The government-in-exile of East Turkestan, which represents the majority of the ethnic Turkic population in China-occupied Asia, condemned President Joe Biden on Wednesday for not calling China’s genocide of its people a genocide in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly that day. assembly.
Biden spoke on the platform a day late and focused much of his speech on the eight-year war between Russia and Ukraine. Towards the end of his speech, he mentioned China’s genocide in East Turkestan — using the Communist Party’s name for the region Xinjiang — but did not describe it as a “genocide.”
“Human rights are the foundation of everything we seek to achieve. Yet, in 2022, fundamental freedoms are at risk in every corner of our world,” Biden said. “In Xinjiang, a recent UN office report details detailed report from the United States. [U.N.] High Commissioner, thank the Myanmar military junta for the horrific abuse of pro-democracy activists and minorities, and the growing repression of women and girls by the Afghan Taliban. “
Biden addressed U.S.-China policy elsewhere in his speech, but made no mention of the Uighur genocide.
For decades, the CCP has been oppressing the people of East Turkestan, once an independent republic now run by Beijing called the “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.” Human rights activists and researchers, with the help of genocide survivors, have extensively documented the incarceration of locals in concentration camps, the mass disinfection of entire villages, the killing, enslaving and torture of locals under dictator Xi Jinping A movement in which residents are placed under high technology. monitor. The Uyghur Tribunal, an independent group of international legal experts, concluded that there was “no doubt” that China committed genocide against Uyghurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz in East Turkestan, especially in the context of the forced sterilization campaign as evidence that meets the definition of a crime.
The administrations of both President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden have officially designated the abuse of indigenous peoples in the region as genocide.
“President Biden’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly is weak,” Saleh Hudayar, Prime Minister of East Turkestan’s government in exile, said in a statement on Wednesday. “He failed to effectively highlight and condemn China’s ongoing genocide of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other Turkic people in East Turkestan.”
Government-in-exile President Ghulam Yaghma said the larger exile community was “very frustrated” by Biden’s remarks and the lost opportunities his speech represented.
“The global East Turkestan diaspora is extremely frustrated with President Biden’s failure to adequately address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in East Turkestan at the UN General Assembly,” Yagma said. “We call on all countries to stop downplaying China’s ongoing genocide against Uyghurs and other Turks in occupied East Turkestan as a ‘human rights violation’.”
While Biden’s secretary of state, Anthony Blinken, flatly described the Uyghur genocide as “genocide,” Biden made bizarre remarks during his presidency that showed a lack of urgency to address the matter. For example, during a CNN town hall last year, Biden appeared to claim that Washington must respect the “different norms” that led to Xi’s atrocities — and in his conversation with Xi about human rights abuses, Xi “understood” that Biden was actually There is no seeking to end the violence.
“I will not speak out against his ideas [Xi] What he did in Hong Kong, what he did with the Uyghurs in the mountains of western China and in Taiwan, was trying to end the one-China policy by strengthening it. “Biden said:”[h]e got it. Culturally, each country and they – their leaders – should abide by different norms. “
The Uyghur genocide, while arguably the world’s worst and ongoing human rights violation, is not a prominent issue at the United Nations, where China has spent years buying influence through predatory lending and placing allies in top positions. The Chinese Communist regime, which has yet to take the podium at the convention, has invested in countering reports of the genocide through state propaganda as a platform provided by the United Nations. On Thursday, the World Uyghur Congress, an advocacy group for Uighurs abroad, highlighted an event by the Chinese regime at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, where residents of East Turkestan insist the region is peaceful and free. China is a member of the Human Rights Council.
Today, China organized a side event on “Promotion and Protection of Human Rights” in East Turkestan, bringing three #Uyghur Defend their policies against Uyghurs and other Turks under the guise of social and economic development.
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— World Uyghur Congress (@UyghurCongress) September 22, 2022
The East Turkistan government in exile has also expressed particular distaste for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of the world’s most populous and prominent Turkic country. Erdogan called China’s mistreatment of Uighurs “genocide” in 2009, but has all but stopped discussing the topic after signing a lucrative trade deal with Beijing.
“We strongly condemn Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s damaging statement at the UN General Assembly,” Vice President Abdullahhat Noor said in a statement. “East Turkestan is an occupied country; restoring East Turkistan’s legitimate independence is the only way to ensure the survival, fundamental rights and freedoms of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples.”
In his speech to the UN General Assembly, Erdogan said he was “sensitive to protecting the fundamental rights and freedoms of Uyghur Turks without compromising China’s territorial integrity, understanding of one China and sovereign rights.”
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