On Human Rights Day 2017, Stand up for Uyghur Human Rights - Add Your Voice!

"Human rights are everyone’s rights.”

For immediate Release

December 7, 2017, 2:30 pm EST

Contact: Uyghur Human Rights Project +1 (202) 478 1920

For Human Rights Day 2017, the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) asks you to stand up for Uyghur rights by recording a message of solidarity to the United Nations website.

This year, the United Nations has created a dedicated page for individuals to post their support for human rights. Click on this link (https://www.un.org/en/udhr-video/registration.shtml), enter your name, language, the Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) you wish you highlight, your country, and email. Then, click “Record” and follow the instructions to register your message.

“By recording a message of support for the fundamental human rights of the Uyghur people, individuals can let Beijing know that the plight of the Uyghur people is not forgotten. China hopes it can avoid meaningful discussion of its poor record on political, economic, and cultural rights in East Turkestan and this tool is an opportunity for concerned individuals to tell Xi Jinping that denial of human rights contravenes international standards of behavior,” said UHRP Director Omer Kanat.

The annual December 10 commemoration of the adoption of the UDHR (in English, Uyghur, Chinese) by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 is a reminder of the indivisibility of human rights and of government obligations to meet international human rights standards.

UHRP has consistently documented the Chinese government’s violations of the Uyghur peoples’ fundamental human rights. Please find below links to three of UHRP’s reports on human rights abuses in East Turkestan and the corresponding Article in the UDHR:

Report: Act Now for Uyghur Political Prisoners

Article 10: Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Report: Sacred Right Defiled: China’s Iron-Fisted Repression of Uyghur Religious Freedom

Article 18: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Report: Trapped in a Virtual Cage: Chinese State Repression of Uyghurs Online

Article 19: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

UHRP thanks you for your support.