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The Uyghur Genocide

What is happening to the Uyghur people?

Currently, 1-3 million Uyghur people are in concentration camps in East Turkestan, now known as Xinjiang, China. In order to erase the Uyghur people and culture, the Chinese government is using the following tactics: 

  • Forced sterilization
  • Brainwashing and torture
  • Re-educating children with Han Chinese values
  • Modified genetics of offspring through rape and forced marriage
  • Murder

Genocide Efficiency

In 2017, The Chinese government implemented the Integrated Joint Operations Platform, a system that aggregates data and facial recognition surveillance on Uyghurs. It is monitored by an algorithm that “predicts crime” and incarcerates the Uyghur people based on practices of Islam, behavior and race.

Genocide Denial

The CCP leads an international disinformation campaign which has contributed to doubt, denial and inaction. Due to the CCP’s economic leverage, many governments, corporations and public figures choose not to speak out against the genocide

Our Role


Visibility is the first step to countering the Chinese Community Party’s (CCP) genocide denial. Governments and businesses are unlikely to act without a coordinated push from socially-aware individuals. We work to create and launch content that can be circulated to spread the truth in the words of the Uyghur people. 

Produced media

The Uyghur Genocide Explained

Narrated by Babur Ilchi from Campaign for Uyghurs. This is a brief, fact-checked animation video that describes the Uyghur genocide in the words of Uyghur people.

In Search of My Sister

This documentary follows the story of an American Uyghur activist, Rushan Abbas. Due to Rushan’s brave activism, her sister became one of 1.8 – 3 million Uyghurs detained in concentration camps by the Chinese Communist Party. In Search of My Sister is now being screened with US Embassies around the world, and Holocaust museums within the United States.

Impact Campaigns

2022 Winter Olympics

The Jewish movement for Uyghur freedom. This is an interfaith, bipartisan Jewish led group. The main aim of this coalition is to counter the genocide