Community Groups Call For Safe Pathway For Uyghur Refugees To NZ

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Uyghur Solidarity Aotearoa New Zealand and Khadija
Leadership Network will present to MPs Golriz Ghahraman and
Ibrahim Omer a petition on Tuesday requesting that the
government creates a pathway for Uyghur refugees to safely
reach New Zealand through the Refugee Quota
Programme.

To date, the petition has been signed by
over 1,000 people including representatives from community
organisations across the country.

Green MP Golriz
Ghahraman, and Labour MP Ibrahim Omer, will receive the
petition before presenting it to Parliament for
consideration.

“The Uyghur people are suffering from
atrocities on a massive scale. Many have escaped China, and
they are desperate to reach safety,” said Sam Vincent of
Uyghur Solidarity Aotearoa New Zealand.

“The US,
Canada and the Netherlands have each declared that the
Chinese government is committing genocide against the Uyghur
people in Xinjiang province. As many as two million Uyghurs
– possibly more – are detained in concentration camps,
forced labour facilities, or prisons,” Vincent
said.

“As New Zealanders, we take pride in having a
global stance on issues of human rights. We are inviting our
decision-makers to do more for the Uyghurs,” said
Vincent.

“In recent years, we have used our Refugee
Quota Programme to create a pathway for Syrian refugees, and
for Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, to reach safety in
Aotearoa. It is time we do the same for the Uyghurs,”
Vincent
said.

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