Ask Congress to Pass the Uyghur Human Rights Protection Act

Uyghurs are suffering the 5th year of active genocide. The least we can do is rescue people who are outside China but still at risk of being deported back to the concentration camps.

The Uyghur Human Rights Project is calling for the America COMPETES Act of 2022 to include a provision to designate Uyghurs as prioritized refugees of special humanitarian concern, making them eligible for Priority Two (P-2) processing under the refugee resettlement priority system. The P-2 designation would enable Uyghurs to access the U.S. refugee program without a referral from the UNHCR, an embassy, or an NGO.

● The United States, while taking outstanding leadership on sanctions on China, has very limited ability to process refugee applications from those who have managed to escape the brutal genocide. This is because UNHCR processing is absent or ineffective in the key countries where they currently live.

● Rescuing Uyghur refugees under threat of deportation to China is not only in line with American values, it is also in our strategic interest. Many survivors of the camps have information and testimony about the brutalities of the atrocity crimes in the Uyghur homeland. But because they are at risk of deportation to China, they have kept silent. One Kyrgyz family just arrived in the U.S., for example, and provided testimony after more than 3 years of silence.

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