Human rights groups are calling on US football to end the Volkswagen partnership
A coalition of 86 human rights and religious freedom leaders and organizations begs the US Football Association to end its partnership with Volkswagen.
WASHINGTON, DC, USA, June 10, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The American Alliance for Automotive Corporate Social Responsibility, International Religious Freedom Roundtable, Jewish World Watch and the Uyghur Human Rights Project are calling on the US Football Association to use Volkswagen as a presenting sponsor.
A coalition of 86 human rights and religious freedom leaders and organizations is pleading with the Football Association to end its partnership with Volkswagen so that they do not remain complicit in the company’s “inaction in the face of ongoing atrocities.” Click HERE to read the full letter and list of signatories.
Volkswagen currently operates a plant in the Uyghur region of Xinjiang and has yet to seriously address or denounce the crimes of the Chinese Communist Party against the Uyghur people.
During the Uighur week of action in April, AAACSR, IRF Roundtable, JWW and UHRP called on Volkswagen to close its activities in China.
The publication of this letter to the president of the US soccer association Cindy Parlow Cone and the chairman of the board Will Wilson continued the advocacy for the Uyghur people and the call on Volkswagen to end the complicity.
Given Volkswagen’s long history of involvement in the crimes of the Holocaust, particular concern has been expressed as its continued refusal to answer urgent questions about its partnership with the Xinjiang government is unacceptable.
By continuing to partner with Volkswagen, US Soccer is taking on the position of accepting inaction in the face of the ongoing atrocities.
Earlier this year, the US government and the Canadian, British, Dutch and Lithuanian parliaments established that these crimes constitute crimes against humanity and genocide. The EU, New Zealand and Italy have also filed motions to condemn the abuses.
Since US Soccer sees football as a “powerful vehicle for social change,” as the association’s mission states, the partnership between US Soccer and Volkswagen hinders social change and is a disservice to underserved communities.
The American Alliance for Automotive Corporate Social Responsibility (AAACSR) is an independent, non-political organization committed to ensuring current guidelines and standards for corporate social responsibility in the global automotive industry in the United States. https://aaacsr.org
The International Round Table for Religious Freedom is an association of NGOs and individuals of all faiths who advocate freedom of religion and belief. https://www.irfroundtable.org
Jewish World Watch is an expression of Judaism in action bringing help and healing to survivors of mass atrocities around the world and seeking to inspire people of all faiths and cultures to join the ongoing fight against genocide. https://www.jww.org
The Uyghur Human Rights Project promotes the rights of the Uyghurs and other Turkish-Muslim peoples in East Turkistan, which the Communist Party of China calls the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, through research-based advocacy. https://uhrp.org