(2020.8.11 カトリック・あい)


 カトリック系の有力ニュースサイト UCAニュースが10日付けでBenedict Rogers氏の記事https://www.ucanews.com/news/pope-francis-can-no-longer-be-silent-on-uyghur-genocide/89082として伝えたもので、同自治区のイスラム教徒への残虐行為を批判する声は、これまでも散発的に出ていたが、宗派を超えた宗教界のリーダーたちが共同で禁止を訴える声明を出すのは初めてだ。





 さらに声明は、ホロコーストとウイグルの人々に対してなされている犯罪を比較対象して論じた、英国ユダヤ人協会のマリー・バン・デル・ジル会長の在英・中国大使の劉暁明氏あて書簡と英連邦正統派ユダヤ 教信徒協会連合の前会長・ジョナサン・サックス卿のメッセージを取り上げている


  声明の署名者は、RogDocument confirms brutal treatment of Uyghurs in China ers氏の記事によると、カトリックから、アジア司教協議会連盟会長のチャールズ・マウン・ボー枢機卿(ミヤンマー)、ウイグル人への重大な人権侵害についての調査団のメンバーのイグナチウス・スハリョ枢機卿(インドネシア)、英ウェールズ司教協議会の国際担当のデクラン・ラング司教、および数人の司祭、ドミニコ修道会のティモシー・ラドクリフ前総長、さらに団体としてイングランド司教協議会が署名している。





Stop Uyghur Genocide: An Appeal by Religious Leaders in Support of the Uyghurs

 As religious leaders and leaders of belief-based communities, we come together to affirm human dignity for all by highlighting one of the most egregious human tragedies since the Holocaust: the potential genocide of the Uyghurs and other Muslims in China.

We have seen many persecutions and mass atrocities. These need our attention. But there is one that, if allowed to continue with impunity, calls into question most seriously the willingness of the international community to defend universal human rights for everyone – the plight of the Uyghurs.

At least one million Uyghur and other Muslims in China are incarcerated in prison camps facing starvation, torture, murder, sexual violence, slave labour and forced organ extraction.

Outside the camps, basic religious freedom is denied. Mosques are destroyed, children are separated from their families, and acts as simple as owning a Holy Quran, praying or fasting can result in arrest.

The world’s most intrusive surveillance state invades every aspect of life in Xinjiang.

Recent research reveals a campaign of forced sterilization and birth prevention targeting at least 80% of Uyghur women of childbearing age in the four Uyghur-populated prefectures – an action which, according to the 1948 Genocide Convention, could elevate this to the level of genocide.

The clear aim of the Chinese authorities is to eradicate the Uyghur identity. China’s state media has stated that the goal is to “break their lineage, break their roots, break their connections and break their origins.” As the Washington Post put it, “It’s hard to read that as anything other than a declaration of genocidal intent.” High-level Chinese government documents speak of “absolutely no mercy”.

Parliamentarians, governments and jurists have a responsibility to investigate.

As faith leaders we are neither activists nor policy-makers. But we have a duty to call our communities to their responsibilities to look after their fellow human beings and act when they are in danger.

In the Holocaust some Christians rescued Jews. Some spoke out. To quote Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil … Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act”. After the Holocaust, the world said “Never Again.”

Today, we repeat those words “Never Again”, all over again. We stand with the Uyghurs. We also stand with Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners and Christians throughout China who face the worst crackdown on freedom of religion or belief since the Cultural Revolution.

We urge people of faith and conscience everywhere to join us: in prayer, solidarity and action to end these mass atrocities. We make a simple call for justice, to investigate these crimes, hold those responsible to account and establish a path towards the restoration of human dignity.

August 8, 2020


Imam Daayiee Abdoul, Executive Director for Mecca institute, Washington DC, USA   Mufti Shareef Ahmad, Imam Al Madni Center, Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA

The Reverend Jonathan Aitken, London, UK    Sheikh Rashad Ali, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, UK    Imam Shamsi Ali, New York, USA

Sayed Yousif Al-Khoei OBE, Director of Centre of Academic Shia Studies, UK   Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic-Orthodox Archbishop of London, UK

Dr Khalid Anis, Islamic Society of Britain, UK    Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen, Manchester Reform Synagogue, UK

Imam Qari Asim, MBE, Chair, Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, UK    Rabbi Charley Baginsky, Interim Director of Liberal Judaism, UK

Qari Zeshan Balooch, Imam, Ghousia Mosque, Leeds, UK    Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski, Senior Rabbi, Golders Green Synagogue, UK

The Reverend Dr Andrew Bennett, Director and Senior Fellow at the Religious Freedom Institute, and former Canadian Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, Canada

Rabbi Miriam Berger, Finchley Reform Synagogue, UK    Desmond Biddulph CBE, President of the Buddhist Society, UK

Cardinal Charles Bo, Archbishop of Yangon and President of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences, Myanmar

Imam Dr Mamadou Bocoum, Muslim Chaplain and Lecturer in Islamic Studies, UK    The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark, UK

Imam Irfan Chishti MBE, Chashtiah Educational Trust, Rochdale, UK    Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of Humanists UK    The Bishop of Coventry, UK

Sheikh Imtiyaz Damiel, CEO, Abu Hanifah Foundation, UK

Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Senior Rabbi, S&P Sephardi Community (and Ecclesiastical Authority of The Board of Deputies of British Jews), UK

The Reverend Dr Joel Edwards CBE, UK    Canon Dr Giles Fraser, Rector of St Mary Newington, UK

Sonam T Frasi, FCA, RAS, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Northern Europe, Poland and the Baltic States, London, UK

Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman, Senior Rabbi, New West End Synagogue, UK    Rabbi Paul Freedman, Senior Rabbi, Radlett Reform Synagogue, UK

Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, Chair of Conference of Liberal Rabbis and Cantors, UK    Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE, UK    Imam Dr Usama Hasan, London, UK

Sheikh Saeed Hashmi, Imam Shah Jahan Mosque, Woking, UK    Shaykh Sultan Niaz ul Hassan, Chairman, Bahu Trust, UK  The Rt Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, MBE QHC, Bishop of Dover, UK

Imam Sheikh Mohammad Ismail DL, Lead Imam, Birmingham Central Mosque, UK    Imam Dr. Abdul Jabbar, Atlanta, USA

Rabbi Richard Jacobi, East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue, UK    Rabbi Dr. Margaret Jacobi, UK

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism, UK Rabbi Dr Elliott Karstadt, Alyth North Western Reform Synagogue, UK Imam Adam Kelwick, Muslim Chaplain, UK The Reverend Cindy Kent MBE, UK

Fr Nicholas King, SJ, Assistant Catholic Chaplain, University of Oxford, UK    Bishop Declan Lang, Catholic Bishop of Clifton, UK

Rabbi Josh Levy, Principal Rabbi, Alyth North Western Reform Synagogue, UK    Al-Haj U Aye Lwin, Chief Convenor, Islamic Centre of Myanmar

Ustadh Dawood Masood, Al-Hira Mosque, Luton, UK   Rabbi David Mason, Muswell Hill United Synagogue and Executive Member of the Rabbinical Council of United Synagogue, UK

Rabbi Monique Mayer, Liberal Judaism, UK

The Reverend Dr Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention in the USA

The Rt Rev Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro, Chair of UK FoRB Forum and former Chair of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians, UK

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein, Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, UK   Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, Washington, DC, USA

The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-ali, former Anglican Bishop of Rochester, UK   Rabbi Baroness (Julia) Neuberger, UK  Fr Uche Njoku, Parish Priest, St Joseph’s Church, New Malden, UK

Imam Yahya Pallavicini, President of COREIS Islamic Religious Community, Italy   The Rt Rev John Perry, former Bishop of Chelmsford, UK

Shaykh Umar Hayat Qadri, Chair, Suffah Foundation, UK    Mufti Abdul Rahman Qamar, Madni Masjid, LaGuardia, New York, USA

Fr Timothy Radcliffe, former Master of the Dominican Order, UK    Imam Nabel Rafi, Director of the International Centre for Tolerance UK

Dr Sheikh Ramzy, founder, Oxford Islamic Information Centre, UK    Imam Ghulam Rasool QTS, Trustee Bahu Trust UK network, UK

Imam Yusuf Rios, Three Puerto Rican Imams Project , Islamic Learning Foundation Chicago, USA

Fr Dominic Robinson, SJ, Parish Priest, Farm Street Church of the Immaculate Conception and Chair, Justice and Peace Commission, Diocese of Westminster, UK

Abdurahman Sayed, CEO, Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, London, UK    Imam Mustaqeem Shah, Abu Bakr Trust, Walsall, West Midlands, UK

Imam Zaid Shakir, California, USA    The Rt Revd Alan Smith, Bishop of St Alban’s, UK

Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi: President Fiqh Council of North America and Religious Director, the Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove, Californi, USA

Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo, Archbishop of Jakarta, Indonesia    Canon Dr Andrew White, Ambassador of Jerusalem MERIT, UK

The Rt Hon and Rt Rev Lord Williams of Oystermouth, former Archbishop of Canterbury, UK Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Senior Rabbi for Masorti Judaism, UK