A major international symposium called China to open East Turkestan to the world and stop all human rights abuses.
Originally published by: World Bulletin / News Desk 22 March, 2010
A major international symposium, that gathered in Istanbul over the weekend to discuss the recent situation inside Uighur region, called China to open East Turkestan to the world and stop all human rights abuses.
The “Free Eastern Turkistan Symposium” was organized by the Istanbul Peace Platform, and the IHH was one of the event’s organizers.
The symposium opened with the speech of IHH chairman Bulent Yildirim, who explained the aim of the symposium to acknowledge the human rights violations and attacks against the Uighur Muslims for the past 60 years.
Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Konya deputy Husnu Tuna and Saadet (Felicity) Party Istanbul Provincal chairman Erol Erdogan talked about different ways to pressure China to stop human rights abuses.
“All kinds of pressure”
Prof. Dr. Alimcan Inayet said all kinds of pressure against the Uighur Turks and human rights violations continue, as to the policy of forced migration to reduce China’s Uighur minority.
“The Chinese communists in the East Turkestan continues to transfer population to other regions, as well as restrictions on the Uighur language, Chinese education, bilingual education, birth ban, religious worship” he said.
Reminding that the region has rich natural resources, Prof. Dr. Alimcan Inayet said, “torture and executions continues in a systematic manner, while birth policy applied to the people of the region, despite relentless objections.”
Inayet said China violates the right to education and Chinese educational practice is used to speed up the assimilation process among the Uighurs. Although according to the Chinese Constitution, every citizen has the right to have religious belief or disbelief, the Muslim Uighur civil servants are banned to prayer and fast, Inayet said.Continue Reading →