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Congressional Uyghur Caucus Relaunched in the U.S. Congress

The Congressional Uyghur Caucus founded in 2021, by Representatives Suozzi and Smith “to unite U.S. Congress Members committed to advocating for the human rights of the Uyghur people” was relaunched. A press release announcing the relaunch said “Today, Representatives Tom Suozzi (D-NY) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) announced the relaunch of the bipartisan Congressional Uyghur Caucus to raise awareness of the Chinese Community Party’s (CCP) “systemic human rights violations against the Uyghur people in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and to support legislation aimed at addressing the largest coordinated human rights abuse campaign of the 21st century.”

“What’s happening to Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang should shock everyone’s conscience. As Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Uyghur Caucus, I will continue to stand up, call out, and push back against the Chinese Communist Party for its oppression and persecution of Uyghur Muslims,” said Suozzi.

“Every day reveals new horrors unfolding for Uyghurs in East Turkistan. This genocide demands a response that matches its depravity, and the Caucus shows promise of tangible policy actions to confront the horror. The leadership of Representatives Suozzi and Smith and their tireless advocacy for Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kongers, and Southern Mongolians is a testament to their integrity and moral compass. We could not be more grateful,” said Rushan Abbas, the Founder and Executive Director of Campaign for Uyghurs, who was present with Reps. Suozzi and Smith at the announcement.

Dolkun Isa, President of World Uyghur Congress stated “We welcome the launch of Congressional Caucus on Uyghurs. It is a vital step forward to foster solidarity and move towards concrete action. Representatives Tom Suozzi and Chris Smith have shown the best of humanity’s capacity for strength in the face of injustice.”

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