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Persecuted Uyghurs Need Political Leaders to Step Up

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Friday, 6 August 2021

Tags: Chinese Communist Party, China, Human Rights

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens, and all Tasmanians who are distressed about the Chinese Government’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Chinese dissidents, today I added my signature to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China’s letter to Moroccan Justice Minister, Mr Mustapha Ramid.

The Moroccan government has detained, and is considering extraditing, Idris Hasan (Yidiresi Aishan) following an international arrest warrant issued by the Chinese government.

NGOs like Amnesty International believe Mr Hasan is at significant risk of arbitrary detention and torture if he is extradited.

Australian Uyghur communities also live in fear. They face intimidation and threats from the CCP and its supporters in Australia. 

Human rights matter. As citizens of a free and democratic nation, we who can speak up most do so.

In China, Uyghurs, Tibetans and other ethnic minoritiesare  being persecuted and threatened with mass internment, forced marriage and sterilisation of Uyghur women, and torture every day. By definition, this is an attempted genocide by the Chinese Communist government.

I urge other Members of the Tasmanian Parliament to join the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, to advocate for people like Idris, and to speak the truth about the unconscionable conduct of the current regime in China.

When Parliament returns, the Greens will be taking up the case of Idris Hasan, and the plight of all Uyghur peoples and other ethnic minorities being persecuted in China.