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.”
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.
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”
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.
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”.
We strongly recommend checking out today’s interview with Sean R. Roberts in US-based radical left magazine Jacobin. Roberts is the author of the recent book The War on the Uyghurs. In the interview, he puts the ongoing persecution in the context of settler colonialism and War On Terror anti-Muslim racism – and calls for grassrootsContinue reading “Jacobin: Interview with Sean R. Roberts, author of “The War on the Uyghurs””
Even by the standards of the Morning Star — a publication whose coverage of anything to do with China is now little more than Beijing propaganda — Kate Woolford’s article on 13 April was an extraordinary exercise in dissembling whataboutery.
This Thursday 22 April, Parliament will vote on a motion recognising that the persecution of Uyghurs, Kazakhs and the other indigenous peoples of Xinjiang (East Turkestan) constitutes genocide and crimes against humanity.
左回声 Left Echo is a collective based in Leipzig, Germany, campaigning to build solidarity with emancipatory struggles in China. They have sent us the message of solidarity below, to be read out on their behalf at our 5 April protest. They and Nationalismus ist keine Alternative (Sachsen) will be demonstrating Saturday 17 April at 14:00Continue reading “Message of support from 左回声 Left Echo, Leipzig, Germany”
One of our activists has written (in a personal capacity) for socialist newspaper Solidarity about the recent report that found the Chinese state responsible for acts of genocide against the Uyghur people: