Together for Uyghurs – a Holocaust memorial event
Monday 25 January from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm GMT
As we approach Holocaust Memorial Day, prominent leaders and thinkers share how their beliefs inspire them to action for the Uyghur people.
“At this very moment, an unfathomable mass atrocity is being perpetrated. Though the task is great, none of us are free to desist from it.” UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
“I speak out for the Uyghur people because God loves everyone indiscriminately so there is no one we shouldn’t care for, especially those suffering such terrible injustice and discrimination.” The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Philip Mountstephen
Holocaust Memorial Day encourages remembrance in a world scarred by genocides – and also reminds us that genocide must still be resisted today.
Nowhere is this more urgent than in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where between one and three million Uyghurs and people from other ethnic groups are being held in so-called re-education camps.
In the face of oppression on such a vast scale, we can only hope to prevail by joining together and acting from a place of shared purpose. In this online event, four prominent leaders and thinkers will share ‘How my beliefs inspire me to action for the Uyghur people.’
The aim of this event is to envision and resource people, of all faiths and none, to advocate on behalf of the Uyghurs and to inspire action and prayer within their respective communities.
- The Rt Hon and Rt Rev Lord Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury
- Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism
- Ziba Abbas, daughter of retired Uyghur doctor Gulshan Abbas, who was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison
- Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of Humanists UK and President of Humanists International
- Sonam T Frasi, FCA, RAS, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Northern Europe, Poland and the Baltic States, London, UK