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CAIR Action Alert: Join March 30 ‘Call It Genocide’ Uyghur Muslim Rights Rally in Front of Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. – #CALLITGENOCIDE

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/18/21) – On Tuesday, March 30 (noon-1 p.m.), Free Uyghur Now and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) are urging all Americans of conscience to attend the “Call It Genocide” Uyghur Muslim rights rally in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. The rally will be livestreamed from CAIR’s Facebook page.  

Hosted by Free Uyghur Now and CAIR, the rally is co-sponsored by: ICNA-Council for Social Justice (ICNA-CSJ); MAS-PACE; Save Uighur Campaign – Justice for All; Uyghur American Association; World Uyghur Congress; Campaign for Uyghurs; and Uyghur Human Rights Project

WHO: Call it Genocide Rally speakers will include:   

  • Imam Talib Shareef, President and Imam The Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad   
  • Nihad Awad, CAIR National Executive Director  
  • Mosaab Saedia, Free Uyghur Now Board Member
  • Rushan Abbas, Executive Director of Campaign for Uyghurs   
  • Serwi Huseyin, Save Uighur Campaign Team Lead, Justice for All   
  • Mustafa Aksu, Uyghur Human Rights Project Program Coordinator for Research and Advocacy  
  • Arslan Khakiyev, Uyghur American Association Board Member and Treasurer  
  • Note: More speakers are expected to be added.

WHAT: Call It Genocide (#callitgenocide) Rally organizers seek to raise public awareness about China’s campaign of violence and genocide targeting Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic minorities in the Xinjiang region, push the Biden Administration to move more quickly on the State Department’s pending genocide designation, and urge Congress to adopt the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.   

WHERE: Chinese Embassy, 3505 International Pl NW, Washington, DC 20008  

WHEN: Tuesday, March 30, at 12 to 1 PM (ET)   

WATCH LIVE: CAIR will livestream the rally on its Facebook account page: www.facebook.com/cairnational   

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/781799639128075/ 

In a statement by Free Uyghur Now Board Member Mosaab Sadeia:   

“We are standing with our Uyghur brothers and sisters, calling for the designation of the Uyghur genocide and the immediate passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Protection Act, H.R. 1155, in the House of Representatives. We must continue to take the lead globally in passing such critical legislation because Uyghurs cannot wait.”

In a statement by CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw:  

“CAIR is calling on all Americans of conscience to join American Muslims, Uyghur American Muslims, and other Turkic activists in front of the China Embassy to urge the Biden administration and Congress to make it clear when speaking about China’s campaign of terror and violence in the Xinjiang region: Call it Genocide. Adopt the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. Hold China accountable.”  

BACKGROUND:  

CNN recently reported on a forthcoming independent report produced by 50 global experts in human rights working with the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy that has concluded that China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims has “violated every single provision in the United Nations’ Genocide Convention,” and “bears state responsibility for an ongoing genocide against the Uyghur in breach of the (UN) Genocide Convention.”  

SEE: First independent report into Xinjiang genocide allegations claims evidence of Beijing’s ‘intent to destroy’ Uyghur people  
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/09/asia/china-uyghurs-xinjiang-genocide-report-intl-hnk/index.html 

According to human rights monitors, there are at least 1.8 million and as many as 3 million Uyghurs and other ethnic Turkic minorities that are being detained in concentration and forced labor camps. In these facilities, they are forced to renounce their faith, stripped of their human rights, and face torture and other abuses. Through mass detention, forced labor, and forced sterilization, the Chinese government is destroying the Uyghurs’ ethnic and religious identities.      

CAIR has been dedicated in its efforts to mobilize the international community and denounce the atrocious actions of the Chinese government. In December, CAIR joined the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), Free Uyghur Now, and other global allies in a virtual press conference calling on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to join the international community in standing with Uyghur Muslims.    

SEE: U.S. Muslim Coalition in Questioning OIC’s Silence on China’s Abuses of Uyghur, Turkic Muslims     
https://www.cair.com/press_releases/cair-to-join-u-s-muslim-coalition-in-questioning-oics-silence-on-chinas-abuses-of-uyghur-turkic-muslims/ 

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.    

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com    

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