Who Are We?


We are a UK-based grassroots campaign, led by Uyghur human rights activist Rahima Mahmut. We seek to bring together individuals and organisations to campaign for the human rights of Uyghurs.

We aim to build awareness in the UK of the crimes being committed against Uyghurs and other Turkic groups by the Chinese Regime. We would like to see UK society – from NGOs to faith groups to student societies – doing all it can to speak out against the infringement of Uyghur people’s human rights, and to challenge complicity. We work with communities, congregations and consumers to help people to come together to take action to protect Uyghurs and prevent genocide.


Rahima Mahmut, Executive Director

Rahima is an Uyghur human rights activist, interpreter and translator, and singer. She became Executive Director of Stop Uyghur Genocide in 2020, after spending years building a cross-community coalition pushing for greater action on the on-going genocide of her people. Rahima has extensive experience of advocating for her community; as a translator, she has worked closely with survivors to bring breaking news reports, and interpreted witness’ testimonies during the Uyghur Tribunal. She has played a key role in galvanising UK civil society against the atrocities the Chinese regime is perpetrating against her people. Rahima is also currently UK Director of the World Uyghur Congress, and Advisor to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC).

Arjun Patel, Campaigns Officer

Arjun joined Stop Uyghur Genocide in 2024 after graduation from Keele University with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Politics. Prior to this, he was an Intern at the Conservative Party’s Campaigning Headquarters (CCHQ) and received first-hand experience of life in Westminster. Arjun is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of Stop Uyghur Genocide’s campaigns.

To get in touch with Arjun, email him at: arjun@stopuyghurgenocide.co.uk

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Valeria Topalo, Policy & Advocacy Officer

Valeria, an LLB Law graduate from UCL, joined Stop Uyghur Genocide in 2023 after working as a litigation paralegal at a Mayfair law firm and interning at various organisations and companies, including REDRESS and Google LLC. Valeria is responsible for researching policy and legal developments impacting Uyghur human rights, crafting and presenting advocacy materials to parliamentarians, and implementing strategies to influence legislative changes in support of SUG’s thematic areas. Concurrently, she is also studying the Bar Course at The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) and assisting barrister Michael Polak with legal research at Lawyers for Uyghur Rights.

To get in touch with Valeria, email her at: valeria@stopuyghurgenocide.co.uk

Stop Uyghur Genocide’s Advisory Board includes:

  • Mia Hasenson-Gross, Executive Director of Rene Cassin, the Jewish Voice of Human Rights.
  • Roger Alton, Former Editor of the Observer and Independent. Contributing Editor of the Daily Mail.
  • Blair McDougall, Former Special Adviser and Chief Executive of the Better Together Campaign.
  • Edwin Shuker, former Vice President Board of Deputies of British Jews, Special Envoy to the President of the European Jewish Congress for Interfaith and Refugees.
  • Benedict Rogers, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Watch.
  • Luke de Pulford, Director of Arise Foundation, Co-founder of Coalition for Genocide Response, Member of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, Co-ordinator of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC).
  • Matthew Turner, Chair and Executive Director of the Labour Campaign for Human Rights.
  • Mark Johnson, Former Parliamentary Assistant to Alastair Carmichael MP, Former Liberal Democratic Party Parliamentary Candidate.
  • Michael Polak, Barrister at Church Court Chambers, Chair of Lawyers for Uyghur Rights.
  • Dearblha Minogue, Legal Officer at Global Legal Action Network (GLAN).
  • Dr Sheldon Stone BSc MD FRCP (retired), Rene Cassin Human Rights Fellow, World Uyghur Congress Campaign Associate.

Stop Uyghur Genocide is the campaign name for UYGHUR CAMPAIGN LTD which is registered as a company limited by guarantee in the UK SC673649

We can only operate with the generous support of our sponsors and supporters. In particular, we thank the Pears Foundation, whose support helped set up Stop Uyghur Genocide. Additionally, our thanks go to all whose donations allow us to campaign for the human rights of Uyghurs.