5 September 2020 | Washington, DC
The below statement is attributed to the Executive Council of the East Turkistan Government in Exile
It has come to our notice that an Uyghur organization based in Istanbul, Turkey known as the East Turkistan Education and Solidarity Association (ETESA) or “Maarip” has been recently announced that it will be publishing a journal copying the title of the official journal of the East Turkistan Government in Exile (ETGE) : The Voice of East Turkistan.
In order to prevent any confusion or possible false association or affiliation by others, we would like to make it very clear that the East Turkistan Government in Exile (ETGE) is NOT affiliated with the East Turkistan Education and Solidarity Association (ETESA) in any form.
We kindly urge the ETESA to publish its journal using a different title rather than copying the title of the official journal of the East Turkistan Government in Exile in order to avoid any confusion or false association.
The Voice of East Turkistan journal was originally published by the the late East Turkistan independence leader and chairman of the East Turkistan Liberation Committee Yusupbek Mukhlis from April 1979 until his death in August 2004. The East Turkistan Government in Exile was established in September 14, 2004 and following the ETGE’s 8th General Assembly in Washington, DC, the ETGE decided to re-start the publication as its official journal as of November 2019.