By N24 Correspondent, LONDON:- Rushan Abbas, Executive Director of Campaign For Uyghurs (CFU), has called upon major global actors and states to save the lives of innocent Uyghur minorities, who have been the victims of China’s state sponsored and heinous crimes of genocide in Xinjiang.
“I am speaking as an Uyghur, as a sister and a daughter-in-law , who is directly affected by the failure of the international community to prevent this genocide. In order to speak effectively on our responsibility to protect, we must examine our own failures as well,” Abbas said.
Citing frequent deaths of Uyghurs, Abbas said China has set up concentration and torture camps in Xinjiang, where her brothers, sisters and relatives are caged to die inhumanely.
“Just last week, we came to know that our deputy director at CFU had lost her younger brother, Omerjan Matsidiq, in a concentration camp. He was previously healthy. My own sister Dr. Gulshan Abbas was abducted by the Chinese regime because I spoke out to condemn their crimes against the Uyghurs,” Abbas said, adding that it’s been more than 3 years of her sister’s disappearance.
“A number of people continue to treat genocide as something to analyze as an intellectual exercise, but the bitter fact is that Uyghurs are dying. These stories, which are increasingly common experiences for Uyghur families, are not making the news headlines, sadly,” Abbas said.
Abbas said the issues like that of the Uyghur genocide are very much the responsibility of the Western countries. “In this context, the idea of a league of democracies is a very valuable one. Countries with shared values must prevent such crimes against humanity together.”
Abbas, however, noted that the executors of atrocity crimes do not accept the intervention or authority of the international community, which should be prepared to respond accordingly.
“Because of the pluralistic nature of many of our own Western societies, we find that it is difficult to respond in the face of authoritarian threats. One of the major obstacles is that citizens of our own nations may not understand these threats adequately enough to demand a response from their own leaders. As such, civic society education remains a vital piece in creating the accountability for states to shoulder their responsibility,” Abbas said.
In his recent message, Secretary-General of the UN Antonio Guterres highlighted that the imperative to prevent genocide is “foundational to the United Nations.”
“And yet, Mr. Guterres refuses to make any significant remarks on the genocide and crimes against humanity being openly carried out by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Again, pluralism which allows a criminal an equal seat at the table, effectively allowing a criminal to judge his own trial, renders many of our international bodies largely ineffective,” Abbas said.
“It’s time to stop pretending that there were no opportune moments, in which this could have been stopped. The Chinese regime has demonstrated its true character in demanding that various ethnic groups conform to standards of uniformity defined by the CCP for decades now, and under Xi Jinping all the warning signs were present early on.”
Abbas said the restrictive government of China, which openly defends its genocide, is allowing the worst side of human nature to flourish, and the most corrupt to lead the country with no means of address.
“Standing up against China and holding China accountable today, will be actually defending the future of this free world which our parents and grandparents dreamed of and sacrificed so much to establish one,” Abbas said, as she was addressing a round table of intellectuals and human rights activists in Newcastle University, England, UK.
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