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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Statement– For immediate release
15 December 2020
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
+49 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The WUC welcomes the Op-Ed in The Guardian by Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, and expresses its heartfelt thanks to the Chief Rabbi for speaking out to condemn the grave human rights abuses against the Uyghur people in East Turkistan. As the Chief Rabbi is one of the leading religious authorities in the United Kingdom, his statement is of significant importance for the Uyghur community. 

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With Donald Trump going, who in the free world will stand up for Uighurs now?

The Independent, 01 December 2020

Below is an op-ed in The Independent, by WUC UK Director Rahima Mahmut.

It is now almost four years since I have had any contact with my family in East Turkestan or “Xinjiang”. It is a region in what is now western China that is the historical homeland of the Uighur people and other Turkic Muslims.

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Free Tibet, 25 November 2020

Below is an article published by Free Tibet.

On Wednesday 25th November, Free Tibet, the World Uyghur Congress and the Tibet Community in Britain will announce the launch of their latest critical campaign, #BanChen, calling on the Foreign Secretary to ban human rights abuser, Chen Quanguo, from entering the UK.

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