On October 1st, at least ten organizations will be demonstrating at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City (from 10 AM to 1PM) to oppose China’s Communist Party on the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the so-called People’s Republic of China. Organizations participating include:
- Tibetan Youth Congress
- Students for Free Tibet
- US Tibet Committee
- Chushi Gangdruk
- East Turkistan National Awakening Movement
- Keep Taiwan Free
- Taiwanese American Association of New York
- Free Southern Mongolia
- FreeKazakhs (Kazakhstan)
- Federation of Turkish American Associations
Since its founding, the People’s Republic of China has oppressed its own citizens, invaded other lands, subjugated people of other ethnicities, waged a brutal war on religion, and denied even the most basic human rights to those it has claimed dominion over. Moreover, it has threatened its neighbors, threatened to invade the sovereign and independent territory of Taiwan, stolen American technology, intellectual property, and jobs, and empowered despots, dictators, and terrorists around the world.
During this period, China has illegally occupied and colonized East Turkistan, Tibet, Manchuria, and Southern Mongolia (also known as Inner Mongolia). Over the years, China has used colonial-style policies of genocide to oppress, marginalize, and assimilate (if not eradicate) the distinct identity of the peoples of East Turkistan, Tibet, and Southern Mongolia. In recent years, China has increased its totalitarian rule and ruthless oppression following Xi Jinping’s ascent to power and moved towards an openly fascist governance by seeking eradicating all aspects of culture and identity deemed as non-Chinese.
As a result of China’s slide towards fascism, over 3 million of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, and Tartars to be incarcerated in “counter extremism” and “political and cultural re-education” concentration camps in East Turkistan, according to findings by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; Uyghur and Kazakh sources however estimate that the number is much higher. Hundreds of thousands of Uyghur children have forcibly separated from their families and tens of thousands of Uyghur women have been forcibly married to ethnic Chinese men in a bid to eradicate the future of Uyghur existence.
Furthermore, China has targeted all religions, destroying mosques, churches, and temples across East Turkistan, Tibet, Southern Mongolia, and even in China proper itself, deeming Islam an “ideological virus” and Christianity a western threat to Chinese culture and way of life. Moreover, the peaceful practitioners of Falun Gong/Falun Dafa have been targeted as well, with credible reports surfacing of forced organ harvesting from their practioniers, among other unspeakable abuses. The issue of human rights violations, religious persecution, and even covert genocide in East Turkistan, Tibet, and Southern Mongolia has been raised in the past, however it has been largely ignored by the international community, the Islamic world, and the global media.
On top of all this, China has exported its authoritarian influence across large swaths of Central Asia, empowering autocrats (as in Kazakhstan) and even funding theocrats and terrorists (as in Iran). Using exploitative practices and predacious loans, China has used its Belt and Road Initiative to subjugate governments throughout the developing world.
Thus, we call on the United Nations, world leaders, and the global media to break the cycle of silence and actively strive to stop the oppression and illegal occupation of East Turkistan, Tibet, and Southern Mongolia by the Chinese government, as well as to call attention to China’s other human rights abuses and malign behaviors. At a bare minimum, we ask that the international community (1) recognize that these territories are Occupied by China, (2) acknowledge that what is occurring is indeed Genocide, especially the situation in East Turkistan, & (3) uphold & enforce the United Nations’ Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
We further call upon China to (1) immediately, & without precondition, release the millions of people incarcerated in these concentration camps, to (2) re-unite the hundreds of thousands of Uyghur children that have been separated from their families, to (3) end the occupation of East Turkistan & Tibet, (4) to cease asserting its illegitimate claims that Taiwan is a “breakaway province, (5) to respect the international ruling which rejected its illegitimate claims over the Philippines’ territorial waters, (6) to cease its theft of American technology, intellectual property, and jobs, and (7) to immediately come into compliance with the UN Declaration of Human Rights, unconditionally releasing all prisoners of conscience.
We urge all members of the media to attend this protest, and to talk to participants, rather than covering China’s massive military parade, which is designed to intimidate the Free World.