Uyghur Groups and Jewish World Watch Receive Grant to Support Uyghur Advocacy Efforts

by Uyghur Times
Uyghur Groups and Jewish World Watch

According to Jewish World Watch, World Uyghur Congress, Uyghur Human Rights Project, and Jewish World Watch (JWW), a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization, have been awarded a share of a half-million-dollar grant from the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. This grant, aimed at supporting organizations aligned with Elie Wiesel’s legacy, will aid JWW in its advocacy for the Uyghur community, alongside the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP).

The grant recognizes JWW’s efforts to restore the rights and dignity of the Uyghur population, which has faced immense persecution in recent years. 

Elisha Wiesel, Chairman of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, expressed the importance of supporting advocates working diligently to protect the Uyghur community. The Activist Portfolio Grantees, including JWW, WUC, and UHRP, are committed to raising awareness, shifting policies, and fighting for human rights for all people.

Serena Oberstein, Executive Director of Jewish World Watch, expressed gratitude for the partnership with the Elie Wiesel Foundation. She emphasized the significance of Elie Wiesel’s legacy, symbolizing hope, perseverance, and the obligation to work towards a world free from genocide. The grant will empower JWW to continue making a global impact and promoting a world without mass atrocities.

As a direct outcome of this grant, JWW, WUC, and UHRP will collaborate to organize a conference in New York this winter. The conference will focus on the international response to the Uyghur genocide, fostering collaboration among Uyghur activists and allies. The event aims to energize ongoing Uyghur activism, engage the Jewish community, and mobilize citizens of conscience. Additionally, WUC, UHRP, and JWW will host digital forums to provide global stakeholders with opportunities for activism and advocacy.

the World Uyghur Congress also will be organizing the “International Uyghur Forum: Global Parliamentarian Convention” which will be held on October 30-31, 2023, at the National Diet of Japan (House of Representatives Building). The conference is organized by the Japan Uyghur Parliamentary League, the Parliamentary League for Investigating and Taking Action on Human Rights Violations by China, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), the Japan Uyghur Association ( JUA) and Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC). It aims to bring together parliamentarians from various countries who are working on the Uyghur Genocide and supporting Uyghurs worldwide.

Omer Kanat, Executive Director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, highlighted the value of working alongside the Eli Wiesel Foundation and partnering with JWW and WUC. He expressed that the upcoming conference in December will demonstrate a commitment to the “never again” principle and serve as a call for further action to halt the ongoing Uyghur genocide.

Dolkun Isa, President of the World Uyghur Congress, emphasized the timeliness of the conference, stating that it comes at a crucial moment for solidarity building. He stressed that ending the ongoing Uyghur genocide is a collective moral and legal obligation.

The collaboration among JWW, WUC, UHRP, and the Elie Wiesel Foundation reflects the dedication and determination of these organizations to bring attention to the plight of the Uyghur community and work towards a future free from genocide and mass atrocities.

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