(BALTIMORE, MD, 5/22/19) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Burma Task Force, and the ICNA Council for Social Justice today launched a petition urging Maryland residents to call on their representatives in Congress to support the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 and to pressure China to close its concentration camps where up to 3 million Uyghur Muslims are being held.
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Muslim detainees are forced to eat pork, drink alcohol and renounce their faith. The Chinese government has destroyed mosques in the Xinjiang region and are prohibiting Uyghur Muslims from fasting during the month of Ramadan.
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The petition urges members of Congress to act in support of the human rights of Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic minorities in China by supporting H.R. 649 and S. 178, the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019.
SEE: H.R.649 - Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019
These measures call for:
1) the dismantling of concentration camps in China,
2) the U.S. State Department to place economic and diplomatic sanctions on China through the Global Magnitsky Act,
3) expediting asylum requests of Uyghur and other ethnic minorities who suffer persecution,
4) holding U.S. companies publicly accountable to relay human rights data and use of forced labor if doing business in the region, and
5) the assignment of a special counsel to China’s Xinjiang region that would document the plight of the Uyghur Muslim and other Turkic minorities and report those findings back to Congress.
They also address the intimidation and threats faced by United States citizens and legal permanent residents of Uyghur descent targeted by the Chinese regime.
"China's unconscionable persecution, oppression and surveillance of Uyghur Muslims is a human rights travesty that has been ignored by world leaders for too long," said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. "Never again is happening again on our watch. Through collective action and engagement with elected officials, we can help begin to deliver justice for the Uyghur people."
“Every day brings new information about the cruel conditions of the camps, and this legislation is one way to hold the Chinese government responsible for its grave human rights violations," said Burma Task Force Outreach Director Hena Zuberi. "We need to demand closure of the concentration camps, reunite families and make sure Marylanders of Uyghur and Turkic descent are protected from harassment by the Chinese government while in their homes here."
"The Uyghur situation in China is a human rights crisis, and it is devastating to watch world leaders not pressuring China on it," said ICNA Council for Social Justice Rameez Abed. "As citizens of this world, we must do everything in our power to bring attention to this issue and awareness to our elected officials in hopes that our government will act to stop these crimes against humanity."
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-971-6062