Reform Judaism was represented by Senior Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner at the House of Commons for an event of solidarity with the Uyghur community organised by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, in a panel discussion entitled: “A Warning for Humanity: How can communities unite to protect the Uyghurs?”
A capacity audience heard from Rahima Mahmut of the World Uyghur Congress, as well as Rabbi Janner-Klausner and Government Adviser on Islamophobia Imam Qari Asim at the event hosted by SNP MP Dr Lisa Cameron.
Rahima Mahmut made a plea on behalf of her community that “no oppressor should be able to hide from the public glare” and highlighted the attitude of Chinese officials, one of whom said that the Uyghur community cannot have its human rights violated “because the Uyghur have no human rights at all”.
Senior Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner said, during the same week as Holocaust Memorial Day, “to all those politicians who have stood on platforms this past week and delivered that so often repeated line ‘never again’ – we ask you: to what lengths are you prepared to go to make that statement reality?”. You can watch the whole of Rabbi Laura’s speech on our YouTube channel.
The Uyghur community are facing violations of their human rights and consistent persecution and demonisation by the Chinese government. Reform Judaism will be joining the Board of Deputies and other Jewish communal organisations in calling for condemnation and urgent action to end this treatment of a vulnerable minority group.