Category Archives: Human Dignity

RFA: Japanese woman of Uyghur origin wins seat in Japan’s parliament

Arfiya Eri’s election gives hope to second-generation Uyghurs living in exile, advocates say

A Japanese woman of Uyghur ethnicity and who was educated in the United States has been elected a member of the Japanese parliament — the first person of Uyghur heritage to run as a major party candidate in an election there.

Arfiya Eri, a 34-year-old member of the Liberal Democratic Party, or LDP, was elected on Sunday to the lower house of the Japanese Diet to represent Chiba prefecture’s 5th district. She captured the seat previously held by Kentaro Sonoura, a former LDP lawmaker who resigned last December over a political funds scandal.

The World Uyghur Congress, or WUC, applauded the election of Eri, also known as Alfiya Hidetoshi, as the first Uyghur woman to be elected to any parliament, and the first Uyghur-Japanese politician to hold a seat in the Diet, or Japanese parliament.

Eri beat six other candidates from Chiba to win the contentious election, receiving about 5,000 votes more than the candidate who came in second, said Sawut Memet, a standing committee member of the Japanese Uyghur Association, based in Tokyo.

“This historic victory is significant for the Uyghur Japanese community, as well as the global Uyghur diaspora community,” the organization said in a statement issued Monday. “The WUC firmly believes that she will serve the interests of the Japanese citizens, and the country, at the same time raising the Uyghur issue in the Japanese Parliament and other high-level forums.”

Eri’s election comes as Uyghur rights groups have called on the international community to take concrete action against China for committing severe rights abuses against the mostly Muslim group in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Japan’s government in recent years has expressed concern about human rights conditions in Xinjiang, where the Chinese government has detained Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities in “re-education” camps, monitored them with intrusive digital surveillance technologies, subjected them to forced labor, and worse.

Japan’s Lower House adopted a resolution in February 2022, expressing concern over the human rights situation in China, including the plight of the Uyghurs, and called on Beijing to take measures to address the situation.

That September, WUC President Dolkun Isa asked the Japanese parliament to declare that China’s abuse of the Uyghurs amounted to a genocide, following similar determinations of genocide and crimes against humanity by the U.S. State Department and several Western legislatures.

Her election has “tremendous positive implications for Uyghurs,” showing that they are not “terrorists” as China has made them out to be to justify its repressive policies in Xinjiang, Memet told RFA.


China Uncensored: China’s Secret Police Arrested in America

Two men were arresting for their role in a secret underground Chinese police station in Manhattan, New York. Lu Jianwang and Chen Jinping were part of a network of overseas Chinese police stations that were brought to light by the human rights group Safeguard Defenders last year. In this episode of China Uncensored, we look at some of the activities they confessed to, who else was charged but not arrested, and what this means for US-China relations.

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Two NY residents arrested for running secret Chinese police station: ‘Significant national security matter’
Justice Department calls alleged activity in New York City a ‘significant national security matter’

A Chinese flag hangs between American flags in Chinatown. (Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images)

The FBI and federal prosecutors announced Monday the arrests of two New York residents who allegedly ran an undisclosed Chinese government police station in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood.

Lu Jianwang and Chen Jinping have each been charged with conspiring to act as agents of China’s government, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Breon Peace, the U.S. attorney for that office, said China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) “has repeatedly and flagrantly violated our nation’s sovereignty, including by opening and operating a police station in the middle of New York City.”


China Uncensored: YOU Can Fight Back!

Ever wonder how you can stand up to the Chinese Communist Party? Well, here’s your answer. Xi Jinping has been rapidly expanding its influence in the Pacific, especially in the Pacific Island nation of the Solomon Islands. They’ve used bribes to buy off the corrupt Prime Minster Manasseh Sogavare. A secret security pact could put a Chinese military base on the island. But one man decided to fight back—Daniel Suidani, the premier of Solomon’s Islands’ most populous island, Malaita Province. The CCP is trying to make him disappear, but he has an important warning to America. That’s why we’ve started this GoFundMe campaign to cover the costs of his trip to Washington DC, to tell American politicians about the CCP threat.
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Kuzzat Altay: Growing Up In Communism

Chinese government has been accused of committing widespread human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minority groups in East Turkistan, including mass internment, forced labor, and cultural suppression for years. In this video, Kuzzat Altay talks about the difficulties he experienced in East Turkistan, how the communist regime affected his life during his youth, and the pressures on him and his family. Kuzzat Altay also discusses the films that have had a profound impact on him, highlighting the pivotal role that their messages played in shaping his life.

Kuzzat Altay describes the difficult decision to leave his family and homeland behind in order to escape the oppression of the Chinese government. He explains how his family was targeted by the authorities. Kuzzat himself was also subjected to surveillance and harassment by the authorities, leading him to fear for his safety and that of his family.

Throughout the video, Kuzzat highlights the challenges he faced while leaving the country. He also depicts his journey to Istanbul and what he felt when his plane touched down to Turkey.

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The U.S. Needs to Stop Paying Lip Service to the Uyghur Cause and Start Acting | Opinion
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For the past two decades, I have lived with a heavy burden: My human rights advocacy has come at the cost of my family. My parents have been unable to see their American children and meet their grandchildren. I could not participate in my father’s funeral after he passed away in April last year.

China has sanctioned me due to my role in the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which has been vocal in its critiques of the Chinese government and recommendations to hold them accountable for violations of religious freedom and atrocity crimes. In particular, my work on Uyghur human rights for the past two decades has resulted in retaliation against my family members back in China.

My late father remarked a few years ago that he wished he had passed away already so he could have left this world with good memories. It pains me beyond words that I could not be there to carry my father’s casket in the end and to hold my mother to mourn together. Upon receiving the news of my father’s passing, I still carried on with my trip on behalf of the U.S. government agency. But I will feel forever deprived of what should be a fundamental thing in the free world: to attend a loved one’s funeral and say final goodbyes.

My experience is commonplace in the Uyghur diaspora.

A year after losing my father, I am still struggling to reunite with my mother and introduce her to my children. The Chinese officials’ refusal to let my mother go shows they are waiting for her to die as my father did, which would allow them to close the case without being pressed to account for their actions.

I have not seen my mother since 2004. This Chinese brutality is beyond the pale. My mother lost the life she knew and her husband of 53 years. She deserves to spend whatever time she has left in this world surrounded by her American children and grandchildren.


China Uncensored: China Has the Best Human Rights

In China, there’s no separation of church and state, the state is the church. The state is also the human rights non-governmental organizations (NGO), cultural NGOs, and many other NGOs you can find in China. In this episode of China Uncensored, we look at China’s fake NGOs, how they’re related to the United Front, and why governments in other countries have a hard time seeing them for what they are.

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CFU Condemns Emmanuel Macron’s Visit to China Ignoring Uyghur Genocide

CFU Condemns Emmanuel Macron’s Visit to China Ignoring Uyghur Genocide

Campaign for Uyghurs (CFU) strongly condemns French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to China, where he not only failed to address the ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs and other Turkic people in East Turkistan but also made irresponsible comments legitimizing Xi and the CCP’s genocide and slavery. CFU is deeply disappointed that Macron prioritized economic interests over human rights by staying silent on the ongoing atrocities being committed against the Uyghurs.

Macron’s visit to China is not only deeply concerning for the Uyghur community but also to all the democratic countries. Macron’s failure to speak out against the atrocities being committed against the Uyghurs sends a dangerous message to the Chinese government that their actions are permitted by the EU.

The Uyghurs have been subjected to a brutal campaign of repression and genocide since 2017, which includes mass detentions, forced labor, forced sterilization, and other forms of systematic abuse and torture. Macron’s visit without addressing these human rights violations undermines efforts to hold the Chinese government accountable and to demand justice for the Uyghur people.

Executive Director Rushan Abbas said “It’s extremely disappointing to see President Macron turning a blind eye to the atrocities happening in East Turkistan during his visit to China. By not speaking out against the ongoing genocide of the Uyghurs, he has missed a crucial opportunity to demand justice and put an end to China’s reprehensible campaign of repression and abuse. This is not just a political issue, but a matter of basic human rights and dignity. The fact that our voices are still being ignored only reinforces our determination to fight for freedom and hold the Chinese government accountable for their heinous crimes. We will not rest until justice is served, and the Uyghur people are free from oppression and persecution.”

CFU calls on President Macron to speak out against the ongoing atrocities being committed against the Uyghurs and to use his platform to demand justice for the Uyghurs and to hold the Chinese government accountable for its actions. CFU remains committed to standing with the Uyghur people and advocating for their rights and freedoms. We will continue to raise awareness of the ongoing genocide in East Turkistan and work towards ending it.

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