US Must End Trade Deal With China and Recognize the Uyghur Genocide

August 14, 2020 | Washington, DC

Today is a special day of mourning for East Turkistan and its people. On August 14, 1924, Abdukadir Avdulvaris Damolla, the father of the modern East Turkistan national movement, was assassinated by traitors who collaborated with Chinese forces.

Ahead of US-China trade talks taking place on Saturday, August 15, 2020, the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement (ETNAM) led a demonstration in front of the White House on earlier today from 11 am – 12:30 to protest China’s Uyghur genocide and called on the US Government to end its trade deal with China.

For over 70 years, since the occupation of East Turkistan in late 1949, China has been engaging in a brutal campaign of colonization and genocide in East Turkistan. In recent years, over 3 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, Tatars, and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan have been sent to concentration camps, prisons, and labor camps. 

Hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs and other Turkic people are being used as slave labor. Tens of thousands are being killed for their organs as part of China’s campaign of organ harvesting. Over 500,000 Uyghur and other Turkic children have been forcibly separated from their families and sent to state run orphanages and boarding schools to  be raised as “loyal Chinese citizens.” Tens of thousands of Uyghur and other Turkic women have been forcibly married to Chinese men, while hundreds of thousands of Uyghur and other Turkic women have been forcibly sterilized by the Chinese government. Over 3.7 million Uyghur and other Turkic babies have been forcibly aborted by the Chinese government as part of its policy of genocide. Furthermore, 46 Chinese nuclear tests have directly anywhere from 190,000 to 750,000 people in East Turkistan and left millions with cancerous diseases as a result of radiation.

There is no doubt what China is doing in East Turkistan is a genocide. Last month, the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement and the East Turkistan Government in Exile filed a formal complaint urging the International Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute Chinese officials for genocide and other crimes against humanity.

ETNAM’s Founder and Prime Minister of the East Turkistan Government in Exile, Salih Hudayar, gave a statement urging governments across the world to support this effort. He stated, “we call on member states of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) like the Australia, Canada,France, India, Japan, US, UK and others to file a parallel complaint to the ICJ and work to hold China accountable. “

The US Government and other governments across the world should uphold its commitment to ‘NEVER AGAIN,’ and stop engaging in trade deals with an evil regime that is holding over 3 million people in concentration camps and engaging in genocide in the 21st century.

Recently advertisements on Chinese websites have surfaced revealing that Uyghurs and Kazakhs are being sold, with Chinese government approval, as slave labor to Chinese companies. There is no doubt that many of the goods that are Made in China and sold in the US and across the World are made with Uyghur Slave Labor. Therefore, it is unethical and wrong for the US and other governments to be engaging in Trade deals with a brutal regime that is engaging in genocide and facilitating slavery in the 21st century. 

ETNAM called on the U.S. Government to end its trade deal with China. ETNAM also urged the US Government to officially recognize the atrocities as a genocide while also recognizing East Turkistan as an Occupied Country. The US and other countries in the Free World must TAKE ACTION, through sanctions and other means, to STOP China’s genocide in occupied East Turkistan.

Prime Minister Hudayar stated that “we again want to make it clear that China has been engaging in a brutal campaign of colonization and genocide in Occupied East Turkistan. If the world truly cares about human rights, freedom, and the survival of the Uyghurs, they must support the restoration of East Turkistan’s independence.”