Salih Hudayar Speaks at ‘Committee on the Present Danger: China’ Event

The mission of the “Committee on the Present Danger: China” is to help defend America through public education and advocacy against the full array of conventional and non-conventional dangers posed by the People’s Republic of China. As with the Soviet Union in the past, Communist China represents an existential and ideological threat to the United States and to the idea of freedom—one that requires a new American consensus regarding the policies and priorities required to defeat this threat. And for this purpose, it is necessary to bring to bear the collective skills, expertise and energies of a diverse group of experts on China, national security practitioners, human rights and religious freedom activists and others who have joined forces under the umbrella of the “Committee on Present Danger: China.”

Salih Hudayar’s full speech:

Good afternoon,

I want to thank Frank Gaffney and the rest of the Committee for having me.

My name is Salih Hudayar. I am a Uyghur. And I am an American.

I was born in China-Occupied East Turkistan, a land that some of you might know as “Xinjiang.”

In 1949, our Independent Republic of East Turkistan was invaded by
Chinese Communist forces, our sovereign government was overthrown, and theChinese Communist Party began a brutal campaign to assert their control overour Homeland.

They renamed our Homeland to “Xinjiang.” It literally means “New
Territory.” But to this day, the Uyghurs & other native people don’t call
it that. We call it “East Turkistan.”

And we would ask that you call it “East Turkistan,” too.

My story begins when I was just a child.

When I was 4 years old, my uncle was arrested. His crime? He was seen
reading a religious book.

Eager to find out where my uncle got the banned book, the police raided our
home in the middle of the night.

The Communist authorities grabbed me and told my family that they would kill me unless they told them what they wanted to hear.

Desperate to save my 4-year old life, my family told the Communist authorities everything that they wanted hear.

As a result, most of the adult males in my family were arrested.

Today, I have over 100 relatives, including my immediate and extended
family, who are imprisoned in China’s vast system of prisons, concentration
camps, & Bingtuan labor camps.

Every time I speak out, the Chinese Communist Party’s Occupation forces
target my family.

And I’m sure that they’ll be watching today’s live-streamed event and
will only target my family more. But that will not silence me.

With every family member they arrest, torture, or kill, my resolve to advocate
for East Turkistan’s Independence only solidifies. I will not kowtow. I will
not bow.

When I was 7, my family was finally able to afford to flee our Homeland,
and we came to America.

We settled in Oklahoma, and here, in the land of the free and the home of
the brave, we felt welcomed.

I joined the United States Army with the hopes of becoming a military
officer, in order to show my gratitude to the nation which gave my family hope.

Unfortunately, my military career was cut short and I was honorably discharged due to a kidney condition.

I love America. America is my home.

Since I left East Turkistan, China’s campaign of terror against the people of East Turkistan has only intensified.

This is a war on ethnically Turkic people.

This is a war on religion.

And most of all, this is a war on an idea: the idea of a free and independent
East Turkistan.

The oppression of religion is what I want to talk about today.

First off – to clear up any misconceptions – China’s war on religion
isn’t limited to only Uyghurs or other Muslims. Christians are being profoundly affected, too. And so too are Buddhists and practitioners of Falun Gong. Even religions with few adherents in China, like Judaism, Hinduism, & Daoism, are suffering under this brutal campaign.

Today, the United Nations estimates that upwards of 3 million innocent
souls are being held in so-called “re-education camps” & “vocational
training centers.”

These are sick euphemisms for “concentration camps.”

Mosques, churches, and temples are being destroyed.

Facial recognition cameras are being deployed around religious buildings.

Muslim Imams, Christian pastors, and Buddhist monks are being surveilled
and arrested.

Faithful Muslims are being forced to eat pork and drink alcohol.

And China isn’t just targeting the faithful. It’s targeting their
leaders, too.

Through coercion, intimidation, bribery, disinformation, or some combination of
the four, China has managed to win the silence of Pope Francis and Saudi King bin Salman.

The faithful in China, and the regions it occupies, like East Turkistan
& Tibet, are left without defenders.

China’s war on religion, war on Turkic peoples, war on the idea of an
Independent East Turkistan, isn’t limited to male adults. Vulnerable women and children are being targeted, too. Even the unborn.

East Turkistani women are being forced to marry ethnically Han, atheist,
Communist Chinese men.

Expectant Uyghur mothers are being forced to undergo abortions in order
to comply with China’s arbitrary population control policies.

In the camps, men and women are being sterilized.

Children are being separated from their families and being placed in
state-run orphanages. Even in my own family, many of my youngest relatives are missing.

For the Chinese Communist Party, Communism is a religion in and of

They seek to place the state higher than all other powers.

History shows that totalitarian, genocidal regimes often do this.

Look at Nazi Germany. Look at Soviet Russia.

The Uyghurs and other people of East Turkistan are only the latest victims of

At any moment, China may decide to shift from slowly starving us in
concentration camps to actively exterminating us.

Without meaningful international action, the people of East Turkistan may
be facing a Holocaust.

What we need today is for America to resurrect the lessons of the Cold

America is in an existential battle with a rising totalitarian hegemon.

We should stop trade negotiations with the religion-hating, human
rights-abusing regime in Beijing, and instead impose punishing trade tariffs
and human rights sanctions.

American consumers should be rallied to boycott “Made in China” goods,
especially those made with forced labor.

American banks and institutional investors should lead an effort to
divest from Chinese stocks, especially the stocks of companies who are
knowingly enabling China’s human rights atrocities.

For our part, our organization, the East Turkistan National Awakening
Movement, is leading the nonviolent effort to advocate for restoring East
Turkistani Independence, and we won’t stop.

It is vital that America recognize the clear and present danger that
China poses to all free people, marshaling all available resources to wage a
whole-of-government effort to undermine the Chinese Communist Party and to
support the aspirations of peaceful pro-independence & pro-democracy
activists in Occupied East Turkistan, Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southern
Mongolia, Manchuria, & elsewhere.

I am here to tell you: the people of East Turkistan support Independence.

The people of East Turkistan support America.

And the people of East Turkistan hope that America will support us, too.

Thank you, and God bless you.

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