Supporters of the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement in the US capital, Washington DC will later today march from the White House to the US State Department on Friday, June 4 from 1:30 PM to 3 PM EST to protest China’s genocide.
We are calling on the US Government and the Free World to take urgent and meaningful action against the genocide of the Uyghur, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Turkic peoples of Occupied East Turkistan (renamed Xinjiang, China) the Movement says as it calls upon the American government to:
- Expedite asylum cases and grant refuge to Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples fleeing China’s genocide.
- Support East Turkistan’s case in the International Criminal Court (ICC) against China’s officials.
- Bring the plight of East Turkistan to the agenda of the UN Security Council
- Boycott the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics
- Call on the UN to enforce the UN Genocide Convention and uphold the Responsibility to Protect commitment
- Recognize East Turkistan as an Occupied Country
- Empower the East Turkistani People to safeguard and ensure their culture, freedom, human rights, independence and existence.
To date, the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Lithuania, and the Netherlands all classify China’s actions as genocide – the most grievous human rights designation.
Uyghurs are an ethnic group based in central Asia. who have practiced their culture, language, and diverse religions throughout human history. It is estimated that 2-3 million Uyghurs, and other Turkic peoples, are held in concentration camps by Chinese authorities where they are subjected to constant intimidation, coercion, and physical violence, and surveillance. Methods range anywhere from physical and psychological abuse to threats against families.
While in the camps, government officials force Uyghurs to erase their culture, language, and religion. Women are sterilized, and children are separated from their families.
They are also used for slave labor to benefit Chinese factories. This practice occurs in two ways.
The first way is using factories located in the East Turkistan region (renamed Xinjiang) to produce goods at no labor cost.
The second is relocating Uyghurs from their homeland in East Turkistan to factories elsewhere in China. The latter is used as a tactic to prevent advocacy for workers’ rights. Other sources claim it is to dissociate Uyghurs from their culture and homes.