Rushan Abbas, a whistleblower and Uighur activist based mostly in Washington DC, has written an open letter to international pop star Rihanna, asking her to additionally elevate her voice in opposition to the genocidal crimes perpetrated on Uyghur Muslims by the Chinese language authorities.
In an open letter addressed to the award-winning singer, Abbas, whose sister has been positioned in a camp by the Chinese language authorities, requested: “Why aren’t we speaking about this?” relating to the Uyghur genocide. “Why aren’t we speaking about this?” was the phrase utilized by Rihanna in reference to the ongoing farmer agitation in India.
Abbas, the founder and government director of Marketing campaign for Uyghurs, wrote that whereas she didn’t want to assault Rihanna, Hollywood is likely one of the causes the complete world group has turned a blind eye to the plight of Uyghur Muslims.
“Because the Chinese language regime commits energetic genocide, it is usually forcing the silence of Hollywood. In an business that’s fast to touch upon social or political points, it is a hanging betrayal of the values of humanity. When the perpetrator has cash, inaction on confronting it has been sealed,” she wrote in her letter.
Abbas acknowledged that China has used its financial means to purchase the silence of the NBA (Nationwide Basketball Affiliation), of the UN (United Nations), of the (OIC) Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and a number of other different oganisations that ought to elevate their voice. The worship of cash has left so many celebrities, teachers, and others as a hypocritical laughingstock, she stated.
“As a person whose sister is held in these camps, I can’t adequately convey the horror that studying the main points of how these genocidal crimes are being performed out brings to our total household. We’re one of many thousands and thousands,” she wrote.
Abbas stated that her plea to Rihanna is easy: “Please use your voice and the accountability of your superstar to refuse to bow to China’s blood cash and its makes an attempt to silence the world on its crimes in opposition to the very soul of humanity. The way forward for girls, and the freedoms we cherish, are at stake.”
She additionally referenced the most recent BBC report on the systematic rape of Uyghur girls within the detainment camps the place thousands and thousands are being held.
Citing the instance of Gulzira Auelkhan, Abbas stated she informed the UK publication that “the Chinese language males would pay cash to have their choose of the prettiest younger inmates’” and that ‘You’ll be able to’t inform anybody what occurred, you may solely lie down quietly,”. “It’s designed to destroy everybody’s spirit.’”
Sufferer Tursunay Ziawudun additionally gave testimony to the BBC through which she stated “girls have been faraway from the cells ‘each evening’ and raped by a number of masked Chinese language males. She stated she was tortured and later gang-raped on three events, every time by two or three males.”
Abbas stated to Rihanna that her combat for the common rights of younger women may be very noble, however when over 500 thousand Uyghur youngsters are being kidnapped to be indoctrinated, Uyghur women are dealing with government-sponsored pressured marriage to Chinese language males, and Uyghurs are dealing with genocide, “Why aren’t all of us speaking about this?”