One Big Thing: How will the COVID-19 outbreak affect Uighurs?
Do you think action should be taken against China for its treatment of Uighurs?
What is it?
- With the spread of COVID-19, many concerns have been expressed about the Uighur population in Xinjiang – An ethnic group of Chinese Muslims living in former Eastern Turkmenistan and current northwest China. Since the beginning of the outbreak, several groups have documented the starvation and effective house arrest of millions of residing in Xinjiang.
- The Chinese government has also been accused of forcibly moving Uighurs across the country to keep factories open in the wake of COVID-19-driven worker shortages.
Why is it important?
- Currently, there are estimated to be over 1 million Uighurs unjustly imprisoned in state-run “reeducation camps”. Some experts have used a cruise ship as an example to illustrate the speed and deadliness of a COVID-19 outbreak in prison-like conditions.
- There has been an effort by the Chinese government to silence Uighurs living abroad who are willing to speak out. Often, Uighur activists’ families and friends who are still living in China face the repercussions of their work.
What can you do?
One Big Thing: World Press Freedom DayJournalists play a major role in the promotion and protection of democracy and our unalienable rights, and they must be able to Short Video
Local News Source Guide - Western RegionArizona - AZ AZCentral New Mexico - NM Albuquerque Journal Oregon - OR The Oregonian Nevada - NV Las Vegas Review Journal
Ask the Expert - Episode 6: When can you expect to know the election result?As a part of the We Hold These Truths 2020 Election Center , the Ask the Expert Series with Trevor Potter will provide you with Short Video
People of Hong Kong Receive Leadership AwardThe second annual John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service has been awarded to the people of Hong Kong in recognition News
How do you plan on practicing Maverick voting?Almost two years ago, we made the call for Mavericks – people who challenge the status quo; people who defend the dignity of
Join we hold these truths and take action on human rights