ARLINGTON, VA: Hundreds of protestors, including victims of forced labor, will tomorrow join the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement in Arlington, Virginia, for a rally in front of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Asylum Office at 1525 Wilson Boulevard.
The rally will take place on Friday, August 13th, from 11:00 – 12:30 PM.
Demonstrators will call on the United States Government, U.S. Citizenship, and Immigration Services to expedite asylum cases and grant refuge to Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Turkic peoples fleeing China’s ongoing genocide in Occupied East Turkistan.
The rally comes after the April 13th introduction of a bipartisan bill to introduce the Uyghur Human Rights Protect act by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) to allow Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples to be eligible for priority refugee processing in the U.S.
Thousands of Uyghurs in the U.S. have been waiting for their asylum applications to be approved for many years, some as long as a decade, most of whom are struggling to obtain work permits, access to health care, education, and other benefits, putting a strain on the diaspora community.
In all, the East Turkistan Government in Exile estimates the total Uyghur / East Turkistan population in the United States to be anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 as of 2021, while hundreds of thousands of other Uyghurs in diaspora communities in the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia are growing fearful as host nations are rounding up and deporting them to China where they face torture, imprisonment, and even execution.