Statement by the Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project on Hon. Michael Chong

                                                                                                                  March 28, 2021

URAP stands by with Hon. Michael Chong and Subcommittee of International Human Rights against unlawful sanctions levied by China’ government.

On March 27, 2021, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced sanction list targeting Conservative MP Hon. Michael Chong and Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of the House of Commons of Canada (SDIR).

China’s sanction seems to be retaliatory action for Hon. Michael Chong’s spearheaded role in tabling Uyghur Genocide Motion in the Parliamentary vote.  SDIR and its members from 4 different political parties have worked tirelessly by listening more than 25 witnesses and victims’ testimonies before coming to conclusion that the atrocities committed by the government of China against the Uyghur constitute genocide on October 21, 2020.

Hon. Michael Chong and members of SDIR have exercised their constitutional rights of free speech and stood up for justice by opposing the egregious crimes of genocide and crime against humanity that has been committed by the government of China against Uyghur people in East Turkistan.

Sanction levied against Hon. Michael Chong is an attempt by the China’s government to further suffocating the free speech and expanding its restrictions beyond its territory.

Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project stands by with Hon. Michael Chong and supports his relentless efforts to uphold our values and core principles that are dear to all Canadians.

URAP also welcomes intensive debates triggered among Chinese nitizens due to China’s sanction against western parliamentarians, entities and experts.

It is obvious that China’s sanctions backfired and awakened Chinese populations to ask questions.

Apparently, according to posts shared by the China Digital Times, ordinarily Chinese nitzens are voicing similar concerns that Hon. Michael Chong has been advocating for: “Freedom of marriage for Uyghurs without enforced by the government, freedom to have childbirth, normal life without enforced family separation, no ban on language, culture and tradition of Uyghurs, stop the Uyghur forced labour, mass incarceration…”

These are the lines of talks that ordinarily nitizens are sharing on China’s social platforms, completely contradicts and refutes the China’s government’s own official narratives on the subject matter.

URAP continues to work with our parliamentarians and government officials by sharing documentation and resources for better promoting the rights of Uyghurs whose rights are denied in China by the government.


For more information

Mehmet Tohti

Executive director of the Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project

613 261 8512/ / @mehmetTohti/ @Uyghuradvocacy

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List of Chinese officials that Canada, US, EU and UK announced sanction on March 22, 2021

Chen Mingguo promoted to vice chairman of the regional government of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. He is still Director of Xinjiang Public Security Bureau.

After the announcement of joint sanction, he said: “The fact is that we will never back down on issues regarding national sovereignty, security and interests. We are more confident and determined than ever to maintain social stability and long-term stability in Xinjiang”

Chen Mingo, ethnic Han Chinese, born in Sichuan Province on Oct 1966, joined to Chinese Communist Party in Jan 1992.

He has been transferred to Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Jan 2021 from his post as head of Qing Hai provincial supreme Court.

Wang Mingshan, ethnic Han Chinese.

He was born in Gansu Province in China on Jan 1964.

He worked as Chief prosecutor in various prefectures of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region prior becoming as a head of public Security Bureau of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region in January 2018.

Wang Mingshan is the chief mastermind of the Integrated Joint Operation Platform (IJOP), especially designed system with the integrated surveillance, artificial intelligence by using all pre-collected biometric date of Uyghurs and triggering policing action to arrest.

Zhu Hailun

Ethnic Han Chinese, born in 1958 in Jiang Su Province of China.

He is currently serving as Vice secretary of Regional Chinese Communist Party and head of the regional cyber space administration.


He is one the architect of mass detention and he is the author of the Operating Manuals for managing the vast network of notorious concentration camps where more than 3 million Uyghurs were detained.


Wang Junzheng


Ethnic Han Chinese.

Born in May 1963 in Shandong Province of China.

He was transferred to Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region from Jilin Province of China on Jan 2019

Now he is the head of quasi-Military establishment called Xinjiang Production Construction Military Corps.

He is responsible for the enforced Uyghur labour in cotton, tomato and other energy sector of Uyghur region.