The Silk Road Peace Project
The Silk Road Peace Project is a movement of prayer, racial reconciliation, and advocacy, seeking peaceful resolution to an unprecedented human rights crisis unfolding in NW China. It was established as a non-profit by a small group of concerned individuals with many years of experience in the region, as well as proficiency in the languages and cultures involved. It is our conviction that the majority and minority cultures and laguages of this region each possess a unique glory which deserve the same respect and protection. See "Never again is happening again" below for additional essential background.
Calendar: "Let my people go!"
Media production: "A Vanishing Glory"
Media production: "Voice for the Voiceless"
Never again is happening again
Reliable sources indicate that up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities (Kazakh and Kyrghiz) are being held in "re-education camps" in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The entire province is under a high-tech form of martial law with a dense network of facial recognition cameras and police check-points. This unique combination of concentration camps plus high tech surveillance has created an Orwellian nightmare unprecedented in human history.
Eye-witness accounts indicate that brain-washing techniques, psychiatric drugs, torture, sexual abuse, malnutrition, and unsanitary conditions are rampant in the camps. A severe religious persecution is also underway, targeting both the large Muslim population as well as Christians and other smaller groups. In addition, extreme cultural repression is taking place province-wide including a ban on minority languages, ethnic dress, customs, and even decor.
Recently (March, 2021), the first comprehensive legal analysis was completed to addresses the question of whether the crisis officially qualifies as "genocide" under the 1948 Genocide Convention. Their jarring conclusion: Five out of the five conditions set forth in the Convention have been met — a Uyghur genocide is clearly taking place.
Why is it happening?
The XUAR (in NW China), has a long history of racial and political tension. However, in the last four years the Chinese government has abruptly changed course - from a policy of relative tolerance to one of extreme repression. While the new policy is being carried out under a pretext of "anti-extremism," the severity is completely out of proportion to any credible threat to national security. Thousands of families have been split apart as fathers and mothers have been incarcerated leaving children behind in government-run orphanages (many of which are just scaled down versions of the re-education camps). These families (all citizens of China) are not suffering because they broke the law. They are suffering because of their ethnic background.
Why is Silk Road Peace Project needed?
There are many well-respected organizations around the world focused on human rights. Likewise, there are a number of faith-based organizations who focus on the spiritual dimension of regions in crisis. However, there are not many groups that take a wholeistic approach — who reconginze the need to engage both dimensions at the same time. In addition, the XUAR is remote and complex, requiring a deep understanding of the history and cultures involved.
That's where the Silk Road Peace Project comes in. We have decades of experience in the region and we recognize the need to engage both the human rights and the spiritual dimensions for maximum effectiveness.
What are the specific involvements of Silk Road Peace Project?
- Convening multi-ethnic gatherings to promote understanding and reconciliation.
- Developing media resources to help bring awareness of the seriousness of the situation - see examples above.
- Reaching out to members of affected communities to help with practical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
- Facilitating prayer gatherings to focus on key factors in the crisis.
- Providing venues where victims' voices can be heard.
- Joining efforts to inform government leaders and to support appropriate legislation.
How can I get involved?
- Give financially. We depend on donations to host events, cover travel expenses, host this website, etc. All donations are tax-deductible and go directly to support efforts connected to the Uyghur crisis. Nobody involved with the project receives any salary or compensation from these donations.
- Attend an advocacy event or prayer gathering.
- Communicate with companies whose supply chain is tainted by Uyghur forced labor.
- Contact your representatives in government.
For an up-to-date list of specific action steps, please see the Your Response page on this website.
Contact us for more information
Due to the sensitive nature of the issue we are seeking to address, we do not post names and addresses on this website. However, feel free to email us and we will send you a reply: Clck here for contact form.