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Son of Holocaust writer Elie Wiesel brings focus on Uyghur persecution

Posted on AllSides April 23rd, 2024
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Elisha Wiesel, son of the late-Holocaust writer Elie Wiesel, is joining forces with international human rights advocates to draw attention to the Chinese government's repression of ethnic Uyghurs.

Why it matters: Beijing is facing mounting international pressure over allegations of genocide and mass detention against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in the country's northwest region of Xinjiang.

The big picture: Two U.S. House members last week urged the State Department to step up its diplomatic efforts to ensure companies that benefit from the forced labor of Uyghurs in China can't access global markets.

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