Disinterest of the International Community

In contrast to other violations of human rights around the world, the international community has been relatively inactive in issues pertaining to East Turkestan.

During the latest Chinese massacre of Uyghurs on July 5-6, 2009, in Urumqi, the United States adopted a mild tone. President Barack Obama called on all parties in East Turkestan “to exercise restraint”. What reaction there has been came from some Islamic countries. The Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), which represents 57 Islamic governments, condemned what it called the excessive use of force against Uyghur civilians. The country that has taken the strongest position is Turkey, who shares historical, cultural linguistic ties with the Uyghurs. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan characterized the events as a “kind of genocide” and said that his country would bring the matter up in the United Nations Security Council.