Statements & Press Releases

The Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region press release – 180+ Orgs Demand Apparel Brands End Complicity in Uyghur Forced Labour (1)

23 Jul: End Uyghur Forced Labour

** EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 HKT/5:01 BST/00:01 ET ON 23 JULY 2020** 180+ Orgs Demand Apparel Brands End Complicity in Uyghur Forced Labour Today, 72 Uyghur rights groups are joined by over 100 civil society organisations and labour unions from around the world in calling on apparel brands and retailers to stop using forced labour in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (“Uyghur Region”), known to local people as East Turkistan, and end their complicity in the Chinese government’s human rights abuses. [Visit the…

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27 Jun: Statement on the US President’s Signing of Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (S.3744)

The Uyghur American Association thanks President Donald Trump for signing the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (S.3744) into law today. We are grateful to the President and members of Congress—and their tireless staff—who have been indefatigable defenders of human rights, fundamental freedoms and democratic values in East Turkistan. The United States is, and has always been, a champion for human rights throughout the world. In times of peace and in times of peril, the United States has protected society’s most vulnerable…

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18 Jun: Statement on recognizing June 17th as Uyghur American Friendship Day

On June 17th, 2020, United States President Donald Trump signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (S.3744) into law. The Uyghur community will forever remember June 17th as the day when, for the first time in history, a nation passed a law that addresses the ongoing, unspeakable human rights crisis in East Turkistan. To commemorate this unprecedented action, we propose recognition of June 17th as Uyghur American Friendship Day. On Uyghur American Friendship Day, we thank the American people for…

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04 Jun: Statement in commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre

Today on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, we would like to commemorate the brave Uyghur and Chinese souls who gave their lives in the fight for democracy and freedom against the tyrannical Chinese government. It has been over 30 years and the Chinese government has never been held truly accountable for the June 4th, 1989 massacre. Unfortunately, their action has only continued to worsen. In July 2009, when Uyghurs demonstrated peacefully to protest government’s repressive and unjust policies, the Chinese government…

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27 May: Statement on House Passage of Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (S.3744)

The Uyghur American Association applauds the House passage of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (S.3744) today. We are thankful to Members of Congress who steadily support our arduous struggle for human rights, fundamental freedoms and democratic values in East Turkistan (Xinjiang). The US is a stalwart champion for human rights, even amidst the world’s toughest crises. This law is a strong tool to address the mass detention of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in concentration camps—what US Secretary of…

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25 May: Statement in commemoration of Memorial Day

The Uyghur American Association expresses our deepest appreciation to the brave men and women in uniform who have served our great nation. Today, we remember the fallen heroes who have allowed us to live in this peaceful, prosperous, and free nation. We honor those selfless individuals and families who have sacrificed so much for our collective safety and security. This Memorial Day falls at a significant crossroads in our history. As the COPID-19 pandemic ravages the world, we honor the countless frontline…

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21 May: Statement to US Senators on Senate Passage of Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (S.3744)

Dear Senators, The Uyghur American Association expresses our deepest gratitude to you for passing the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (S.3744) unanimously. The passage of this bipartisan legislation sends a strong message to the Chinese Communist Party: policies that orchestrate mass human rights abuses will not be tolerated. For decades, the CCP has contravened the fundamental standards of a fair and just society. Under CCP rule, millions of innocent Uyghurs—ordinary teachers, scholars, writers, shopkeepers, clerics, and others—have been rounded up…

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21 May: Statement on Hong Kong “National Security” Law

The Uyghur American Association is deeply concerned by the “Establishment and Improvement of the Legal System and Implementation Mechanism for the Safeguarding of National Security in the Hong Kong SAR” law proposed by the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing. Hong Kong maintains a robust legal system, democratic institutions, and respect for rule of law. Hong Kong developed into the global economic and cultural hub that it is today because of its democratic system of governance and strong civil society. Since the…

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14 May: Statement to Community Members on Senate Passage of Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (S.3744)

Dear Community, After many months of hard work and dedication from the Uyghur American community and its allies, S.3744 (formerly S.178) – Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 has passed the US Senate! The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for a final vote. Our celebration is matched by a sense of heavy responsibility. We know Uyghurs back home face unspeakable suffering. Countless innocent Uyghurs have been locked up in concentration camps. Tens of thousands have been forced to…

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23 Apr: Statement in Celebration of Ramadan

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters, The Uyghur American Association wishes you and your families a safe, peaceful and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a sacred time for reflection, love, and dedication to faith and community. It reminds us of the critical importance of serving others, especially the most vulnerable, during these difficult times. During Ramadan, we hope that you will join us in praying for the safety and wellbeing of the Uyghur nation. Millions of Uyghur men and women have been arbitrarily detained…