RMT AGM says: no to the oppression of the Uyghur people!

The recent Annual General Meeting of the National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers (RMT) took a strong stance in opposition to China’s oppression of the Uyghurs. The motion it passed overwhelmingly, submitted by my branch, RMT Bakerloo, described the oppression as “one of the worst human rights abuses ongoing in the world today”, and noted the class element of the oppression via the policy of forced labour. The motion situated support for Uyghur human rights in the tradition of workers’ action against injustice, and cited “Scottish factory workers who refused to repair jet engines for Pinochet’s regime, and dockers who have refused to load ships transporting munitions to Saudi Arabia.”

SOAS students launch campus Uyghur Solidarity Action Week: 11-15 October

Students in SOAS Uyghur Society have launched a week of action, calling on students and workers to join in the action on their respective campuses. Awareness has been growing amongst young people especially through online activism, and so this week aims to turn that awareness into concrete action, to reach out to others in the university community, and carry out public protests to draw attention to and put pressure on those complicit in the genocide. 

China, Hong Kong & the Uyghurs: support our solidarity motion at Labour Party Conference

Thanks to East & South-East Asians for Labour (Labour’s official affiliated society for ESEA members), the solidarity motion drafted by us and Labour Movement Solidarity with HK has been submitted in full to Labour Party Conference! You can read it below. It is set to be merged with the Uyghur rights motion already submitted byContinue reading “China, Hong Kong & the Uyghurs: support our solidarity motion at Labour Party Conference”

Solidarity motion going to Labour Party conference – but we still need your help

You may remember when we announced that – together with our friends at LMSHK – we had written a motion for the September 2021 Labour Party conference. Now, parts of this motion are on their way to be debated and voted on at the conference – but we need your help to get the full proposals there.

Protest Samsung’s Uyghur forced labour links & Olympic sponsorship

Sunday 8th August is the final day of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and will include the closing ceremony. We will mark this day with a protest outside the flagship London store of Samsung – a major Olympic sponsor and also one of the many corporate giants implicated in profiting from Uyghur forced labour in their Chinese supply chains.

Home Office protest: fight oppression globally, welcome refugees!

The UK’s brutal, racist treatment of asylum seekers is already appallingly unjust. Yet now, the government’s plans to pile even more hardship on people seeking safety from violence and oppression. Its new immigration policy plan will deny safe, legal routes for refugees to flee political, religious and anti-LGBT persecution, then punish them for escaping by irregular routes. Many of those seeking sanctuary will find themselves arbitrarily imprisoned in brutal, inhumane, offshore detention camps. As campaigns standing up against persecution and oppression around the world, we cannot stand by while victims of those crimes are denied safe haven.

PROTEST 5 JULY: Remember Urumqi, Free the Uyghurs, Welcome Refugees

July 5th this year will be the 12th anniversary of the unrest, and the massacre which followed it, in Urumqi – the largest city of the Uyghur homeland (East Turkestan / Xinjiang).

Al Jazeera: “The faux anti-imperialism of denying anti-Uighur atrocities”

Read this sharp dissection by Azeezah Kanji and David Palumbo-Liu of the factual dishonesty, political incoherence & ethical dereliction of the campaigners who cover for the Chinese state’s racist, colonialist crimes in the supposed name of “anti-imperialism”.