The Uyghurs and opposition parties in Turkey have submitted a letter of request to the UN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

On September 14, a committee consisting of leaders of Uighurs and opposition parties in Turkey submitted a letter of request to the Ankara office of the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Mr. Ridvan Uz, Vice Chairman of “Yi” Party in Turkey, Mr. Fahrettin Yokush, Member of Parliament, Mr. Umit Yardim, Vice Chairman of “Keletek” Party, Mr. Abdur Kadir Karaduman, Member of Parliament of “Saajub” Party, about 300 Uyghurs from Istanbul, Kayseri and Konya. He gave a statement to reporters in front of the UN headquarters in Ankara. After the statement, a two-page letter of demand was submitted to the UN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The press statement was read by Dr. Borhan Ulayol, a member of the board of the Uyghur Academy. The statement called on the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the rest of the world to stop the genocide of the Chinese Uyghurs.

ئەنقەرەدە تۇرۇشلۇق بىناسىنىڭ ئالدىدا مۇخبىرلارغا بايانات بېرىش پائالىيىتىدە كۆتۈرۈلگەن لوزۇنكا. 2022-يىلى 14-سېنتەبىر، ئەنقەرە، تۈركىيە.
A slogan raised during a press conference in front of the residence in Ankara. September 14, 2022, Ankara, Turkey.
RFA/Erkin Tarim

Then Mr. Umit Yardim, vice president of the “Keletek” party, spoke. He said: “What is happening in the Uyghur region now cannot be expressed by the word “violation of human rights.” The United Nations, whose building we now stand in front of, is well aware of this. We should all know that not only human rights are being violated in East Turkistan, but China is carrying out a policy of completely destroying a people, culture, and national identity in East Turkistan. We have been critical of the United Nations in many ways. But the UN Human Rights Council announced on August 31 in its report on Uyghurs that China may be committing crimes against humanity in East Turkistan. This phrase has historical significance. We call on the “Future” party, the UN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Turkish government to take concrete measures to stop this genocide.

Then Mr. Ridwan Uz, the vice-chairman of the “Yi” party, spoke. He said: “China’s oppression in East Turkistan has been going on for many years. The reason we are in front of the United Nations building today is to demand action to address the issues raised in their report. China is forcing the Uyghurs to starve to death in their homes under the pretext of the Corona virus, citing the oppression and pressure that the people of East Turkistan are suffering recently. As a party of “I”, we call on the UN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Turkish government to take immediate action to help the people of East Turkistan.

Mr. Abdulkadir Karaduman, Member of Parliament, spoke on behalf of the “Saaju” party. He said: “Sometimes under the name of “terror” and sometimes under the name of “educational center,” the Chinese state has oppressed the people of East Turkistan. Today, it is locking people in their homes and starving the people of East Turkistan under the pretext of the Corona virus. This policy of China is not a policy to eliminate the Corona virus, but it is a part of the policy to completely destroy our Muslim brothers in Eastern Turkistan. Originally, it was not the Uyghurs that should be besieged, but the Chinese state. We want to tell the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Turkish government that if you don’t block the Chinese country, China will bring a great disaster to the world.”

After the closing press statement, a committee of 3 people handed over the request letter to the official of the UN in Ankara, and then the letter was also handed over to the Ankara office of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

We called the organization’s office in Ankara to find out about the demand letter. The officer who introduced himself as “Yashar” answered our question: “We have received the letter of request from the Uyghur Turks and sent it to Berkets. If they respond, we will respond to you. Thank you!”

In the demand letter prepared jointly by the East Turkistan Association of Organizations and some Uyghurs, the pressure and massacres suffered by the Uyghurs for 73 years have been heard. Then it is stated that China has been carrying out genocide since 2017, which has been recognized by the world, and today, under the pretext of the virus epidemic, China is arresting Uyghurs and forcing them to death. The report concludes by calling on the UN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to take immediate action.



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