MEETING: “China, Hong Kong and the Uyghurs: solidarity motion launch for Labour 2021”

We have teamed up with our friends in Labour Movement Solidarity With Hong Kong to write a motion for the Labour Party’s 2021 conference – China, Hong Kong & the Uyghurs: solidarity, peace, democracy & liberation. This week, Momentum members have the opportunity to vote in a policy primary for Momentum to support it. So please join us to hear more about the issues.

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Solidarity: “Report finds genocide against the Uyghurs”

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:

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Solidarity from the National Education Union to Uyghur women and the Uyghur people

Thanks to the National Education Union and its General Secretaries, Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, for making a statement of solidarity with the Uyghur people and particularly Uyghur women, against Chinese state violence & persecution. The NEU organises more than half a million workers in UK schools and colleges.

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SOAS students vote to support Uyghur solidarity

[Update 23/02/2021] SOAS students at their Union General Meeting have voted by an overwhelming 86% margin to support the motion and campaign in solidarity!

Students at London’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) are proposing a motion to their upcoming Union General Meeting that would commit SOAS Students’ Union to campaign in solidarity with the Uyghur people’s struggle for freedom.

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China, Hong Kong & the Uyghurs: solidarity motion for Labour Party conference 2021

Together with our friends at Labour Movement Solidarity with Hong Kong (UK), we have written this motion for the Labour Party conference scheduled in September 2021.

To get it to conference, we need as many local Constituency Labour Parties to pass it as possible and to choose it as their submission to the conference (each CLP can submit one motion or one rule change). If you are a Labour member, please consider putting it to your local CLP! Get in touch if you are thinking of doing this – we can offer tips about how to get it through. Email info@uyghursolidarityuk.org. (Please note, motions can be up to 250 words plus title, so this is the maximum length – if it’s made any longer, the submission will be rejected.)

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No trade deals with genocidal states – but don’t rely on British courts

In December, the House of Lords passed an amendment to the Trade Bill that would stop the UK making or maintaining trade deals with states that the High Court determines has committed genocide. It was supported by Labour and other opposition parties, and opposed by the Tory government. It will be put to a vote in the House of Commons soon.

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Write to MPs: end Uyghur forced labour, end all forced labour!

The UK Parliament’s Business (BEIS) Committee has established an Inquiry on Forced Labour in UK Value Chains, and on 5 November it’s set to hold a public hearing. It will hear evidence that shows how Uyghurs and other Muslim-majority Turkic ethnic groups are being coerced into forced labour by the Chinese state, in factories supplying global brands such as Nike, Apple and Zara.

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Young Labour election candidates: pledge campaigning solidarity for the Uyghur people

Young Labour activists among our supporters have asked us to launch this pledge: we’re calling on candidates in the Young Labour election to commit, if they win, to using their posts to build campaigning solidarity with the Uyghur people. If you are a candidate in these elections and you would like to sign the pledge, please email us at uyghursolidarityuk@gmail.com – we will update the list regularly.

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