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China's Gulag Archipelago in East Turkistan

According to the US Department of Defense, some 3 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Turkic peoples are being held in Concentration Camps across East Turkistan. We believe that when including those being held in prisons and labor camps, the number of people detained could be much higher.



National Independence

ETNAM firmly believes that without restoring East Turkistan’s national independence, we cannot truly preserve the existence of East Turkistan and its people, let alone safeguard their basic human rights and religious freedoms. Thus, ETNAM is fully committed to peacefully struggling to restore East Turkistan’s independence, whilst adhering to the principles of non-violence.


Concentration Camps & Genocide

One of the fundamental missions of ETNAM is to expose China’s brutal campaign of genocide in East Turkistan and to shut down China’s concentration camps. Ultimately, our goal is to end China’s brutal ongoing campaign of genocide, colonization, and occupation in East Turkistan, with the support of the wider Free World.


Women's Rights

ETNAM is fully committed to the preservation and advancement of Women’s Rights, both in East Turkistan and throughout our diaspora community. We are especially focused on documenting and opposing China’s violations of women’s rights in East Turkistan in order to bring an end to the systematic rape and trauma perpetrated by China and its Occupation forces.

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Welcome to the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement

The East Turkistan National Awakening Movement (ETNAM) is a nonviolent movement to end China’s occupation and oppression in East Turkistan. Our goal is to restore East Turkistan’s Independence as a democratic, open, pluralistic Republic guaranteeing Human Rights and Freedom for all. ETNAM is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit human rights and political rights organization based in Washington, DC.

Who are the Uyghurs?

With a history of over 6000 years, the Uyghurs are an ethnically Turkic people living mostly in East Turkistan and Central Asia. The Uyghurs are predominantly Muslims practicing a moderate form of Islam. There are an estimated 30 million Uyghurs living in East Turkistan and abroad. Chinese sources generally under estimate the population of the Uyghurs and put the number around 12 million. The Uyghurs are the most persecuted people today

Where is East Turkistan?

East Turkistan, located in the very center of Asia, is the historical Homeland of the Uyghurs and other Turkic Central Asian peoples. East Turkistan has effectively been occupied by China since December 22, 1949. East Turkistan neighbors nine countries – Mongolia (including South Mongolia), Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Tibet. East Turkistan is referred to as “Xinjiang (New Territory)” by China.

The East Turkistan Issue

Under decades of Chinese occupation and colonization since 1949, East Turkistan and its people are under severe threat of being eradicated as China’s government continues to deliberately carry out genocidal policies designed to eradicate all aspects of East Turkistan and its peoples. Today over 3 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, and other Turkic peoples of East Turkistan are being held in concentration camps and prisons.