“The Uyghur problem must be solved as a massacre!” – Uighur

Six years after the start of political repression and massacres in the Uyghur region, the United Nations (UN), the world’s largest international organization, has finally released an assessment report dedicated to the current situation in the Uyghur region. The report focused on the Chinese government’s behavior in the Uyghur region and concluded that “China may be committing crimes against humanity.” For years, civil society organizations, think tanks, and some Western governments have repeatedly emphasized the existence of massacres, attempts to erase ethnic and religious identity, and forced labor in the Uyghur region. It is directly proved that it is not a “political game”, but a response to reality. That’s why all the world’s media covered this report and its final conclusion, which once again caused a great deal of controversy about the Uyghur issue.

نيۇ-يورك شەھىرىدىكى داڭلىق ئاقىللار مەركەزلىرىنىڭ بىرى بولغان ئاتلانتىك كېڭىشى (Atlantic Council) چاقىرغان ئۇيغۇرلار ھەققىدىكى مۇھاكىمە يىغىنىغا ئاتلانتىك كېڭىشىنىڭ تەتقىقاتچىسى، كىشىلىك ھوقۇق مەسىلىلىرى ئادۋوكاتى رەيھان ئەسئەت رىياسەتچىلىك قىلدى. 2022-يىلى 19-سېنتەبىر.
Atlantic Council, one of the famous think tanks in New York City, convened a seminar on Uyghurs. September 19, 2022.

During the start of the 2022 Congress convened at the UN headquarters in New York City, this issue was mentioned again and brought to the attention of the leaders of all countries participating in the Congress. The Atlantic Council, one of New York City’s leading think tanks, convened a panel discussion on Uyghurs on the afternoon of September 19, one of those global reactions.

The conference, titled “Global response to the Chinese government’s crimes against humanity targeting Uighurs,” was chaired by Atlantic Council researcher and human rights lawyer Rayhan Esat. After briefly mentioning the general situation of the political crisis in the Uyghur region, the role of the UN, he invited the participants to speak.

Bob Rae, Canada’s permanent ambassador to the UN, spoke first and expressed his views on the issue. According to him, the Chinese government, which is a member of the UN, has been continuously dealing with human rights issues. One of them is that the Chinese government has never recognized its human rights obligations under the UN Convention. Another is that when criticized on human rights issues, the Chinese government will resort to the logic of “let others wipe their foreheads before speaking.” In this, they emphasized the massacre of indigenous people in the United States, Canada, and Australia in Hadith, and tried to promote the idea that “others are forgetting what they have done and are taking us to trial.” Through this, they ask, “What does anyone else have to do with this?” expressed the message. Even after the publication of the UN report on the Uighurs, they quickly declared it an “illegal and fake report”. That’s because the report exposed the Chinese government’s crackdown on Uighurs as “crimes against humanity.” He also claimed that the movement to destroy the Uyghur language, culture, and religious beliefs is ongoing. These are actions that completely violate the provisions of international laws signed by the Chinese government. At the end of his speech, he said that Volker Turk, who took office while millions of Uyghurs are being held in labor camps, will have more burdens in this regard, but he believes that he will be able to achieve positive results in this regard. Emphasizes the need to introduce strong sanctions.

Mr. Jeffrey Prescott, Deputy Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Nations, also gave a special speech. He praised the UN assessment report on the Uyghur region and emphasized that the world should pay more attention to what is happening in the Uyghur region. According to his statement, US President Joe Biden has made it clear that oppression in the Uyghur region is one of his priority issues. Therefore, the Uighur issue is currently one of the priority issues of the Biden administration. Because of this, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reaffirmed that “what is happening in Xinjiang is genocide and a crime against humanity.” On the other hand, it is precisely because of this reality that US Ambassador to the United Nations Thomas Greenfield has repeatedly spoken about the high importance of the Uyghur region in UN forums and the report of the UN Human Rights Council on the Uyghur region. urged to publish without printing. Therefore, because it is not enough to mention these situations and blame them, as part of the practical action, the US government passed the Uyghur laws with an absolute majority. These draft laws are currently being implemented, and the EU is also taking the first steps to create similar draft laws to ban forced labor products. It is now becoming clear that stronger action is needed. Because this type of Chinese oppression has now spread beyond China’s borders to the international community, including the United States. In this case, the United States, Canada, and the European Union need to work with more countries to strengthen cooperation in this field.

The second part of the meeting was the discussion stage, in which experts from various fields discussed the situation and emerging problems in the Uyghur region. Rayhan Eset mentioned the transformation of Uyghur camps into prisons, the false propaganda of the Chinese government about the “blessed lives of Uyghurs”, and the extent to which Uyghurs suffered from starvation during the Tajik virus epidemic, and noted the importance of taking into account the recommendations of the UN report.

Sophie Richardson, director of Human Rights Watch’s China department, also spoke on the same line and talked about the latest situation of the Uyghurs. Also, it is necessary to take the reactions after the publication of this report very seriously, and that the publication of this report is a sign that it is time to make history, and that it is important to break the silence on the global level and create a common understanding about the brutal treatment of Chinese Uighurs in a situation where no country is above the law. Special mention.

A special guest of this discussion was Prince Zeid bin Hussein. Zaid, who is currently a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, served as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2014 to 2018. When asked about the report by Michelle Bachelet, who replaced her as High Commissioner, she affirmed it while pointing out some of its fatal weaknesses. Zaid Hussain believes that the report was released in the context of what is expected to be a worldwide uproar after its publication. So this in itself is an important step. But it has two important flaws, one of which is that many facts are softened. In particular, it does not use the term “genocide”. “If it was me, I would have used the term ‘genocide,’ and I would not have removed it,” he said. .

According to him, the reality facing the Uyghurs reflects the content of the UN’s interpretation of the massacre, and the entire Uyghur nation is currently in danger of being destroyed. Another is that Michelle Bachelet, the high commissioner, was overly cautious in the recommendations to be written in the report. With so many conclusions drawn up by the research team on China, Michelle Bachelet refrained from making corresponding recommendations.

At the end of the seminar, journalists and the audience from all fields asked questions about the contents of this report, the situation in the Uyghur region, and the international response. Currently, the UN assessment report on the Uyghur Diaspora is playing an important role in changing the international community’s views on China, and it is known that it has led to urgent discussions about what the next step should be.

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