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The Duty to Speak Up
In recent years, Jewish groups have been in the forefront of the campaign to stop the genocide being committed in the Darfur region of Sudan. These efforts have brought about a greater awareness of the situation, even if action to halt the tragedy has been lacking. This commitment to the principle of human rights is to be commended, but in light of recent events in Tibet and China, those who care about human rights cannot be content to confine our efforts to this one tragedy.
In this light, it is appropriate that Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel has chosen to take a leadership role on the issue of Chinese religious and political oppression in Tibet.
Wiesel hopes to generate a statement by fellow Nobel laureates condemning the depredations in Tibet committed by the tyrants of Beijing.
With the Olympics coming to China this summer and more attention being paid to the terrible human-rights situation in that country, we hope that Jewish groups will follow Wiesel, and lend their voices again to the chorus of those who will not stand by silently while others suffer.