72 years ago today the world came together to say “Never Again!”
72 years ago the world came together to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
72 years later, today on Human Rights Day, China is committing one of the most extensive and systematic human rights violations since 1945. Millions of Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities are held in concentration camps, exploited, abused, and dehumanized.
As young Jews, on the eve of Chanukkah, we can’t be quiet in the face of injustice.
Today, Jewish activists in 30 cities, on three continents, around the world, rolled out a large-scale copy of the Declaration in front of the entrances to Chinese Embassies, demonstrating how China tramples Human Rights every day.
We are saying Never Again. Right Now!
OPEN LETTER TO THE UN SECRETARY GENERAL!
Alongside twenty-two other signatories from over 10 countries around the world, we have just sent an open letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, calling on the UN to assign a Special Rapporteur to monitor crimes against the Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities in China.
The United Nations was founded on the promise of “Never Again” and so the very same body cannot stand by in relative inaction in the face of genocide and when its founding principles are being so grossly violated.
OPINION: On Chanukkah we must stand in solidarity with Uyghur Muslims
“As human beings, we demand from the international community faithfulness to its own principles, and to stand by the commitment of “Never Again”, the founding promise of the United Nations. Too many times, the world has stood idly by while genocide has taken place. As Jews, we know this all too well.”
On the intertwining first night of Chanukah with International Human Rights Day, we teamed up with our friends across the pond at the Jewish Movement for Uyghur Freedom (JMUF) to say, as Jews, we must stand up against China’s persecution of its Uyghur Muslim minority in remembering the collective history of our people and in upholding human rights. Our Policy Officer, Ilan Selby and JMUF Communications Coordinator, Jonah Kaye, wrote an op-ed for the Jewish News website.