About the ETGE
The East Turkistan Government-in-Exile (ETGE), the Government in Exile of the Republic of East Turkistan, is the democratically elected official body representing East Turkistan and its people.
On December 22, 1949 the People’s Republic of China overthrew the independent East Turkistan Republic, leading to many East Turkistanis including senior military and government officials to flee to the Soviet Union. Over the decades since China occupied East Turkistan, various East Turkistani entities played the role of a de-facto government in exile and were unable to find a friendly nation willing to host them as an official government in exile.
The East Turkistan Government in Exile was formally established on September 14, 2004, as an official government in exile in Washington, DC, by prominent Uyghur, Kazakh and other East Turkistani independence leaders representing over a dozen organizations from across the East Turkistani / Uyghur diaspora following the dissolution of the East Turkistan National Congress (ETNC).
The East Turkistan Government in Exile is a democratic body with a representative Parliament. The primary leaders — President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Speaker (Chair) of Parliament, and Deputy Speaker (Chair) of Parliament — are democratically elected by the Parliament members from all over the East Turkistani diaspora in the General Assembly.
The Prime Minister forms the Government’s Cabinet with the President, the Speaker (Chair), and Deputy Speaker (Chair) of the Parliament’s approval. The Members of Parliament are elected by the diaspora community in their respective host nations. Elections occur every four years, and all members of the Parliament serve a four-year term and can be re-elected.
The East Turkistan Government in Exile has close contacts and working relations with most East Turkistan and Uyghur organizations across the world that peacefully promote restoring independence, human rights, religious freedom, and democracy for East Turkistan and all of its people.
During the past seven decades, since China occupied East Turkistan in December 1949, the East Turkistan Government in Exile has been adept at adapting to the shifting political realities facing our country and its people. It is because of our versatility that ETGE is an effective and powerful voice for East Turkistan and its people.