Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples led by the East Turkistan Government in Exile (ETGE) held demonstrations across the world to protest China’s brutal campaign of colonization, genocide, and occupation in East Turkistan ahead of the 4 year Anniversary of Chinese butcher Chen Quanguo’s appointment as the Chinese Communist Party Secretary of the so-called “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.” “Xinjiang” is the Chinese colonial term meaning the “New Territory” which is used by China to refer to East Turkistan.
Protests led by the East Turkistan Government in Exile were across the world on August 28, 2020 in the cities of Adelaide, Tokyo, Frankfurt, The Hauge, Paris, New York City, Washington DC, and Edmonton, Canada.
Prime Minister Salih Hudayar, of the the East Turkistan Government in Exile, delivered a statement in front United Nations headquarters in New York City on Friday August 28, 2019. He urged the international community to officially recognize the China’s genocide against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples and take action to stop it.
He stated, “For over 70 years, since the occupation of East Turkistan in late 1949, China has been engaging in a brutal campaign of colonization and genocide in East Turkistan. In recent years, since the arrival of Chinese tyrant Chen Quango to Occupied East Turkistan from Occupied Tibet, at least 3 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, Tatars, and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan have been sent to concentration camps, prisons, and labor camps.”
Prime Minister Hudayar further stated that, “the UN and all governments across the world must uphold its commitments to ‘NEVER AGAIN’ and oppose the evil Chinese regime that is holding over 3 million people in concentration camps and engaging in genocide in the 21st century. We urge the UN and all governments across the world to officially recognize China’s atrocities and crimes against humanity as a genocide while also recognizing East Turkistan as an Occupied Country. The UN and all countries across the world must take action, through all means necessary, to stop China’s genocide in Occupied East Turkistan.”
Zumrat Dawut, a survivor of China’s concentration camp in East Turkistan, also spoke in front of the UN and spoke about forced sterilization, rape, forced abortions of Uyghur and other Turkic women in East Turkistan.
The East Turkistan Government in Exile submitted a letter to the UN urging UN General Secretary Antonio Gutteres to formally recognize the China’s Genocide of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan and invoke the UN General Assembly and the Security Council to take action to stop the genocide immediately. A similar letter urging US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to do the same was received in person by US State Department officials on Friday, August 28, 2020.
The East Turkistan Government in Exile calls on all people across the world to engage in a peaceful campaign against China’s atrocities by informing others about the genocide and other crimes against humanity being perpetrated against Occupied East Turkistan’s oppressed people. We urge all countries to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction China and help East Turkistan and its people to regain their stolen freedom and independence.
We again reiterate that restoring East Turkistan’s independence is the only way to safeguard and ensure the freedoms, human rights, and very existence of the Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples of East Turkistan. We ask all countries, organizations, and individuals to join us and help us to bring justice and peace by ending China’s prolonged campaign of colonization, genocide, and occupation in East Turkistan.
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