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 by Finchley & Golders Green Labour.

The conference will take place 25-29 September in Brighton. Delegates from local Labour Parties across the country, affiliated societies and trade unions will debate and vote on policy motions. So we are asking our supporters in Labour and the unions: please contact your delegate and urge them to back our motion! First, delegates will need to vote to prioritise this topic (“foreign policy towards China”) in the priority ballot at the start of conference. Then, if we are prioritised, we need them to speak up and vote for the motion.

Whether or not our motion is prioritised, we will be in Brighton speaking to attendees and activists to about our cause. We hope to reach hundreds of labour movement activists and persuade them to return to their unions and constituency parties ready to build the campaign locally, set up protests and other actions with us.

We are a grassroots campaign with no staff or significant funding, so we rely completely on the efforts of volunteers. If you will be in Brighton during the conference and want to help, please get in touch on info@uyghursolidarityuk.org!


Full motion:

China, Hong Kong and the Uyghurs: solidarity, peace, democracy, liberation

Motion submitted by ESEA For Labour; supported by Uyghur Solidarity Campaign UK & Labour Movement Solidarity with Hong Kong (UK)

Labour believes socialism means political and economic democracy. Despite pretences, China’s authoritarian state represents neither.

Uyghurs and other majority-Muslim peoples in Xinjiang/ East Turkestan suffer genocidal persecution including racist surveillance; political, cultural and religious repression; forced contraception and sterilisation; forced labour in global corporate supply chains; children removed from families; and concentration camps.

A violent, corporate-backed crackdown has attacked Hong Kong’s movement for democracy and civil liberties. Independent unions are surging but under assault. British colonial-era anti-union and anti-democratic laws facilitate this.

Throughout China, worker exploitation is rampant. Wealth inequality approaches US levels. Independent unions and protests are suppressed while corporations and state bureaucrats profit. But workers, women, minorities and dissidents continue to resist.

In all levels of government and grassroots campaigning, Labour will:

  • Build solidarity with independent labour, democratic and liberatory movements, protests and strikes in China;
  • Resist hijacking of this cause by nationalists and hawks promoting anti-Chinese racism, superpower rivalry, trade wars and militarisation;
  • Support freedom and human rights for the indigenous peoples of Xinjiang/ East Turkestan and Tibet, and their right to democratically determine their futures;
  • Support universal suffrage for Hong Kong, release of political prisoners and repeal of the National Security Law;
  • Propose Magnitsky sanctions against officials involved in these abuses;
  • Support protests and worker action against businesses complicit in these abuses;
  • Propose laws requiring big businesses to transparently audit supply chains to source worldwide, and cut ties to rights abuses;
  • Welcome unconditionally all refugees who seek sanctuary here from tyranny and persecution.

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 Labour Movement Solidarity with Hong Kong (UK) – 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.

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Protest Samsung’s Uyghur forced labour links & Olympic sponsorship

2pm Sunday 8 August
Samsung store, 125 Oxford St, London W1D 2HS
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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.

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

6pm Monday 5 July
Embassy of China, 49 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL
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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”.

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5 JUNE: Protest Swire – corporate accomplices in Hong Kong & Uyghur repression

12 noon Saturday 5 June
Swire House, 59 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AJ
Co-hosted with Labour Movement Solidarity with HK
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Jacobin: Interview with Sean R. Roberts, author of “The War on the Uyghurs”

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 grassroots solidarity while opposing the sabre-rattling and militarism by Western powers’ hawks.

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