Mar 1, 2020 —
My name is Nawid, and you signed my petition about standing up for the Uyghur crisis in China. The petition received more than 750,000 signatures and I am in close contact with people from Amnesty Netherlands. Through this mail I want to inform you about the latest updates about the current genocide, as new leaked Chinese state documents are published that show how extreme the oppression of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities goes. Not only in China, but also abroad, they are unsafe, according to a new Amnesty report.
Interviewees told Amnesty that the only way they can communicate with their loved ones in Xinjiang is through the Chinese messaging app; WeChat. Messages in this app are not encrypted and the Chinese government reads along. Hence some Uyghurs make no use of the app or very limited. A few also indicated that the Chinese authorities use social media apps to follow and intimidate them. In addition, Chinese security guards are trying to recruit Uyghurs to spy on other Uyghurs from the community. As a result, Uyghurs do not know whether someone is a spy from the Chinese government, which reinforces the feeling of distrust and fear.
Leaked documents from the BBC shows neat columns with practical information such as name, address and age. But a little further down it is also noted whether and how often someone prays, how many Qurans he/she has, and which family members are in contact. Finally, in the last column: the judgment; whether someone should be released, has to stay, or even has to return to the camps. Wearing a headscarf (hijab), visiting a foreign website and applying for a passport, all of this can be used as a reason to send Uyghurs to the camps.
Various countries have been pressured by China to send Uyghurs back to China. For example, Thailand sent back 100 Uyghurs in 2015 and Egypt sent Uyghur students in 2017. There is a great fear that Uyghurs will be locked up in these so called re-education camp when they return, and they are in great danger if they are sent back. They can get long prison sentences or be tortured. Some evicted Uyghurs have even disappeared!
Never Again Is Happening Again and we need to raise our voice to fight the injustice against the Uyghurs and other ethnic minority groups. World leaders are aware that this is going on and they are turn a blind eye, but we need to let them know that such inhuman acts are not permissible anymore. We, together, can change the situation, but there is so much left to do, so please inform the uninformed, share the petition, and - if possible - fund my campaign so activities can be organized to pressure our governments and to fight injustice.
For any further questions or feedback that could help the campaign, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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