June 6, 2019
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement as the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur Human Rights Project began their conference, “Confronting Atrocities in China: The Global Response to the Uyghur Crisis”:
“The unabated oppression that the Uyghur communities face at the hands of the Chinese is a challenge to the conscience of the entire world. The bipartisan House of Representatives salutes the courageous men and women of the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur Human Rights Project and all who continue the fight for the freedoms and democratic future that the Uyghur people deserve. Our hearts and minds are with the Uyghur communities, who face religious persecution, including harsh restrictions on observing Ramadan, which just ended this week. Today, and on all days, we reaffirm our commitment to sharing the stories and sharing the outrage of the millions of Uyghurs who are being watched, followed, disappeared in internment camps and made to suffer ‘re-education’ efforts.
“This week, as we mark 30 years since the atrocity of the Tiananmen Massacre, the global community must stand with all who strive to achieve the Tiananmen Generation’s dream of freedom. The greatest tribute that we can make to the fallen freedom fighters of Tiananmen is to work relentlessly to advance their democratic aspirations: for the Uyghur people, the Tibetan people, the people of Hong Kong and all who have been oppressed and repressed by the Chinese regime.
“Together, let us work toward a future when the world’s most populous nation can at last be called the world’s largest democracy.”