Statement on International Women’s Day

The statement below is attributed to the President’s Office

Today marks International Women’s Day. Throughout East Turkistan’s long history, women have been on the frontlines of protecting and nurturing our nation, preserving our culture and identity. Numerous women leaders arose to lead our nation and to defend our country.

As the world commemorates International Women’s Day, we would like to highlight the millions of women in East Turkistan facing all sorts of physical and psychological violence perpetrated by the Chinese Government as part of its genocide in East Turkistan.

East Turkistani women are again on the frontlines in our struggle to end China’s occupation and genocide in East Turkistan. Brave and heroic women like Sayragul Sauytbay, Tursunay Ziawudun, Mihrigul Tursun, Zumret Dawut, Ghulbahar Jalilova, and countless others had brought international attention to the genocide that China has been undertaking in East Turkistan. Numerous East Turkistani women worldwide are also leading our diaspora community in advocacy efforts across the globe.

We are grateful to all East Turkistani women, the mothers and daughters of our nation, for the sacrifices they made and continue to make daily to preserve our nation.

China’s atrocities against East Turkistani women is an attack on all women worldwide. We call on all women’s rights organizations, women leaders, and activists worldwide to stand in solidarity with the women of East Turkistan.

Hundreds of thousands of Uyghur and other Turkic women have been forcibly sterilized. Chinese forces are systematically raping Uyghur and other East Turkistani women in concentration camps and prisons. Furthermore, young Uyghur and other Turkic women are forced to marry Chinese men to eradicate our population.

Recently, the U.S. Government, the Parliaments of Canada, and the Netherlands have formally recognized Chinas’s atrocities against Uyghur and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan as genocide.

While we are forever grateful to the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands for recognizing the genocide, it is not enough. The world must acknowledge the fundamental cause of this genocide: East Turkistan was invaded and occupied by China. For over 71 years, East Turkistan and its people have been crying for help from the international community.

We again call on the international community, including women’s rights organizations, leaders, and activists, to immediately take meaningful actions to end China’s ongoing genocide in Occupied East Turkistan and China’s systematic assault on women.

We call on all governments, organizations, and individuals, especially women athletes, across the world to boycott the 2022 China Genocide Olympics and pressure the International Olympics Committee to relocate it to another country that is not engaged in genocide.

We call on all governments across the world to recognize East Turkistan as an Occupied Country and assist East Turkistan in ending China’s prolonged colonization and occupation of East Turkistan by providing political and diplomatic support to the East Turkistan Government in Exile.

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