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CAIR Welcomes Coordinated Sanctions by US, UK, Canada and EU Allies Over China’s Genocide Targeting Uyghur Muslims

On March 30, Free Uyghur Now, CAIR and human rights partners will hold a “Call It Genocide” Uyghur Muslim rights rally in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed coordinated sanctions by the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union (EU) targeting China for its genocidal campaign against Uyghur Muslims.

Chinese officials were sanctioned for “serious human rights abuses” against Uyghur Muslims. The United States designated Wang Junzheng, secretary of the Party Committee of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and Chen Mingguo, director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau “pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and targets perpetrators of serious human rights abuse and corruption.”

The EU named Zhu Hailun, former head of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), and three other officials over the detention and indoctrination program targeting Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.

SEE: US and allies announce sanctions against Chinese officials for ‘serious human rights abuses’ against Uyghurs

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/22/politics/us-eu-china-uyghur-sanctions/index.html

U.S. and allies set to announce coordinated sanctions on China over Uyghurs ‘genocide’

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/22/us-and-allies-set-to-announce-coordinated-sanctions-on-china-over-uighur-genocide-477434

New coordinated sanctions on China

https://www.politico.com/newsletters/global-translations/2021/03/22/germany-after-angela-merkel-china-sanctions-492196

Uighurs: UK sanctions four Chinese officials over ‘appalling violations’ of human rights in Xinjiang

https://news.sky.com/story/uighurs-uk-sanctions-four-chinese-officials-over-appalling-violations-of-human-rights-in-xinjiang-12253714

In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:  

“We welcome these new sanctions as a signal that the international community is beginning to take China’s genocidal campaign against Uyghur Muslims seriously. The entire world, especially Muslim-majority nations, must speak out and take concrete action to end China’s use of concentration camps, forced labor rape and torture to eradicate an entire ethnic group.”

He noted that on Tuesday, March 30 (noon-1 p.m.), Free Uyghur Now, CAIR and human rights partners will hold a “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

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/ 

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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