Statement of Congressman Tom Suozzi – April 6, 2019, Uyghur Freedom Rally

April 6, 2019

Congressman Tom Suozzi stands with the Uyghurs! He has sponsored legislation to help shed light on the persecution of the Uyghurs and he will continue to speak out on their behalf.

Congressman Suozzi says “The Chinese government’s authoritarian state uses re-education camps and surveillance methods that it pioneered in Tibet to target Uyghurs in Xinjiang, where the Chinese government has created a surveillance state unlike anything the world has seen.

The Chinese Communist Party’s campaign to destroy the cultural and religious identities of ethnic minorities requires more than just words of condemnation, it requires U.S. leadership and action.

I am proud to be part of a legislative body that advocates for the Uyghurs, and for human rights and the rule of law in China. I, along with Representative Smith, and Senators Rubio and Menendez, am leading The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, to hold accountable Chinese officials and businesses responsible for heinous human rights abuses. I am proud to say that Speaker Pelosi has cosponsored this legislation. I will fight for the Uyghurs. The United States’ strength is in our values, and our policies should not be separated from them. We must not lose hope and we must continue to fight for the good of humanity. Thank you for your activism and commitment today, and I wish you all the best and offer you my support in your continued efforts to free the Uyghurs.”

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Statement of Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton – April 6, 2019, Uyghur Freedom Rally

April 6, 2019

Dear friends of the Uyghur community:

Thank you so much for inviting me to be with you today. I am sorry that I am not able to attend, but please know that I stand with you in support of the Uyghur people.

Human rights violations of any kind are unacceptable, and the treatment of the Uyghur people by the Chinese government is no exception. State-sponsored violence and “re-education” camps that suspend civil and religious liberties have no place in East Turkestan or anywhere in the world.

The Uyghur people have suffered for too long under the Chinese government, and it is past time that Congress acted to protect Uyghurs from persecution, forced internment, and violence. That is why I cosponsored two pieces of legislation in the House of Representatives that would condemn human rights abuses against the Uyghur people and impose sanctions on those who support the concentration camps in East Turkestan or otherwise harm the Uyghur population. The U.S. can and should be a global leader in preventing human rights violations against Uyghurs, and I urge my colleagues in Congress to support this important legislation and act on it as soon as possible.

Thank you so much to all of you who are here today. In the short time I have served in the House of Representatives, hundreds of my constituents from Virginia’s 10th District have contacted me about this important issue, and I want to let them know that their voices have been heard. I urge you all to keep up the fight so that together we can end the brutal repression of the Uyghur people once and for all.


                                                                                    Jennifer Wexton

                                                                                    Member of Congress

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Women, Faith & Leadership: UHRP’s Zubayra Shamseden Completes Fellowship


By Omer Kanat, Director

UHRP’s Chinese Outreach Coordinator Zubayra Shamseden recently completed a two-year fellowship with the Institute for Global Engagement’s Center for Women, Faith & Leadership. During her fellowship, Zubayra created “Save the Uyghur Women,” an advocacy folio to mobilize international action on behalf of Uyghur women leaders who are suffering for their faith, professional work, or support for human rights. She also wrote “How the ’empowered voices’ of American Muslim women give me hope and strength: Reflections of a Uyghur human rights activist.”

The Fellowship deepened Zubayra’s connections with a strong community of women leaders, especially her Fellowship cohort, sisters Patricia Oranefo of Nigeria, Olga Sanchez of Mexico, Cecilia Espenilla of the Philippines, Ghada Ghazal of Syria, Yvonne Kamugisha of Burundi, Reyhana Patel of Caribbean/Canada, Robbie Pentecos of the USA; committed staff members of IGE Kristen LundquistAfeefa Syeed, and Margaret Weber; and her fellowship mentor, Louisa Greve. Zubayra will continue to give public presentations based on her research, and welcomes speaking invitations.

Zubayra’s “Save the Uyghur Women” folio and essay are available here:



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