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Help stand for freedom for these oppressed people

The Uyghur people of the Xinjiang region in China  are facing a brutal government campaign to destroy their core religious and cultural identity. China has turned the Xinjiang region into a repressive military-police state where Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities face intrusive technological surveillance, modern day slavery, forced sterilizations and abortions, and imprisonment in so-called “re-education” concentration camps. 

The government also uses many Uyghurs as slave labor to produce goods in Xinjiang and in several other regions of China. Government and media reports have determined that:

  • Many Uyghurs face enslavement through forced labor fields & factories

  • Products, including face masks, made with forced Uyghur labor have entered and been sold in American and western markets

  • Evidence of Uyghur forced labor was found in the supply chains of 82 global companies, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Nike, and Volkswagen

Learn more about the Uyghur’s situation and what you can do to help stand for freedom for these oppressed people. 

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Get Informed

Uyghur People

The Uyghurs are a Turkic-speaking minority ethnic group that have lived in central Asia for thousands of years.

About eleven million Uyghurs live in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, China and the large majority are Muslim.

Learn more about these people and why they are facing persecution below.

Concentration Camps

The Chinese government imprisons over one million Uyghurs and other Muslims in concentration camps. In these facilities, named "reeducation schools" by Chinese authorities, Uyghurs are not allowed to practice many of their beliefs and are indoctrinated in the Communist Party's ideology.

Click below to see the imprisoned reality that so many Uyghurs face.

Genocide Determination

The U.S. government made the determination in January of 2021 that the People’s Republic of China, under the direction and control of the Chinese Communist Party, has committed genocide against the Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang, China.

Forced Sterilization and Abortion

The Chinese government is assaulting the future of the Uyghur people through forcibly sterilizing women and aborting children.

Some experts are calling this coordinated campaign to reduce Uyghur birthrates a “demographic genocide.” The AP reports that "The state regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion on hundreds of thousands"

Modern Day Slavery

Chinese officials coerce many former camp prisoners and local Muslim residents to work as modern day slave labor. Uyghurs are often shipped far from their home to work in factories across China.

The products of these enslaved people are even sold in American markets. To help stop the Chinese government from profiting off of slave labor, take a minute to email your Congressperson with our advocacy toolkit.

Technological Surveillance

Even those not imprisoned in the camps still face the virtual bonds of intrusive technological surveillance.

Through cameras, phone tracking, and AI analysis, Chinese authorities look for any indication of potential non-compliance with their social vision. Residents of Xinjiang are rated on a social compliance scale based on this surveillance

This technologies are not only used in Xinjiang, but are potentially going to be used in the rest of China and are already being exported to other authoritarian governments.

Take Action

Actions for Individuals

Stand with the Uyghurs in China and ask your Congressperson to support the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act which will help prevent the Chinese government from profiting off of their brutal repression of religious freedom. Through our advocacy toolkit it only takes one minute to contact your Members of Congress!

Send a Letter

Actions for the U.S. Government

A coalition of 100 organizations and leaders who have signed the attached multi-faith letter asking for Congresspeople to co-sponsor and support the passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (S.3471 & H.R.6210).

This legislation will help protect the fundamental human rights of China’s diverse religious communities by mandating that business verify that they and their suppliers are not supporting the brutal forced labor practices of the Chinese Government. Please reach out to Senator Rubio’s or Representative McGovern’s office to support this vital bill as a cosponsor.

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Video News

Why more than a million Uighurs are being held in camps in China

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Resources

Uyghurs for Sale Report

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute investigated how the forced labor camps in China work and how the products of those camps have entered the global supply chains of many Western companies. 

HRW Uyghur Page

Human Rights Watch continually releases articles, videos, and resources on their site that provide updates on the Uyghur situation. 

Coalition to End Forced Uyghur Labour

This is a coalition of civil society organisations and trade unions working to ensure that leading companies are not supporting or benefiting from the enslavement of the Uyghur population.