Photo credit: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images
Photo credit: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images

Joint NGO letter calling for the swift passage of US House Resolution 317 on the situation of the Uyghurs in China

19 May 2021

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Via email

Dear Madam Speaker:

We the undersigned groups, urge swift passage of House Resolution 317, condemning the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity committed against the Uyghur people and calling on the President to take “all possible actions” to end these atrocity crimes.

No time is to be lost. The ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity against the Uyghur people must be addressed on an emergency basis.

We commend House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul for introducing the Resolution, and Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks for swift action to secure Committee approval on April 21. We hope you will bring the motion to the floor very soon.

The bipartisan Resolution calls upon the President to “use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States” to refer the People’s Republic of China‘s genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and other Turkic groups to the United Nations for investigation.

Crucially, the Resolution calls for the President to direct the US Permanent Mission to the United Nations to “seize the United Nations Security Council of the circumstances of this genocide and crimes against humanity and lead efforts to invoke multilateral sanctions in response to these ongoing atrocities; and take all possible actions to bring this genocide and these crimes against humanity to an end and hold the perpetrators of these atrocities accountable under international law.”

Uyghurs in the diaspora around the world, and groups concerned with genocide prevention, religious freedom, and human rights for all, fully endorse this Resolution and urge swift passage.

Most sincerely yours,

  1. Uyghur American Association
  2. Uyghur Human Rights Project
  3. Campaign for Uyghurs
  4. World Uyghur Congress
  5. Australian East Turkistan Association
  6. Australian Uyghur Tangritagh Women’s Association
  7. Belgium Uyghur Association
  8. Boston Uyghur Association
  9. Dutch Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation
  10. East Turkistan Association of Canada
  11. East Turkistan Education and Solidarity Association
  12. East Turkistan Foundation
  13. East Turkistan Human Rights Watch
  14. East Turkistan Union in Europe
  15. Isa Yusuf Alptekin Foundation
  16. Japan Uyghur Association
  17. Norwegian Uyghur Committee
  18. Nozugum Foundation
  19. Sweden Uyghur Education Union
  20. Switzerland Uyghur Association
  21. UK Uighur Association
  22. Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Center
  23. Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project
  24. Uyghur Transitional Justice Database
  25. Victoria Uyghur Association
  26. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  27. No Business with Genocide
  28. Jewish World Watch
  29. Minaret Foundation
  30. Jewish Community Relations Council/American Jewish Committee Detroit (JCRC/AJC Detroit)
  31. Jewish Movement for Uyghur Freedom
  32. Justice for All – Save Uighur Campaign
  33. Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
  34. Hong Kong Democracy Council, US
  35. Human Rights in China
  36. Humanitarian China
  37. International Campaign for Tibet (ICT)
  38. International Tibet Network Secretariat
  39. China Against the Death Penalty
  40. China Aid
  41. Citizen Power Initiatives for China
  42. Dialogue China
Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and other NGOs


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