PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
East Turkistan Government in Exile
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14 June 2021
WASHINGTON – The Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic adopted a resolution recognizing China’s atrocities against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan as genocide and calling on the Czech Government to engage in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics over the genocide.
The resolution, officially the 228th Resolution, was adopted at the 12th plenary session of the Czech Senate held on 10 June 2021.
The resolution states that the Czech Senate “notes with concern, that there are massive violations of human rights and freedoms, genocide and crimes against humanity, ethnic discrimination, and the suppression of cultural, religious, and political identity in the PRC, in particularly with the Autonomous Regions of Tibet and Xinjiang [East Turkistan].”
The East Turkistan Government in Exile thanks the Czech Republic’s Senate for recognizing China’s atrocities against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples as genocide, and for calling on the Czech Government to engage in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter 2022 Olympics.
Also on 10 June 2021, lawyers for the East Turkistan Government in Exile and the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement (ETNAM) filed further evidence in their complaint against China at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and is calling on the ICC member states to support its efforts to seek justice for the people of East Turkistan.
“We thank the Republic’s Senate for joining the US, Canada, The Netherlands, the UK, and Lithuania by recognizing China’s atrocities against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan as genocide,” stated Prime Minister Salih Hudayar of the East Turkistan Government in Exile. “The UN and NATO must urgently address this ongoing humanitarian crisis in East Turkistan,” he added calling on the NATO summit in Brussels to more openly address the genocide in East Turkistan.
On 14 June 2021, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) convened its 31st formal meeting of heads of state and heads of government in Brussels.
A joint communique was issued by NATO focusing on China, stating that China’s “stated ambitions and assertive behavior present systematic challenges to the rule-based order.”
NATO also vaguely warned that it was concerned about China’s “coercive policies” in reference to China’s ongoing genocide of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan.
There is no doubt that what China’s ongoing systematic attacks against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in Occupied East Turkistan constitute genocide as defined under the UN Genocide Convention and is in violation of international laws and norms. As a result of China’s economic and political influence in the UN, the United Nations has been largely silent and has failed to address the ongoing genocide in East Turkistan.
The East Turkistani diaspora especially the Uyghurs, led by the East Turkistan Government in Exile are calling on NATO to urgently address the most pressing ongoing humanitarian crisis of the 21st century.
Previously, NATO engaged in humanitarian intervention to end Yugoslavia’s bloodshed and ethnic cleansing of Albanians and others in Kosovo. In March 2011, NATO also engaged in humanitarian intervention in Libya to end the mass atrocities committed by Libyan dictator Mummar Qadhafi against Libyan civilians.