Uyghur muslims are being killed and tortured in concentration camps in China. It makes one feel hopeless when you realise how strong China is and how little media coverage this issue is getting compared to other matters. My grandma, who lives in Lithuania and watches news all the time, was shocked when I told her about the genocide that is happening. She haven’t heard a word about it.
Despite how small we feel, we can’t sit and do nothing. So there’s how to help in spreading awareness and hopefully one day bringing this to an end.
1. Talk about it
Do Millennials and Gen-Zs even watch TV anymore? Probably not so much. We are on social media all the time. So speak up. Share on your stories, text about to your friends and family that may not know about it, post about it.
2. Sign petitions
A lot of people are sceptic whether signing petitions really influences change. However, one thing is clear – petitions spread awareness, educate and encourage people to do their research. Hence, it’s definitely a one step closer to justice.
A few links to start with:
No rights. No games. A petition that demands IOC to take action in ensuring the camps are closed ahead of the Olympics in 2022
Free Uyghurs from forced labor in China.A call to put pressure on Chinese government to end forced Uyghur labour
Petition to Stop Disney Profiting from the Uyghur Genocide . Apart from not watching Mulan yourself, you can also sign a petition that demands Disney to take responsibility.
If you feel like you are in a place to do more, you may also donate to organizations supporting Uyghur muslims.
Few of them are:
- Pennyapeal. Donate to Uyghur refugees.
- UHRP.ORG. Donate to Uyghur Human Rights Project
- IDRF.CA. Emergy relief to Uyghurs.
4. Shop consciously
Don’t forget that some of your favorite brands may be using products made by Uyghur forced labor. By not supporting them, you make them rethink what sources they get their supplies from. Do your research before buying new clothes. Even better, shop from local, conscious businesses or get some unique items from second-hand stores.