October 1st 2020 – Washington, DC
71 years ago, on October 1st 1949, the Chinese Communist Party came to power and established the People’s Republic of China. Twelve days later on October 13, 1949, the People’s Liberation Army invaded East Turkistan and on December 22, 1949 the independent East Turkistan Republic was overthrown bringing colonization, genocide, and occupation which continues to this day.
Over the past 71 years, the people of East Turkistan have continuously resisted Chinese occupation and sought to regain their independence resulting in countless massacres, severe colonization and genocide.
In recent years, over 3 million but maybe up (8 million according to China’s latest white paper) million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Turkic peoples of East Turkistan have been sent to concentration camp, prisons, and labor camps.
Hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs and other Turkic people are being used as slave labor and tens of thousands are being killed for their organs as part of China’s campaign of organ harvesting. Over 500,000 Uyghur and other Turkic children have been forcibly separated from their families and sent to state-run orphanages and boarding schools to be raised as “loyal Chinese citizens.” Tens of thousands of Uyghur and other Turkic women have been forcibly married to Chinese men, while hundreds of thousands of Uyghur and other Turkic women have been forcibly sterilized by the Chinese government. Over 3.7 million Uyghur and other Turkic babies have been forcibly aborted by the Chinese government as part of its policy of genocide. Furthermore, 46 Chinese nuclear tests have directly anywhere from 190,000 to 750,000 people in East Turkistan and left millions with cancerous diseases as a result of radiation.
There is no doubt what China is doing in East Turkistan is a genocide. On July 6, 2020, the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement and the East Turkistan Government in Exile filed a formal complaint urging the International Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute Chinese officials for genocide and other crimes against humanity. We call on governments across the world to support this effort.
The people of East Turkistan have been waiting for 71 years for the international community and countries like the United States to hear our pleas for help and assist us. The root of the genocide is the fact that East Turkistan is an Occupied County. East Turkistan and its people have consistently resisted Chinese occupation as we sought to regain our independence. The loss of independence has brought our nation nothing but death and destruction to the point where we are on the brink of becoming wiped out. Restoring East Turkistan’s independence is the only way to ensure the freedoms, human rights, and very existence of our people.
If the world truly cares about human rights, freedom, and the survival of the Uyghurs, they must support the restoration of East Turkistan’s independence.
As you know, we are a dispossessed people, our freedom, our wealth, and our future is being robbed from us and we are struggling to strengthen our democracy in exile and maintain East Turkistan and its peoples’ very existence.
We call on the United States and all nations across the world to come to our aid by recognizing the genocide and recognizing East Turkistan as an Occupied country. The world must stand uphold its promise of NEVER AGAIN and resist China and its Communist Party’s colonization, genocide and occupation in East Turkistan.