PRESS RELEASE: ETNAM Calls on the International Community and the Media to Investigate & Stop China’s Forced Relocation of Imprisoned Uyghurs
Press Release – For Immediate Release
October 3, 2018
East Turkistan National Awakening Movement
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In recent days, ETNAM has received alarming reports from East Turkistan regarding the population transfer of Uyghurs and more the cancellation of rail transportation services into and out of East Turkistan. According to China’s state-run Urumchi Evening News, East Turkistan’s (so-called “Xinjiang”) railway department will stop selling train tickets leaving and arriving in East Turkistan, as well as local train services within East Turkistan, beginning on October 22, 2018. The cancellation of train services in East Turkistan, along with the rapid rise of the number of concentration camps being built across East Turkistan, is generating suspicion amongst much of the East Turkistani/Uyghur diaspora community regarding the fate of East Turkistan’s people, especially the millions who are illegally & arbitrarily detained in Communist China’s extrajudicial concentration camps.
In early September, news began to emerge from East Turkistan regarding forced population transfers of Uyghurs from East Turkistan to China Proper. It wasn’t until September 21, 2018 when the Epoch Times confirmed these allegations, reporting that local police officers in East Turkistan had signed confidentiality agreements not to reveal that Uyghurs were being transported elsewhere. A few days later, Radio Free Asia reported that more than 100 special police officers secretly transferred more than 3,000 Uyghurs out of concentration camps in Künes County (so-called “Xinyuan” County), East Turkistan, to China Proper. Three days later, on September 28, 2018, Radio Free Asia reported that a police officer in Bulaqsu (Bulakesuxiang) village of Kasghar’s Konasheher (so-called “Shufu”) County confirmed that local security forces were transporting groups of Uyghurs held in concentration camps to Chinese provinces in China Proper.
Furthermore, this week, video footage of over a dozen Uyghur men hugging their fathers and tearfully bidding them a final farewell was circulated across WeChat, WhatsApp, and other social media platforms which popular among the East Turkistani/Uyghur diaspora community. On September 30, 2018, a Chinese YouTuber under the channel name stone记, released a 13 minute video talking about the forced transfer of Uyghurs to China Proper. The video highlighted the forced population transfer of Uyghurs to Chinese provinces, the cancellation of all rail services into and out of East Turkistan, and even a ban on Chinese tourists from visiting East Turkistan. In the video the, Chinese YouTuber stated that over 2,000 Uyghurs have been forcibly transferred to Heilongjiang province in Northeastern China. He also claimed that Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the Uyghurs that had been transferred to Heilongjiang and that those who were transferred there had previously been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison in East Turkistan.
This Chinese YouTuber also speculates that something big will soon happen in East Turkistan, and he compares what may come in the near future to the Nanking Massacre during World War II, when the Empire of Japan invaded what was then known as the Republic of China. According to his speculation, the Chinese government is forcibly relocating hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of Uyghurs and Kazakhs, spreading them across China in order to easily massacre them. This YouTuber ends his video by calling on Chinese citizens and the international community to oppose China’s crimes against humanity and to prevent another mass genocide from occurring in the 21st century, comparing the current situation of the Uyghur and Turkic peoples of East Turkistan under Chinese rule to Nazi Germany’s handling of the Jewish people during the Holocaust.
Over the past 69 years, the People’s Republic of China has illegally occupied and colonized East Turkistan, Tibet, and Southern Mongolia. Millions of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Tibetans, Mongols, and other peoples have lost their lives. Beginning in late 2016, China began rounding up Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, and Tatars in East Turkistan and sending them to “counter-extremism” or “political & cultural re-education” concentration camps. According to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, as of August 10, 2018, some 1 million Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples were imprisoned in secretive “counter-extremism” centers, with a further 2 million or more in “political & cultural re-education camps.” Tens of thousands of Uyghur and other Turkic women have been forcibly married to Chinese men in a bid to eradicate the future of Uyghur & Turkic existence in East Turkistan, and hundreds of thousands of Uyghur & Turkic children have been forcibly separated from their families.
The international community is witnessing a genocide in the making.
ETNAM has grave fears that the People’s Republic of China is indeed preparing to physically carry out a mass genocide of the Uyghur & Turkic peoples in East Turkistan, given the compelling evidence and reports that have emerged from East Turkistan in recent months, and indeed, in recent days. Despite numerous international treaties – such as the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), and, most importantly, the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG), which collectively prohibit all signatories from engaging in acts of discrimination, violence, and genocide – the international community has continued to stand silent in the face of Communist China’s egregious violations.
Thus, we call on the United Nations, world leaders, and the global media to break the cycle of silence by actively striving to stop Communist China’s oppression of Uyghurs and end Communist China’s illegal occupation of East Turkistan. At a bare minimum, we ask that the international community (1) investigate these reports, (2) pressure Communist China to stop the forced transfer of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan to China Proper, (3) recognize that East Turkistan is occupied by China, (4) acknowledge that what is occurring is indeed genocide, (5) uphold & enforce the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
We further call upon China to immediately, & without precondition, (1) stop the forced population transfer of Uyghurs & other Turkic peoples of East Turkistan to China Proper, (2) release the millions of people incarcerated in these concentration camps, (3) re-unite the hundreds of thousands of Uyghur children who have been separated from their families, & (4) end the illegal occupation of East Turkistan.