7 October 2020
Yesterday, Germany’s representative to the United Nations issued a statement, on behalf of 39 mostly western countries including the United States, Japan, Australia, UK, France, and others, expressing their stern opposition to China’s brutal campaign of oppression against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan.
Furthermore, representatives of these countries made statements elaborating their government’s opposition to the overall oppression while urging China to stop its atrocities.
The East Turkistan Government in Exile thanks all 39 countries for standing with the oppressed Uyghur and other Turkic peoples of East Turkistan us in our most vulnerable time. The opposition against China’s atrocities by these 39 countries have given our people great hope that justice will prevail in the near future.
While it is no surprise that repressive countries like Belarus, Cuba, Iran, Pakistan, North Korea, and Venezuela have again sided with China, many others have also sided with China as a result of China’s economic and political influence. The present situation in East Turkistan should in itself serve as a warning for what will happen to those who fall for China’s deceptive tactics and false promises. 71 years ago, China promised to help “develop and modernize” East Turkistan, much like the same promises being made to others today, which has only resulted in the colonization of our country and now the Holocaust genocide of our people.
There is no doubt what China is doing in East Turkistan against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Turkic peoples is genocide. For some 71 years, China and its Communist Party has been waging a brutal campaign of colonization and genocide as result of Chinese occupation of East Turkistan in late 1949.
Recently, the East Turkistan Government in Exile and East Turkistan National Awakening Movement filed a formal complaint urging the International Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute Chinese officials for genocide and other crimes against humanity. We urge all 39 nations that spoke out against China’s brutal campaign of oppression to support our complaint and assist us in obtaining justice for East Turkistan and its people.
Furthermore, we urge all countries across the world ,especially the 39 countries who opposed China’s atrocities against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples to formally recognize it as a genocide. The world must uphold its promise of ‘Never Again’ and take stronger actions to bring an end to China’s 21st century Holocaust.
Lastly, we urge the United Nations to introduce a resolution acknowledging the genocide and East Turkistan’s struggle for independence in accordance with the UN Declaration on Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.