The below statement is attributed to Salih Hudayar, the Founder of ETNAM and Prime Minister of the East Turkistan Government in Exile
Today is 9/11, also known as Patriot Day here in the United States. The terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001 was not just an attack on United States but an attack on all of humanity.
The East Turkistan Government in Exile resolutely opposes terrorism in all forms, including state terrorism that is being perpetrated by China and its forces against East Turkistan and its people.
For over 70 years, China and its Communist Party have been waging a brutal systematic campaign of colonization, genocide, and occupation while terrorizing East Turkistan and its people in the process.
Two weeks prior to the 9/11 Attacks, China claimed everything was peaceful and there was no conflict whatsoever in East Turkistan in an attempt to encourage foreign investment in East Turkistan or what it calls “Xinjiang.”
On November 12, 2001, on the anniversary of East Turkistan’s Independence Day – the day when Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Turkic peoples of East Turkistan rose up and declared independence as the East Turkistan Republic in 1933 and once more in 1944, China issued a statement at the UN Security Council highlight what it calls “East Turkistan terrorist forces.” In that statement, China deliberately fabricated the so-called “East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM)” in an effort to confuse the world into thinking that the broad East Turkistan Independence Movement (a national movement that existed since the 1920s) is an “Islamic Movement” in an effort to portray East Turkistan and its people as “terrorists.”
Unfortunately, as a result of aggressive Chinese diplomacy, many nations across the world bought into China’s lies that “Uyghurs are terrorists” and the existence of a terrorist organization called the “ETIM.” There is no evidence whatsoever of a group calling itself the “East Turkistan Islamic Movement,” nor was there any mention of such group prior to November 12, 2001.
Regarding the “ETIM”, the US State Department wrote in it’s ‘Country Report on Terrorism 2019: China’
“The PRC government’s CT attention remained on ethnic Uyghur so-called “extremists” whom Beijing ascribes to the the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, despite a lack of evidence that a group by that name is still active.
However, a terrorist group called the “Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP)” which operates in Syria and Afghanistan does exist. The TIP has direct allegiance to the Taliban who are in turn very close with China, leading many Uyghurs to think that the TIP could be a Chinese intelligence front created to mislead Uyghurs and radicalize them in order to justify China’s claims that Uyghurs are “terrorists.”
Immediately, Following the September 11 Attacks, China which is a perpetrator of state terrorism began to claim itself as being a victim of “terrorism” and began a brutal ‘War of Terror’ against East Turkistan and its people, especially Uyghurs.
Today, at least 3 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other Turkic peoples are locked up in concentration camps, prisons, and labor camps. Our people are being subject to forced indoctrination, sterilization, forced medication, organ harvesting, rape, torture, and even summary execution.
September 11, 2001 marks a day of dark tragedy for all of humanity. Since 9/11, everyday has been a full of tragedy for the Uyghurs as China has been using its state apparatus to engage in state terrorism against East Turkistan and its people. The greatest victims of terrorism in the 21st century are East Turkistan and its people.
Many might ask why is China doing all these atrocities, what is China’s motive? East Turkistan is a strategically located country comprising of 1.828.418 square kilometers, or roughly 1/5 of what the present territories of the so-called “People’s Republic of China.” East Turkistan is rich in natural and mineral resources and is a strategic gateway connecting China to Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and ultimately Europe. It is the corner stone of China’s Belt and Road Initiative for global economic, political, and military domination. East Turkistan is an Occupied Country, hence the Chinese refer to it as “Xinjiang” which means the New Territory in the Chinese language.
China fears losing control of East Turkistan, therefore it has demonized East Turkistan and its people, especially Uyghurs as “terrorists” much like the same way the Nazi demonized the Jews during the Holocaust. China seeks to eradicate East Turkistan and its people, seeing its a “final solution” to achieve its National Defense Strategy of “preventing the independence of East Turkistan.”
In July of this year, the East Turkistan Government in Exile and the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement filed a formal complaint urging the International Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute Chinese officials for genocide and other crimes against humanity.
We urge governments, organizations, and individuals across the world to support this case at ICC and we call on member states of the International Criminal Court to file a parallel complaint. We urge governments to officially recognize the Genocide and pressure the UN to uphold the Genocide Convention.
The world has vowed NEVER AGAIN following the Holocaust of the Jews by the Nazis during the 1930 to mid 1940s. What is happening in East Turkistan today is a 21st Century Holocaust which must be stopped before it is too late. How many millions of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples does China have to kill before the international community intervenes?
The people of East Turkistan are pleading for help, the only way that we can guarantee and ensure the human rights, freedoms, and the very survival of our people is only by restoring East Turkistan’s independence. Thus we urge governments across the world to formally recognize East Turkistan as an Occupied Country and assist East Turkistan and its people to regain their independence.