The Uyghur crisis and your response

The following content is adapted from Darren Byler’s Action List on his website Living Otherwise, the Uyghur Human Right’s Project’s What You Can Do webpage, as well as some additional content from the Silk Road Peace Project. Last updated: November, 2020

1. Speak out on the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act
a. Contact your Senators directly to urge them to co-sponsor S.3471
b. You can also use this action page.
c. Lobby companies who are in opposition or whose lobbying efforts are making the process difficult. Template letters can be downloaded here.

2. Get your group to endorse the global campaign for fashion brands to end complicity in Uyghur forced labor. The "Call to Action" on human rights abuses in the Uyghur Region in the apparel and textiles sector is supported to date by 250+ trade unions, investors, NGOs, Uyghur groups, and faith-based groups.  Organizations can endorse here >>>

3. Sign these petitions:
a. Read Rahima Mahmut's story. Stand with Rahima and add your name here: Free Uyghur Muslims from forced labor
b. Beijing Olympics: The choice is simple: respect Uyghur rights and close the camps, or lose the 2022 Winter Games. No Rights. No Games
c. Uyghur folklore professor Rahile Dawut— Call for her release.

4. Donate to support the effort:
a. The Uyghur Human Rights Project is the premier North America-based advocacy organization. Supporting them helps to build institutional support for Uyghurs around the world:
b. The Campaign for Uyghurs is another advocacy organization with a special focus on Uyghur women and youth. They are currently raising money to establish a shelter for homeless Uyghur youth who have been literally surviving on the streets of Istanbul. For details see this link.
c. The Silk Road Peace Project is a faith-based non-profit in the US seeking to make a difference through prayer, racial reconciliation, and advocacy. Supporting this effort helps bring together key representatives to build bridges and speak with one voice concerning the Uyghur crisis.

5. Teach the Crisis The Xinjiang Documentation Project at the University of British Columbia hosts the premiere archive of evidence-based tools for teaching the crisis. In addition to timelines, infographics, a lexicon of terms, primary source documents, and scholarship, they also provide lesson plans and teaching guides.

6. Email Jonathan Stivers the Staff Director for the Congressional Executive Commission on China, urging him to use the commission’s influence to fast-track Uyghur asylum applications in the US. Many applicants have been needlessly stuck for years, despite the overwhelming evidence supporting their cases.