Uyghur rights activists stage protest against China’s atrocities in Xinjiang
Updated: July 28, 2022 4:05 p.m. STI
New York [US]July 28 (ANI): The East Turkestan government-in-exile, the East Turkestan National Awakening Movement and the Organization of Free Kazakhs held a protest at the United Nations headquarters on Tuesday to denounce China’s atrocities against the Uyghur community in East Turkestan.
The protesters demanded the UN release its report on China’s ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples, according to the statement released by the East Turkestan government in exile.
The protest came after reports emerged that China was pressuring UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet to bury a long-awaited report on Chinese atrocities against the Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples of East Turkestan.
“We call on the UN and its member states not to allow China to manipulate the UN system,” Prime Minister Salih Hudayar of the East Turkestan government-in-exile said in a statement outside UN headquarters. UN in New York.
“We demand that the UN stop ignoring China’s ongoing genocide in East Turkestan, and we demand that the UN immediately release its report on China’s ongoing genocide in East Turkestan,” he said. he adds.
According to the statement, the Chinese government launched its entire campaign of genocide against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other Turkic peoples following Xi Jinping’s visit to East Turkestan in May 2014.
Millions of ethnic Turks were sent to concentration camps, prisons and forced labor camps and subjected to torture, indoctrination, rape, organ harvesting, forced sterilization and even extrajudicial executions. This campaign of genocide continues right now.
According to the statement, the UN has mostly ignored the 21st century Holocaust-like genocide in China.
“The inaction of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Security Council has allowed the Chinese fascist government to perpetrate genocide against the Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other Turkic people with impunity for the past eight years,” said Haider Jan, the community outreach coordinator of the East Turkestan National Awakening Movement.
“The United Nations and its member states must act against China’s ongoing genocide and uphold their commitments under the UN Genocide Convention and the UN Charter,” he added.
Tursunay Ziyawudun, a Uyghur concentration camp survivor living in the United States who attended today’s protest, warned that “time is running out for Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkestan”. She said that “the United Nations General Assembly should also adopt a resolution to recognize and act against China’s ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other Turkic peoples of East Turkestan before it it’s not too late”.
The East Turkestan Government in Exile reiterates its call on the international community to uphold its commitments under the UN Genocide Convention by taking meaningful steps, including humanitarian intervention if necessary, to end the campaign of genocide ongoing from China to East Turkestan.
The government of East Turkestan in exile reiterates once again that the restoration of the legitimate independence of East Turkestan is the only solution to guarantee the freedoms, human rights and very existence of the Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples.
The Uyghurs are a predominantly Muslim Turkish ethnic minority group, whose origins date back to Central and East Asia.
Their home region is considered the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China.
Xinjiang is technically an autonomous region in China. The Uyghurs are Muslims, they do not speak Mandarin as their native language and have a different ethnicity and culture than mainland China.
In recent decades, as economic prosperity has come to Xinjiang, it has brought with it the majority of Han Chinese in large numbers, who have taken over the best jobs, and left Uyghurs to feel that their livelihoods and identity were threatened.
This led to sporadic violence, culminating in a 2009 riot that killed 200 people, mostly Han Chinese, in the region’s capital, Urumqi.
Chinese authorities have been accused of imposing forced labor, systematic forced birth control and torture, and separating children from their incarcerated parents.
China has forcibly sterilized Uyghur women en masse to suppress the population, separate children from their families and try to break the cultural traditions of the group. However, China denies all allegations of human rights violations in Xinjiang. (ANI)