US-based Uighur rights activist Rushan Abbas rose to prominence in 2019 when his sister disappeared in Xinjiang province. From then on, he doubled his efforts and a new one was created Campaign for Uighurs gathered the efforts of thousands of people to mention the plight of the Uighurs in China, while trying to find out about his sister’s whereabouts.
Its history, as well as the oppression of its ethnic minorities, is depicted in Looking for my brother, a documentary film directed by Jawad Mir, a Pakistani-born filmmaker based in Canada. This Monday, at 3.30pm, the two will be in Lisbon, at the Catholic University’s Faculty of Human Sciences, for a film screening and available to answer questions from the public, as leader of the Uygur World Congress Abdulhakim Idris.
Abbas’s role was crucial in making America aware of Beijing’s policies towards its people, which some classify as genocide, and which involve the creation of concentration camps (the regime calls them re-education camps), where the Uighurs suffer. all kinds of abuse.
Rushan Abbas was heard more than once in the US Congress, which passed the Forced Labor Prevention Act, which prohibits imports of products from the Chinese territory.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet resigned from her post earlier this month with the publication of a report condemning China for “serious human rights abuses in the context of implementing the government’s counterterrorism and anti-terrorism strategy.” other Muslim religious minorities and said he had been under “tremendous pressure” not to release the report.
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