Uyghurs Urge Biden Not To Cancel ‘Captive Nations Week’

Staff: Tokyo, Bengaluru: White House Considers Dropping Annual Historic Proclamation

ETNAM protestor holds sign

East Turkistan National Awakening Movement protesters outside the White House urge the United States to take action to stop China’s oppression of the Uyghurs, Washington, DC. ETNAM Fair Use photo.

WASHINGTON: Every year since 1959 American Presidents have issued a Captive Nations proclamation condemning Soviet and Communist imperialism and repression.

The proclamation is issued shortly before the week itself and has featured robust language.

The Captive Nations Law, formally known as Public Law 86-90, includes Turkestan, Tibet, Manchuria, and Mainland China as Captive Nations.

The East Turkistan Government in Exile is urging the U.S. to designate East Turkistan as a Captive Nation in this year’s proclamation.

This year, Captive Nations Week would have been scheduled to take place from July 18-24. 

However, the White House is considering dropping this significant annual proclamation.

The East Turkistan Government in Exile posted the following statement on Twitter Wednesday: 

“We urge the White House to stand in solidarity with subjugated nations by continuing to commemorate Captive Nations Week.  We call on President Joe Biden to formally designate East Turkistan as a Captive Nation and Address China’s ongoing genocide of Uyghurs.” 

Salih Hudayar is the Prime Minister of the East Turkistan Government in Exilethe democratically elected official body representing East Turkistan and its people.

China colonized and annexed East Turkistan (Tarim Basin, Junggar Basin, and Kengsu), also known as the land of the Eastern Turks (Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, and Tatars), in December 1949, when the People’s Republic of China and its Communist Party took over.

The area encompasses present-day administrative areas of the renamed “Xinjiang,” Uyghur Autonomous Region, and parts of western Gansu and Qinghai Province that China invaded.

China refers to East Turkistan as  “Xinjiang (New Territory),” a highly offensive term to East Turkistanis. Throughout its unique history, East Turkistan has maintained a distinctive, sovereign, national, and religious identity separate from China’s.  Except during periods of illegal Chinese occupation, East Turkistan has also maintained a separate and sovereign political and territorial identity.

Today, over 1400 concentration camps and labor camps have been built in East Turkistan and house East Turkistanis under oppressive conditions.

The situation is so severe that the US Government, the Parliaments of Canada, the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, and the Czech Republic have officially declared China’s acts against the Uyghurs in East Turkistan as crimes against humanity and genocide.

Images: Supplied

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