Rushan Abbas

Executive Director, Campaign for Uyghurs


Rushan Abbas is the Founder and Director of the Campaign for Uyghurs, based in Washington D.C., and the General Secretary of the Uyghur Academy USA. Ms. Abbas was the Vice President of Uyghur American Association for two terms (2006–2009 and 2000–2002) and former reporter at the Radio Free Asia Uyghur Service (1998–2001). Ms. Abbas started her advocacy work while she was a student, participating in the pro-democracy demonstrations at Xinjiang University in 1985 and 1988. Ms. Abbas received a Freedom Fighter 2019 Award for her raising awareness work for the current Uyghur Crisis and holds a degree from Xinjiang University.