(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/3/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for “immediate and concrete” action by the Biden administration and the international community following a BBC report on mass rape, sexual abuse and torture in Uyghur concentration camps in China’s Xinjiang province.
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Last month, CAIR welcomed the Trump Administration’s decision to declare China’s actions against Uyghurs Muslims a “genocide,” which the Biden Administration is currently reviewing. The United States was the first country to adopt these terms to describe the Chinese government’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes U.S. Labeling of China’s Actions Against Uyghur Muslims as ‘Genocide’
CAIR is urging the Biden administration to quickly resolve any procedural errors in the Trump administration’s recognition of the genocide, and to go further by recognizing the BBC reports as evidence of genocidal rape.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“Given this new evidence of systemic rape and sexual abuse against Uyghur women in Chinese concentration camps, it is incumbent upon the Biden administration and the international community to take immediate and concrete action to stop this ongoing crime against humanity.
“Muslim-majority nations also have a special responsibility to speak out against China’s genocidal campaign to eradicate Islam and Muslims from the region. All members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation must unite to put political and economic pressure on China until it changes course.
“Nations around the world declared ‘never again’ on the recent anniversary marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Now is the time to make that slogan a reality in China.”
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CAIR recently 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 and other Turkic ethnic minorities.
SEE: CAIR to Join U.S. Muslim Coalition in Questioning OIC’s Silence on China’s Abuses of Uyghur, Turkic Muslims
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 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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