The East Turkestan International NGO Union and the Uyghur Academy Foundation organized a one-day event to highlight China’s atrocities against the Uyghur community in Xinjiang.
The demonstration, held on July 5, brought together the leaders of Turkish political parties. Good Party Vice President Ridvan Uz and Future Vice President Hakverdi Altug attended the event.
The event highlighted anger against the Chinese government for the heinous massacre in Urumqi in 2009. The protest took place in Ulus Square, Ankara, and saw more than 150 people turn out.
Hayrullah Effendi, a Uighur activist from Kayseri, Turkey, thanked all political parties in Turkey for their united stance in condemning the Chinese Communist Party’s atrocities against Uighurs.
This is not an isolated protest in Turkey, as former Islamic scholars and intellectuals had gathered in Istanbul in mid-June for an international conference aimed at highlighting the Uyghur genocide and supporting their struggle. against the Chinese Communist Party.
“This weekend, Islamic scholars and intellectuals from across the Muslim world gathered in Istanbul for an international conference that aims to bring #UyghurGenocide to the Muslim world and mobilize public opinion to support #Uyghurs in their struggle. against the #CCP. #ChinasWaronIslam,” the Center for Uyghur Studies (CUS) tweeted.
The Center for Uyghur Studies provides strategic policy recommendations and presents research reports to interfaith entities, relevant international organizations and governments on the people of East Turkestan/Xinjiang.
The Uyghurs are a predominantly Muslim Turkish minority ethnic group, whose origins date back to Central and East Asia.
Their home region is considered the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China.
Xinjiang is technically an autonomous region in China. The Uyghurs are Muslims, they do not speak Mandarin as their native language and have a different ethnicity and culture than mainland China.
In recent decades, as economic prosperity has come to Xinjiang, it has brought with it the majority of Han Chinese in large numbers, who have taken over the best jobs, and left Uyghurs to feel that their livelihoods and identity were threatened.
This led to sporadic violence, culminating in a 2009 riot that killed 200 people, mostly Han Chinese, in the region’s capital, Urumqi.
According to reports, since 2016, more than one million Uyghur Muslims have been detained in re-education camps in Xinjiang by the Chinese government. The main purpose of these re-education camps was to ensure adherence to the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party.
Chinese authorities have been accused of imposing forced labor, systematic forced birth control and torture, and separating children from their incarcerated parents.
Several countries, including the United States, Canada and the Netherlands, have accused China of committing genocide – defined by international convention as “the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national group , ethnic, racial or religious”.
China has forcibly sterilized Uyghur women en masse to suppress the population, separate children from their families and try to break the cultural traditions of the group.
China denies all allegations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang, saying its system of “re-education” camps is there to combat separatism and Islamist militancy in the region.
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