Last week I had the chance to join fellow members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community on the 9th Annual Day on the Hill. The primary focus this time was a call to action to our lawmakers to address the plight of the Uyghur Muslims in China. According to published reports by the U.S. State Department, Human Rights Watch and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), authorities in China have detained at least one million Uyghur Muslims in re-education camps, denying them freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of movement and the right to due process.
Representative Peter King (R-NY) who co-chairs the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus said, “The effort being made to help the Uyghur community is truly outstanding. It’s very unusual that a group that is under siege themselves [like the Ahmadi community] takes the time to reach out on behalf of another community, realizing that religious freedom must be truly universal. You bring us all together.”
125 volunteers including myself from over 30 states came together for this important effort. Local and national media also covered the event.