The Repression of Uyghur Muslims in China

Nury Turkel is one of the most prominent Uyghur activists in the United States. He is a human rights attorney and author. His recently published book “No Escape” is a powerful memoir that lays bare China’s repression of the Uyghur people. Turkel is co-founder and board chair of the Uyghur Human Rights Project and a Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, along with Rabbi Kleinbaum.

In recent years, the People’s Republic of China has rounded up as many as three million Uyghurs, placing them in what it calls “reeducation camps,” facilities most of the world identifies as concentration camps. There, the genocide and enslavement of the Uyghur people are ongoing. The tactics employed are reminiscent of the Cultural Revolution, but the results are far more insidious because of the technology used, most of it stolen from Silicon Valley.

In Turkel's words, “Communist China has created an open prison-like environment through the most intrusive surveillance state that the world has ever known while committing genocide and enslaving the Uyghurs on the world’s watch.”

Born in 1970 in a reeducation camp, Turkel was lucky enough to survive and eventually make his way to the US, where he became the first Uyghur to receive an American law degree. Since then, he has worked as a prominent lawyer, activist, and spokesperson for his people and advocated strong policy responses from the liberal democracies to address atrocity crimes against his people.

The Uyghur crisis is turning into the greatest human rights crisis of the twenty-first century, a systematic cleansing of an entire race of people in the millions. Part Anne Frank and Hannah Arendt, "No Escape" shares Turkel’s personal story while drawing back the curtain on the historically unprecedented and increasing threat from China.

The Jewish community has become very involved in supporting the movement to save and liberate the Uygur people who are Muslim. CBST and Rabbi Kleinbaum have signed onto letters of support.

READ MORE (via The Hill): "Jewish groups push Biden to take more action on Uyghur genocide in China"

READ THE OPEN LETTER TO PRES. BIDEN from the Jewish community about the Uyghur Genocide, signed onto by Rabbi Kleinbaum and CBST.

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