Statement of of Appreciation

Determination of the Secretary of State on Atrocities in (Xinjiang ) East Turkistan – United States Department of State.The İnternational Union of East Turkistan Civil Organizations (İUETCO) is delighted to welcome the determination of the Secretary of the State on 19th January 2021 on the atrocities committed by Chinese Communist regime in East Turkistan as genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in East Turkistan. It is a significant move to acknowledge the endless agony and sufferings that Uyghur nation is subjugated since its unlawful annexation by Chinese communist regime in 1949. On behalf of the entire Uyghur nation and respective representing organization who are determined to fight for the freedom and liberty of Uyghur nation, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the decisive and historic decision made by the US Government and all other supporting Government representatives who have not dismayed the plight of the Uyghur Muslims of East Turkistan. The Uyghur communities and entities owe special appreciation to the Secretary who made the determination in his role and we trust that this is a legitimate and conscious process to advance the vitally important cause – which is freedom and liberty of Uyghur people. China has been violating international and domestic rules for many years to oppress the Uyghur Muslims in East Turkistan. 71 years after the Chinese invasion, after 71 years of painful agony of Uyghur people, the international community is moving to realize the fact how the entire Uyghur nation has been at risk of perish under the cruel administration of the Chinese government and how desperately the Uyghur nation is awaiting for their true freedom by gaining an independent statehood.We highly distinguish the determination process substantiated the undeniable facts how Uyghurs are being victimized of China’s Genocide policies stating that “These crimes are ongoing and include: the arbitrary imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty of more than one million civilians, forced sterilization, torture of a large number of those arbitrarily detained, forced labor, and the imposition of draconian restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and freedom of movement. The Nuremberg Tribunals at the end of World War II prosecuted perpetrators for crimes against humanity, the same crimes being perpetrated in (Xinjiang ) East Turkistan”. This momentum would open the new chapter of rightful fight of Uyghur people for their freedom and aspiration for independence. We thank for all stakeholders from the international community including governments, media and public for the incredible works they have done to save the Uyghur people.In reaching the plight of Uyghur cause, millions of our beloved families lost their lives, millions are still incarcerated in the mass detention centers and millions are deprived from basic human rights. Families are torn apart, overseas residing Uyghurs became the victims of forced separation. Hence the US move is regarded as the comfort for the pain and agonies that entire Uyghur nation went through under the Chinese occupation since 1949.The notable people should be mentioned for this process would be the witnesses of detention camps who were miraculously saved and have given extraordinary testimonies at various levels of system of Justice. All freedom loving Uyghur communities around the world made significant commitment with endless activities and fight against China’s crimes against humanity.We fully endorse the Determination made the by the United Stated of America by leading the world in holding the Chinese Communist regime- the perpetrators of the most heinous human rights abuses accountable and we trust all appropriate multilateral and relevant judicial bodies, countries and organizations to join the United States in effort to promote the accountability of those responsible for these atrocities and crimes against humanity on Uyghur nation. We’re hoping that the determination will encourage Turkey and other democratic countries to speak out and to also join the process in taking actions in protecting the fundamental rights of Uygur people and to save the Uyghurs from an ongoing Genocide committed by the Chinese State. No injustices will remain undefeated. Chinese crimes against Uyghur nation must be brought into justice.

SincerelyHidayet OGUZHAN

President of The İnternational Union of East Turkistan Civil Organizations 20/01/2021

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