The vote follows parliament’s unanimous passing of a motion in April that declared that China’s actions in East Turkestan amount to genocide.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC APPLAUDS PASSING OF GENOCIDE MOTION IN THE UK HOUSE OF COMMONS

Press Release – For Immediate Release
22 April 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or
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The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) applauds the unanimous passing of the genocide motion in the British House of Commons today. By voting in favour of the motion, British MPs have taken a strong position that underscores that the UK cannot sit in silence whilst national parliaments around the world are debating this exact question. 

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Whips accused of ‘bullying’ rebels over anti-genocide Trade Bill amendment

The Telegraph, 08 February 2021

Below is an article published by The Telegraph. Photo AFP.

Government whips have been accused of resorting to “bullying” and “veiled threats” in an attempt to avoid an embarrassing House of Commons defeat over the Trade Bill.

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The Genocide Amendment: Why is the UK Government dragging its feet? (Part I)

Oxford Human Rights Hub, 27th January 2021

Below is an article published by Oxford Human Rights Hub.

On 7 December 2020, the House of Lords debated the Trade Bill that defines the UK’s post-Brexit trade relationships and engaged with the question of what should happen if the trading partner stands accused of committing genocide. A few members tabled a cross-party amendment, the so-called Genocide Amendment (also known as the Alton Amendment) that aims to equip the High Court to make a determination of genocide, a determination that could then be subsequently used to revoke international bilateral trade agreements with the state standing accused of committing genocide.

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The UK must act now to save Uighur lives from ethnic cleansing

The Times, 19 January 2021

Below is an article by WUC UK Director Rahima Mahmut, published by The Times.

In September 2000, I left my beloved homeland and my entire family, including my five-year-old son, behind and came to the UK; my son joined me two years later. After witnessing first-hand the violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations against my people in 1997, I felt compelled to leave.

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Once Jews, Now Uighurs: Why Would Volkswagen Want to Be Complicit in Another Genocide?

Haaretz, 28 December 2020

Below is an article published by Haaretz.

An open letter to Stephan Wollenstein, Chief Executive of Volkswagen, China 

Dear Dr Wollenstein, 

Last week, in a BBC interview, you defended your company’s decision to continue operating a car plant in the Uighur region of China, where forced Uighur Muslim slave labor is rampant, and up to three million Uighurs are detained in concentration camps. 

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