A packed audience in a House of Commons Committee Room listened to a representative of the persecuted Uyghur Muslims of China make an impassioned plea for her people at an event organised by the Board of Deputies.
Rahima Mahmut, from the World Uyghur Congress gave her views as part of a panel discussion entitled A Warning for Humanity: How Can Communities Unite to Protect the Uyghurs? The event featured Imam Qari Asim, the Government Adviser on Islamophobia, SNP MP Dr Lisa Cameron and Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism.
Qari Asim said: “We said Never Again” but it did happen again in Bosnia. How can we now protect another minority? We must stand up for justice – God is with those who do good, even in the face of adversity, says the Qur’an.”
The Board of Deputies will be calling on the UK Government to support us in condemning human rights violations against the Uyghurs and pressing for an urgent change of course by the Chinese authorities, alongside the Jewish Human rights organisation Rene Cassin and the European Union of Jewish students.