26 February 2020 – Washington, DC
Earlier today, on 26 February 2020, Google announced that it was adding 4 new languages to its Google Translate translation application. Since 2018, the East Turkistan Government-in-Exile, especially its current President Ghulam Osman Yaghma, had been actively calling on our global diaspora community to work with Google through its Google Translate Community to add the Uyghur language into Google’s Google Translate service.
On behalf of the people of East Turkistan, especially the Uyghurs, we sincerely thank Google for adding the Uyghur language into Google Translate. Through its addition of the Uyghur language into its Google Translate services, Google has shown to the world that it will not kowtow to China’s demands. Most importantly, Google has given tremendous support to our efforts to preserve Uyghur, the national language of East Turkistan, which China for decades has been working to eradicate as part of its systematic campaign of genocide against East Turkistan and its peoples.
Once again, we sincerely thank Google and encourage other companies to follow Google’s example and resist China’s efforts to eradicate Uyghurs, their culture, language, and identity.