Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other East Turkistanis in Washington, DC led gathered in front of the U.S. State Department earlier today to commemorate the 24th Anniversary of the 1997 Ghulja Massacre. The East Turkistan Government in Exile and the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement also urged the U.S. Government to act against China’s genocide of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Turkic peoples in Occupied East Turkistan.
On February 5th 1997, thousands of Uyghur, Kazakh and other Turkic peoples of East Turkistan being unable to no longer bear China’s decades long oppression in East Turkistan took to the streets of Ghulja to peacefully demand freedom and independence for our country and its people. The demonstrations were brutally crushed by Chinese security forces leaving at least hundreds dead and thousands arrested.
“We remember and honor the brave men and women who peacefully sought justice for our people and end to China’s decades long colonization and occupation of our country. Despite it being brutally crushed, the Ghulja Revolution played a crucial role in awakening our nation and showing the world the determined will of our people to strive for their freedom and independence,” said Salih Hudayar, ETNAM’s Founder and the Prime Minister of the East Turkistan Government in Exile.
On January 19, 2021, the U.S. Government under the Trump Administration designated China’s atrocities against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples as genocide. The designation was affirmed by the U.S. Government under the Biden Administration with new the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterating the designation.
Last week, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stated that the U.S. must be prepared to impose costs on China for its actions against Uyghurs and Turkic peoples in East Turkistan, its crackdown on Hong Kong, and its threats towards Taiwan.
Speaking at the rally earlier today, Mr. Hudayar stated that “ East Turkistanis thank the U.S. Government for all that they done for our country and its people. We urge the U.S. Government under the leadership of President Joe Biden and the U.S. State Department under the leadership of Secretary Anthony Blinken to act swiftly to end China’s 21st century Holocaust-like Genocide in East Turkistan.”
Earlier this week, BBC News published an alarming report about China’s systematic rape, sexual abuse, and torture of Uyghur and other Turkic women in concentration camps across East Turkistan.
“Massacres like the Ghulja Massacre are ongoing at the present moment as China seeks to eradicate our country and its people. Time is running out for East Turkistan and its people, our men are being killed for their organs, our women are being systematically raped, sexually abused, sterilized and tortured, and our children are being forcibly assimilated,” Mr. Hudayar added.
The East Turkistan Government in Exile and the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urging the U.S. government to take the following actions:
- Bring forth U.S. designation of China’s atrocities in East Turkistan as genocide to the agenda of the UN Security Council and urge the UN General Assembly to uphold its legal obligations under the UN Genocide Convention and the Responsibility to Protect commitment made by all members of the UN in 2005.
- The U.S. and its allies should supportive East Turkistan Government in Exile and East Turkistan National Awakening Movement’s ongoing complaint against China at the International Criminal Court. The U.S. and others should also file a parallel complaint at the International Court of Justice.
- The U.S. should lead the Free World in Boycotting the 2022 Olympics schedule to be held in Beijing and urge the International Olympic Committee to choose a country that is not engaging in an ongoing genocide to host the 2022 Olympics.
- Grant refuge to Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples from East Turkistan that have fled China’s genocide in the United States. We urge the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its Citizenship and Immigration Services to expedite visas, asylum approvals and green cards for Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples from East Turkistan.
- The U.S. Justice Department should act swiftly to implement U.S. laws and prosecute China’s diplomats in the U.S., including its Ambassador Cui Tianki and its Permanent Representative to the U.N. Zhang Jun, for genocide under US Code Section 1091
- The U.S. must take a more proactive approach to resolving the East Turkistan issue and putting a complete end to the genocide by addressing the root of the genocide and other atrocities. The U.S. must recognize East Turkistan as an Occupied Country and assist East Turkistan and its people to end China’s illegal occupation of East Turkistan.