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Uyghur Week of Action

Posted on Friday, March 19th, 2021

To raise global awareness and create lasting change for the Uyghurs, René Cassin has partnered with Jewish World Watch and other organisations to advocate, engage businesses and challenge China’s human rights abuses during a Uyghur Week of Action.

This Passover, we are launching our #MakeThisSederDifferent action, urging Jewish families to place a piece of ethically-sourced cotton and yellow raisins on their Seder Plate in recognition of the genocide being committed against Uyghur Muslims. See more here

Tuesday 30 March – Uyghur Freedom Seder, 7.00 pm UK time

The Jewish and Uyghur peoples are inextricably linked together through our unique but strikingly similar histories of persecution. We will use the Seder model to amplify the Uyghur people’s voices and highlight the human rights atrocities being perpetrated against them to compel the global Jewish community to take action in coordinated and strategic ways. Sign up here for this global gathering.

Wednesday 31 March – Global Advocacy Day

There is currently pro-Uyghur legislation under deliberation in a number of countries worldwide, many more have yet to bring an action to the floor. Together with over a dozen international organisations, the Jewish and Uyghur communities will contact our representatives. Ask your MP – using this template – to sign Early Day Motion 1681 recognising the atrocities against the Uyghurs as genocide and crimes against humanity and imposing ‘Magnitsky’ sanctions on those most responsible for these atrocities.

 Thursday 1 April – Global Day of Business Engagement

Businesses such as Volkswagen, Apple, Zara, Nike, and more than 90 other multinational corporations source goods from factories said to be using Uyghur forced labour. We will be reaching out to these retailers to encourage them to ethically improve their supply chains.

In particular, we ask that you write to the CEO of the Volkswagen Group in China – using this template – urging him to lead the necessary changes so that Volkswagen can cleanse itself of the stain of association with yet another regimen committing genocide on its people. More about Volkswagen’s Nazi and Xinjiang connections to forced labour here.

Rabbi Dr Barbara Borts, and Benny Ross, Council member at Newcastle Reform Synagogue,