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Remember Edmund Burke – do something about Uyghur genocide

Posted on Sunday, February 7th, 2021

As the Trade Bill returns to House of Commons on Tuesday, Mia Hasenson-Gross, Executive Director of the Jewish human rights charity, René Cassin, is making the following plea to MPs:

The founder of modern conservatism, Edmund Burke, is famously said:

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.

There can be few evils greater than that being inflicted on the Uyghur people by the Chinese Communist Party. Last month, the Foreign Secretary told MPs “we have a moral duty to respond”, having itemised the regime’s horrific barbarism: “Internment camps, arbitrary detention, political re-education, forced labour, torture and forced sterilisation. All on an industrial scale”.

I make a simple plea to those same MPs. Remember the words of Edmund Burke.

Please do something.

  • Do something that will enhance the UK’s reputation as a force for good in the world
  • Do something that will deter tyrants and defeat evil
  • Do something that will help the Uyghur people who are today being crushed by the inhuman cruelty of the Chinese Communist Party

I ask in the name of René Cassin, the French-Jewish co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration was the world’s response to the atrocities of Nazism when, in its words, “… disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind”.

When these words are echoed by those of the Foreign Secretary only last month, I fear that “Never Again!” is becoming “yet again”.

Please support the ‘Genocide Amendment’.

Thank you.