MEDIA ADVISORY: ETNAM Urges Biden Administration to Act on Genocide Designation

MEDIA ADVISORY – For Immediate Release
East Turkistan National Awakening Movement (ETNAM)
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February 3, 2021 | 5:00 PM EST

Peaceful Demonstration on Anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre
U.S. State Department, Fri, Feb 5, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

WASHINGTON: The East Turkistan National Awakening Movement (ETNAM) invites the media to cover our event on Friday, February 5, 2021, from 1:30 PM-3 PM in front of the U.S. State Department (2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC) to commemorate the 24th Anniversary of the 1997 Ghulja Massacre.

We will also be thanking the U.S. Government for designating China’s atrocities against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan (renamed “Xinjiang” by China) as genocide and urging the Biden Administration to act swiftly on it.

WHO: East Turkistan National Awakening Movement (ETNAM)

WHAT: Remembering the Ghulja Massacre and Urging the Biden Administration to Act Against China’s Genocide

WHERE: Rally in front of the U.S. State Department – 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520

WHEN: Friday, February 5, from 1:30 PM – 3 PM EST 

ETNAM WILL BE URGING THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TO DO THE FOLLOWING:

1. The U.S. and its allies should support the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement and the East Turkistan Government in Exile’s ongoing case against China at the International Criminal Court  (See ICC complaint)

2. Boycott the Beijing 2022 Olympics.

3. Introduce the US declaration of genocide as an agenda for the UN Security Council

4. Prosecute China’s diplomats in the U.S., including its Ambassador Cui Tianki, for genocide under US Code 1091

5. Acknowledge East Turkistan as an Occupied Country.  (East Turkistan was renamed “Xinjiang” after the CCP Occupation in 1949)

BACKGROUND

In the early days of February 1997, hundreds of largely Uyghur Muslim residents gathered in the town of Ghulja in the Ili district in Chinese-occupied East Turkistan to peacefully protest the recent execution of 30 Uyghur activists by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the continued restrictions against their traditional way of life. On the morning of February 5th, as peaceful marches continued, armed Chinese security officials descended on Ghulja, arresting thousands of peaceful civilians, subjecting them to humiliating mistreatment; many were disfigured or lost limbs due to frostbite, others lost their lives. Protests and riots followed, which were met with a brutal crackdown by Chinese authorities. Reports from the region claim hundreds of Uyghurs lost their lives in the ensuing violence.

Since June 4, 2018, ETNAM had been actively campaigning the U.S. and other countries to designate China atrocities against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples as Genocide. On January 19, outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the CCP was guilty of “arbitrary imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty of more than one million civilians, forced sterilization, torture of a large number of those arbitrarily detained, forced labor, and the imposition of draconian restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and freedom of movement.”

Newly confirmed Secretary of State Antony Blinken did not hesitate to express his agreement with a determination made on the Trump administration’s last day that China’s treatment of its Uyghur and Turkic peoples as a genocide.