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ETGE's 8th General Assembly

The East Turkistan Government in Exile (ETGE) successfully held its 8th General Assembly from November 10, 2019 - November 12, 2019 in Washington, DC and elected a new administration.

First East Turkistan Republic

The first East Turkistan Republic, was a short-lived state that existed from 1933 to 1934. Since the Manchu Qing invasion and occupation of East Turkistan in 1884, the first East Turkistan Republic was the first successful attempt by the Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples of East Turkistan to declare independence and establish a modern state in the 20th century.

Second East Turkistan Republic

The second East Turkistan Republic was the second successful attempt by Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan to declare independence and establish a modern state in the 20th century. It was invaded and overthrown by the People's Republic of China on December 22, 1949, which brought an era of occupation that continues to this day.

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Welcome to the East Turkistan Government-in-Exile

The East Turkistan Government in Exile (ETGE) is a democratically elected body representing the interests of East Turkistan and its people. The ETGE seeks to restore East Turkistan’s independence as a democratic, secular, pluralistic, Republic that guarantees human rights and freedom for all.


For over 6,000 years East Turkistan has been home to ethnically Turkic peoples including Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, Tatars and others. Although Chinese sources state 25 million, the total population of East Turkistan (excluding Chinese forces) is estimated to be around 35 million. The majority of the population of East Turkistan are Uyghurs who are more than 30 million, along with more than 3 million Kazakhs.


East Turkistan, located in the  very center of Asia, is the historical Homeland of the Uyghurs and other Turkic Central Asian peoples. East Turkistan has effectively been occupied by China since December 22, 1949. East Turkistan neighbors nine countries – Mongolia (including South Mongolia), Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Tibet (and China if not including all of traditional Tibet).


Under decades of Chinese occupation and colonization since 1949, East Turkistan and its people are under severe threat of being eradicated as China’s government continues to deliberately carry out genocidal policies designed to eradicate all aspects of East Turkistan and its peoples. Today over 3 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Turkic peoples of East Turkistan are being held in concentration camps.


Key Issues

Declaration of Independence of the First East Turkistan Republic in Kashgar - November 12, 1933

National Independence

We firmly believe that without restoring East Turkistan’s national independence, we cannot truly preserve the existence of East Turkistan and its people, let alone safeguard their basic human rights and religious freedoms.


Concentration Camps and Genocide

We are committed to upholding the rights and freedoms guaranteed under the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in order to promote and ensure peace within East Turkistan and across the world.

Idh Kah Mosque

Religious Freedom

We are firmly committed to ensuring full religious freedom for all of East Turkistan's people and we seek to promote inter-faith harmony among the different faiths within East Turkistan and other faiths across the world.

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