PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
East Turkistan Government in Exile
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9 June 2022
BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON: The East Turkistan Government in Exile (ETGE) applauds the European Parliament for passing a resolution recognizing the Chinese government’s systematic human rights violations against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Turkic peoples as ‘crimes against humanity.’
The resolution passed with an overwhelming majority in the EU Parliament on Thursday stated that the Chinese government’s systematic human rights violations in East Turkistan “amount to crimes against humanity and a serious risk of genocide.”
“While we are grateful that the EU recognized the crimes against humanity, we are deeply disappointed that the EU Parliament has fallen short of recognizing China’s ongoing genocide in East Turkistan,” said Dr. Mamtimin Ala, the EU Representative of the East Turkistan Government in Exile. “What is happening in East Turkistan is wholesale genocide as defined under the UN Genocide Convention. Does China need to completely wipe out our people before the EU recognizes it as genocide?” added Dr. Mamtimin Ala.
The European Parliament’s resolution calls upon the European Union and its member states to “take all necessary steps in accordance with the UN Genocide Convention to end these atrocities.”
The EU Parliament resolution comes after hacked “Xinjiang Police Files” revealed the details and scopes of China’s genocidal campaign and mass internment in East Turkistan as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet started her visit to East Turkistan.
Many governments and organizations have condemned the UN visit as a pomtekin tour which served to help the Chinese government whitewash and deny its genocide in East Turkistan.
“Given that the UN has failed to uphold its principles and values, its now more important than ever that the European Union and its member states support East Turkistan’s case against Chinese officials at the International Criminal Court(ICC),” said Prime Minister Salih Hudayar of the East Turkistan Government in Exile. “We call on the EU and its member states to urge the ICC Prosecutor to launch investigations into China’s genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples,” he added.
The East Turkistan Government in Exile (ETGE) also praises the EU Parliament for passing another resolution that would potentially ban all products made by forced labor from being imported into the EU.
The ETGE again urges the EU and its member states and parliaments to recognize China’s atrocities against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan as genocide. The ETGE also calls on the EU to uphold their obligations under the UN Genocide Convention and the Responsibility to Protect Commitment to help end the 21st-century Holocaust-like genocide occurring in East Turkistan.
Lastly, the ETGE urges all governments in the free world to acknowledge and support East Turkistanis right to external self-determination by recognizing East Turkistan as an Occupied Country.
The ETGE firmly believes that restoring East Turkistan’s independence is the only solution to ending China’s campaign of colonization, genocide, and occupation in East Turkistan and ensuring the freedoms, human rights, and very existence of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples.