Torchlight Uyghur Group
This petition is available in the following languages: English, Turkish (Turkce), German (Deutsch), Japanese (日本語), Chinese (中文), Traditional Chinese (繁体字), French (Français),Arabic (عربى),Uyghur (ئۇيغۇرچە ), Slawyan(Kril)
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Urgent: Demand China to Stop Secretly Transporting Millions of Uyghurs to Inner China!
Urgent Call to the World: Demand China to Stop Secretly Transporting Millions of Uyghur Detainees from East Turkestan (Xinjiang) to Inner China! Torchlight Uyghur Group (Mesheluyghur@gmail.com) This Petition Is Also Available In The Following Languages: Japanese (日本語), Chinese (中文), Uyghur (ئۇيغۇرچە), Russian, Arabic. October 19, 2018 According to the Chinese Government statistics, the total population of the Uyghur people in East Turkestan (aka Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) was 11.3 million in 2015. However, Uyghur Organizations around the world estimate based on the official natural growth rate of the Uyghur people in East Turkestan that the actual number is not less than 20 million. During an interview with the Al-Jazeera network in September 2018, the Chinese government’s spokesman Victor Gao claimed that the total population of Uyghurs in East Turkestan is about 6 or 7 million. His statement alarmed the Uyghurs around the world: Where are the rest of the Uyghurs? What has happened to the remaining 4 or 5 million people within the last 3 years? Who is making them disappear from their own land? How is it happening? We strongly demand China to answer these questions. It is reported on October 4th, 2018 on DNN, one of the most popular Swedish media, that evidences show that the Chinese government is secretly transporting the Uyghurs on the locked and windowless trains to unknown destinations of China Proper. The news informed the world of an ominous future of the Uyghurs. Other media organizations also reported similar news with a specific location: Uyghurs are being transported to the Gansu province of China, a land bordering with East Turkestan in the Northwest. New Tang Dynasty TV station reported on July 17th, 2017 that the Chinese government was building an enormous prison located at the vast Gobi desert where East Turkestan borders with Gansu and showed the specific dimensions of the prison, which is 17 km long from east to west and 9.5 km wide from north to south. The facility has a capacity to hold up to 1 million prisoners and was built in a deep desert, making it impossible for anyone to escape (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypeaPF02J_s&t=74s Radio Free Asia obtained some information from a policeman in Konasheher County, East Turkestan on the secret transportation of Uyghurs to the Inner China. The policeman informed the RFA that transporting the Uyghurs from East Turkestan’s concentration camps and prisons to the facilities in Inner Lands has already begun. The RFA investigated the affair and reported that a group of Uyghurs have been secretly transported to Tailai city of Hei Longjiang province in the northeastern China, a place that is 4,699 km away from East Turkestan. The infamous Tailai prison is one of the places that have been used to lock up the Fa Lun Gong group members. We suspect that the Chinese government is planning to make more than 14 million Uyghur people disappear and to leave no evidence by taking them to the unknown facilities within China Proper. Why, you may ask, is the Chinese government being in a hurry to “hide” the Uyghurs by secretly transporting them to other provinces from East Turkestan? The main reason is the statements from the United Nations, United States and other countries at the United Nation’s recent meetings on the incarceration of more than 1 million innocent Uyghurs in concentration camps in East Turkestan. At the UN meeting held on August 10th, 2018, Gay McDougall, a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, stated that they had received credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uyghurs in China are held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy.” The U.S. mission to the United Nations said it was “deeply troubled by reports of an ongoing crackdown on Uyghurs and other Muslims in China” and called on China to free those arbitrarily detained Uyghurs. Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, stated on October 15, 2018, that "at least a million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities have been imprisoned in so-called 're-education camps' in western China," and that "It is the largest internment of civilians in the world today." In response to above statements, the Chinese government rejected it but showed no further evidence to counter their claim. However, GPS photos and media reports proved the existence and the locations of the camps in East Turkestan and confirmed that the numbers of the Uyghur people in these facilities are doubled between 2015 and 2018. Millions of innocent Uyghurs are detained without trial at the so-called “re-education” camps to be brain-washed, tortured, as well as traumatized by the Chinese regime. Meanwhile, the United States government and the members of the Congress stated that they are closely monitoring the China-Uyghur issue; the members of the Congress also signed letters and made statements, urging the US government to employ the Global Magnitsky Act to punish the Communist Party leaders, such as Chen Quanguo, whom are the main planner and executers of the concentration camp building project in East Turkestan. As a result of these international pressures, the Chinese government has to respond to the world. Their tactic is to deceive the world by hiding and wiping the evidence off of the concentration camps and removing the people detained there by secretly transporting them to other unknown locations. In this way, the Chinese government could either say “there is no such thing as re-education camps in East Turkestan” or “there are no detainees at the camp facilities because we did not detain any Uyghur person”. Why is the Chinese government carrying out a genocide on Uyghurs? The answer lies in the importance of the East Turkestan for the Chinese economy and the national defense. East Turkestan is a land rich with natural resources, such that it provides China with 95% of natural gas, 70% of mineral resources, and 65% of cotton in total. In addition, this occupied land is the source of 99% of organ harvesting market in China. Last but not least, the important geopolitical location of East Turkestan is crucial to the national defense and foreign markets. To totally occupy and control this land, the only way the Chinese government sees is to wipe out the Uyghur people from their motherland and relocate Han Chinese in East Turkestan to dominate the region. As you are reading these lines, a genocide is being executed on Uyghurs in East Turkestan; the Chinese government is secretly detaining them at the concentration camps, traumatizing them, forcing them to denounce their religion, and announcing the Communist party as their God. Millions of innocent Uyghur parents were detained without trial, and their children are taken to orphanages and being raised as Han Chinese. Millions more Uyghurs are being transported to unknown locations and being made disappear secretly and silently. All these evils are happening right at this moment, in the 21st century where the democracy, human rights, world peace and globalization are at their peak. What can you do for Uyghur people? You can sign this petition, demand the Chinese government to stop transporting millions of Uyghurs to unknown locations, and close all the concentration camps in East Turkestan. For you it is just one click, but for the Uyghur people, it means one beam of light and 100% hope. Please be generous with your signatures and spread the word to your friends and families. As your fellow human beings, we, the Uyghurs, thank you in advance. Together we unite, there is no divide! Please be the voice of the voiceless, the hand of the handless and the hope of the hopeless! Please share, for sharing is caring! Thank you! You can find more information from the following sites: https://www.facebook.com/torchuyghur/ https://twitter.com/torch_uyghur http://blog.freedomsherald.org http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/ Torchlight Uyghur Group’s previous petitions: https://www.change.org/search?q=Torchlight%20Uyghur%20Group
The Chinese Government Must Account for the Disappearance of the 10+ Million Uyghurs
By Torchlight Uyghur Group (Mesheluyghur@gmail.com) This Petition Is Also Available In The Following Languages: Japanese (日本語), Chinese (中文), Uyghur (ئۇيغۇرچە), Slawyan (Kiril), Uyghur (Latinche), Turkish(Turkçe), Russian(Pусский) September 22, 2018 The Chinese government has kept the actual number of the Uyghurs in East Turkestan as a state secret, and reduced the Uyghur population numbers in their official reports for a long time. This has been an important part of the Chinese policy to make the Uyghurs disappear, and as a result, the Uyghur people have been deprived of the right of knowing their own true population figures. As part of this policy, the Chinese government is treating the number of the Uyghurs kept in state prisons, detained in Nazi-style concentration camps and placed in prison-style orphanages as one of the top-level state secrets at the moment. After the recent extensive coverage from the international media about the detainment of several million innocent Uyghurs in China’s concentration camps, the Chinese government started to deny not only the fact that they have committed ethnic genocide on Uyghurs, but also the number of the Uyghur population they have reported in previous years. We believe this is not a usual deception tactic employed by the Chinese government, but it is an indication that they have started a process of mass killing of the Uyghur people, or they have an intension to do so. On September 14, 2018, the host of the “Upfront” program at Al Jazeera English, Mr. Mehdi Hasan, conducted an interview with an Uyghur political activist, Mr. Nury Turkel, and a Chinese government official, Mr. Victor Gao, the vice president for Center for China and Globalization, a think tank headquartered in Beijing, China. During the interview, Mr. Gao denied the recent UN reports that China had detained more than a million ethnic Uyghurs in its so-called “re-education camps”. He also put out a shocking lie about the current number of Uyghurs in East Turkestan: He claimed that Uyghurs currently have a population of about 6 – 7 million inside East Turkestan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srhM6G-rRB0 2:50). It is a well-known fact that the Chinese government has been lowering the number of the Uyghurs in their reports since the communist Chinese occupation of East Turkestan, but this is the first time that a high-ranking Chinese government official put the number of the Uyghur population at 6 – 7 million. This number corresponds to the Uyghur population in the 1980s reported by the Chinese national census, and that number has increased to 11,303,000 in the official Chinese census statistics in 2015 (http://www.xjtj.gov.cn/sjcx/tjnj_3415/2016xjtjnj/rkjy/201707/t20170714_539451.html Currently, the Chinese government is carrying out a repressive policy on the Uyghurs in a scale that has never been seen in the Uyghur history. According to a recent UN report, at least one million Uyghurs are being detained in concentration camps (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-un/u-n-says-it-has-credible-reports-that-china-holds-million-uighurs-in-secret-camps-idUSKBN1KV1SU ). This number does not include the numbers of the Uyghurs who are currently serving prison terms and of the Uyghurs who have been sentenced to jails without trial since the beginning of 2017. There are increasingly serious concerns among the overseas Uyghurs supported by some strong evidence that the Uyghurs in those massive concentration camps are becoming the victims of the organ harvesting business in China and elimination targets for the Chinese government. The reduction of the Uyghur population statistics to such a low level in a crucial time like this is very worrisome and suspicious indeed. We can’t help but ask: what has happened to the missing Uyghurs? Victor Gao is a high-ranking expert in the Chinese government who knows very well what is happening to the Uyghur people now. So his word, “in Xinjiang all together there are about 6 or 7 million Uyghur people”, is a solid proof that the Chinese government has already secretly locked up several million Uyghurs in their concentration camps. It also forces us to speculate with some certainty that the Chinese government will carry out massive secret killings on the detained Uyghurs in the coming months. According to the Chinese census statistics, the Uyghur population was 7,249,500 in 1990; 8,523,300 in 2000; 10,198,000 in 2009, and 11,303,300 in 2015. But many Uyghur intellectuals living abroad strongly believe that the real number of the Uyghurs in East Turkestan is at least 20 million. Joshua Project also reported that the worldwide Uyghur population was more than 12 million as early as in 2011 (https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15755 The Uyghur people inside China have been allowed to have up to 3 children since the Chinese government’s implementation of the birth control policy, and the natural growth rate of the Uyghur population has been at the top level compared to all other ethnic groups within China. The marriage and the childbirth rates of the Uyghurs have also been very high, the latter being 69% in 2010 (http://www.360doc.cn/article/15549792_574196290.html However, the Chinese government has been reporting that the natural growth rate of the Uyghur population is only 1.2%, a number that is completely baseless in any account. Although allowing for up to 3 children, Chinese government implemented a strict birth control policy on Uyghurs to prevent the increase of Uyghur population. Hundreds thousands of infants were forcefully aborted before they were born even when at their final trimester periods. Hundreds of thousands of young Uyghur girls and boys were taken to the other Chinese provinces under the disguise of “work training” and never to be returned since 2000. No one ever heard from them after they were snatched away from their families. Extremely strict residency policy restricted the Uyghurs from travelling to and freely residing in other cities without getting official permission from the government agencies. The one additional method employed by the Chinese government to hide the true number of Uyghurs is to degrade the ranks of ancient Uyghur cities such as Yarkent and Kuchar to the sub-city level. According to the ‘2015 Xinjiang Year Book’- an official Chinese publication, the Uyghur population increased by 7.7% and 8.5% in Kashgar and Qarghiliq, respectively (http://www.xjtj.gov.cn/sjcx/tjnj_3415/2016xjtjnj/rkjy/201707/t20170714_539450.html This statistics caused some worries among the Chinese intellectuals in a way that their government’s population policy towards the Uyghurs did not yield “ideal” results. Instead of decreasing in numbers, the Uyghurs were still surviving and thriving. Alarmed by this, the Chinese government started a more sinister approach of mass detaining the Uyghurs without trial, in order to completely wipe out the Uyghur people from their own land. It is estimated that, at the moment, around three million Uyghurs are locked up illegally in the so called “re-education” camps – Nazi- style concentration camps aimed at disappearing Uyghurs into “blackhole” (https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/millions-08032018142025.html Although the Chinese government has been carrying out this type of forced disappearances on the Uyghurs before, they were smaller in scale and mostly limited on the Uyghur intellectuals and scholars. However, this time the Chinese government has detained millions of innocent Uyghurs in the concentration camps and is still building more camps in East Turkistan; in addition, the Chinese government is also building huge numbers of crematoria to process the dead bodies. This scene should remind one of the WWII and the Jewish people’s fate during that dark period of history. If the Uyghur population in East Turkestan is in fact only 6-7 million as Victor Gao stated, then where are the rest of the Uyghur people? Chinese government must give the world an answer for the disappearance of millions of Uyghurs. As the victims of the ongoing Chinese genocide, Uyghurs are prohibited from knowing their own true population numbers. If we analyze the statistics published by the Chinese government and the statistics we’ve acquired, we can obtain very different results than what the Chinese government reported and what Mr. Gao claimed. If we employ the reported total Uyghur population of 7,249,500 for the year of 1990 and the increase rate of 8.5%, we can come up with a total Uyghur population of 13,411,575 for the year of 2000; furthermore, the Uyghur population should have reached a number of 24,811,413 in 2010, and 35,356,242 in 2015. Even assuming that more than 300,000 Uyghurs have died from the natural causes and/or killed by the government each year since the 1990s, the current minimum total population of Uyghurs should have been more than 25 million. At this moment, we, the Uyghurs living abroad, are extremely traumatized by the forced disconnection from our family and friends imposed by the Chinese government. This is the highest level of abuse in every form - psychological, emotional, and financial - that any human being can ever possibly suffer. We know we are not alone in this battle of good and evil, right and wrong; we know that the majority of the humanity and the majority of the countries around the world are with us against the extreme evil committed by the Chinese government. The world will not and cannot stay silent over another genocide; the people around the world will not and should not witness another nation and population to disappear from the face of the Earth; we believe that the world will stand up, the people will stand up for humanity, justice and for their fellow brothers and sisters. Your voice is precious to us. By signing this petition, you are saving countless innocent lives. Please sign this petition and pray for the Uyghur people and against the evil Chinese government. Thank you! Every voice and signature counts! Be the voice of freedom! You can find more information from the following sites: https://www.facebook.com/torchuyghur/ https://twitter.com/torch_uyghur http://blog.freedomsherald.org http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/ Torchlight Uyghur Group’s previous petitions: https://www.change.org/search?q=Torchlight%20Uyghur%20Group
China: Stop Organ Harvesting from the Uyghur People!
(Mesheluyghur@gmail.com) This Petition Is Also Available In The Following Languages: Japanese (日本語), Russian (Pусский),Turkish (Turkçe), Chinese (Simplified), ,Traditional Chinese (繁体字),Uyghur (ئۇيغۇرچە) , French (Français). March 31th, 2018 The Uyghur people have been the victims of state-sponsored criminal policies carried out by the Chinese government for many decades. We have exposed some of the antihuman crimes of the Chinese government committed against the Uyghurs in East Turkestan in our previous petitions https://www.change.org/o/group_of_uyghurs_living_abroad Here, we are exposing one of the most heinous crimes of the Chinese government, namely, organ harvesting from the Uyghur people. Organ harvesting in China started in the 1960s and it became a systematic state-sponsored crime by 2015. Based on the Chinese media, there are tens of thousands people who participate in visceral transplant surgery each year (although according to some estimates this number varies from 60-100 thousand). A Chinese documentary film about organ harvesting, “Harvested Alive - 10 Years of Investigations”, reports that “Tens of thousands of people are secretly executed in China and their organs are harvested for the transplant surgery. Who are these victims? These people are mostly Uyghurs, Tibetans, underground Christians and Falun Gong practitioners, who are locked up for political and religious reasons by the Chinese government”. Enver Toxti, a medical doctor who worked at the Urumchi Railway Hospital, in East Turkestan, said that he witnessed organ harvesting operations when he was in China. He tells a painful and unforgettable story about his first organ harvesting operation. He was ordered to take the inner organs of a still-alive person (inmate) as quickly as possible. He remembers that “When I was working at the hospital in the 1990s, some Uyghur parents would express their concerns about their detained children after they were released from the prisons and would ask us to make some checks on their physical health, as their children started exhibiting abnormal physical conditions after their release. As a result, we found some scars on them from the surgeries operated without the knowledge of their parents.” He reported that the Chinese government started organ harvesting experiments on Uyghurs in East Turkestan much earlier than the other places in China, but it wasn’t reported internationally for the reasons that the Uyghurs and their misfortunes were not well-known since they were considered as “internal matters” of China. There was an article published in the December 5th, 2011 issue of the Weekly Standard on this topic, titled “The Xinjiang Procedure - Beijing’s ‘New Frontier’ is ground zero for the organ harvesting of political prisoners”. The article told the vivid story with strong evidence of an executed Uyghur criminal whose organs were harvested while he was still alive after the execution and concluded that organ harvesting started in East Turkestan much earlier than the other places in China. Sina.com estimated on their December 27, 2017 report that China will become the world’s number one organ transplant country by 2020. When compared to a country like the United States, which has a large number of organ donors, one can’t help but question how come China with such a low number of donors can become the world’s top ranking country in organ transplant in such a short time? Are they saying it with such a confidence because they consider the estimated one million Uyghurs detained in China’s Nazi-style concentration camps in East Turkestan as their organ harvesting target? Many reports have been published on the Chinese government’s collection of the biological samples, such as blood, from the whole Uyghur population without informing them and without their consent, and making the “physical checkups” mandatory for the entire Uyghur population between the ages of 12 and 65 since 2016. One can’t stop but speculate the interrelations of these events and the hidden truth behind them. In 2017, the prominent Chinese dissident Guo Wengui revealed a shocking news of killing of 5 Uyghurs to perform a liver transplant for the son of Jiang Zemin, the former General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Mr. Guo also exposed that Meng Jianhong and his girlfriends also used Uyghur’s organs for their organ transplant. Mr. Guo further revealed the detainment of a 21-year Uyghur male from a hotel in Beijing without any reason and his killing for the organ harvesting for the CCP leaders and their family members. He informed the world that he holds real evidences for the above-mentioned crimes. We, the Torchlight Uyghur Group, consider the organ harvesting from Uyghurs as a state terrorism and a heinous act that is being carried out by a coordinated effort between the Chinese government and the Chinese hospitals. We also consider this crime as a genocide targeting the innocent and helpless Uyghur people in East Turkestan. We appeal to the United Nations, foreign governments and all international humanitarian and human rights organizations to break their silence on this heinous crime, and to understand and remember the fact that innocent Uyghurs are imprisoned and being killed in East Turkestan, in their own land, by the Chinese dictatorship. We call for the people of the world to realize the Chinese government’s act as a crime against the whole humanity and demand the Chinese government to stop the state terrorism towards Uyghurs! We, the Uyghurs, are powerless and helpless at the moment. As such, we are unable to defend ourselves against the Chinese government’s atrocities and cannot fight this battle for our survival alone. We need the support of the global community. If tens of thousands of people from around the world sign our petition, it may be possible that the United Nations will make a commitment and will act to stop the tragedy that the Uyghur people are facing today. Please join us in our fight to end the appalling atrocities happening in East Turkestan. Please sign and share this petition. Thank you! To read the full text of this petition, please click HERE. You can find more information from the following sites: https://www.facebook.com/torchuyghur/ https://twitter.com/torch_uyghur http://blog.freedomsherald.org http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/
China: Stop Collecting DNA from Entire Uyghur Population
(Mesheluyghur@gmail.com) This petition is also available in the following languages: French (Français), Japanese (日本語), Russian (Pусский),Turkish (Turkçe), Chinese (Simplified), Arabic (عربى),Uyghurche, Uyghur (Latinche), March 10th, 2018 Uyghur people have lived under the state policies of ethnic discrimination and assimilation since our homeland, East Turkestan (called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in present-day China), was occupied by the Communist Chinese in 1949. Over time, the communist regime changed the way of treating the Uyghurs to severe oppression, and the Uyghurs have been living as the second-class citizens in their own homeland ever since. However since July 2009 after the July 5th 2009 massacre in Urumchi, the capital of East Turkestan, the Chinese government has stepped up their repressive policies towards the Uyghurs until today Uyghurs are living in a situation of state terror. This state terrorism reached its peak when Chen Quanguo took office as the Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in East Turkestan. Under the heavy-handed rule of Chen Quanguo, all Uyghurs are now being treated like criminals, and all Uyghurs with religious faith are now being treated like terrorists. One of the prominent aspects of such treatments is the collection of the DNA data of the entire Uyghur population in East Turkestan without legal protection and without the knowledge of the people whose DNA is being collected. It was reported by various media sources in 2017 that the local government in East Turkestan had spent more than 10 million dollars to purchase 12 DNA sequencers to test and analyze DNA samples. Some of them are ‘next generation’ DNA sequencers, which could be used to determine ancestry, eye color and other physical characteristics from genetic samples. Several biologists estimated that, if used at full capacity, the new equipment could be used to profile up to 10,000 DNA samples a day and several million a year. We have learned from several witnesses who fled China recently and also from some Chinese media reports that the local government has already started the collection of the DNA samples from a large number of Uyghurs, and the Chinese authorities are planning to continue this process until the DNA samples of all Uyghurs are collected. Many countries use DNA fingerprinting to solve and prevent crimes, but most Uyghurs living abroad are extremely worried about how the DNA is being collected in East Turkestan. In March of 2017, Chinese state media detailed the conclusion of a 4-month program during which 17.5 million people - who were predominantly Uyghurs - were given health checks, including blood tests. Last year, other reports emerged that most of the people who underwent these examinations had been forced to do so. The whole Uyghur population in East Turkestan is currently under attack from all directions by the communist Chinese regime. One reason is that East Turkestan is a key strategic point in China’s “One-Belt, One-Road (OBOR)” initiative, and the whole Uyghur population has become an inconvenience for that initiative. It is not clear where or when this will end, or if it ends at all. More than 10% of the Uyghur population is currently being held illegally in jails, political “re-education” concentration camps and orphanages (http://chn.ge/2CAIJFR http://chn.ge/2Dw8YAU ). We were told that the largest construction project currently underway in East Turkestan is the building of new jails and new concentration camps throughout its territory (http://www.xjjsxx.com/zhaobiaogonggao/2017/0914/2032.html Some international organizations such as Human Rights Watch warned that the collection of the Uyghurs’ DNA could be used as a way for the authorities to intensify their political control. But, because the Uyghurs have no legal representation and virtually no institutional support in China, the Chinese government is practically unrestricted in conducting any type of human experiments on the Uyghur people. For that reason, many Uyghurs living abroad are worried that the biodata of the entire Uyghur people might be used for something far worse, such as to selectively harvest the organs of the Uyghurs, as thousands of Uyghurs have already been disappeared behind “the black gate” of the Chinese mass detention system. We, the Torchlight Uyghur Group, appeal to the United Nations, foreign governments and all international humanitarian and human rights organizations to demand the Chinese government stop the collection of DNA and the other biodata of the whole Uyghur population, and to disclose to the world what they are truly doing with the Uyghurs’ DNA data that they have already collected. We, the Uyghurs, are powerless and helpless at the moment. As such, we are unable to defend ourselves against the Chinese government’s atrocities and cannot fight this battle for our survival alone. We need the support of the global community. If tens of thousands of people from around the world sign our petition, it may be possible that the United Nations will make a commitment and will act to stop the tragedy that the Uyghur people are facing today. Please join us in our fight to end the appalling atrocities happening in East Turkestan. Please sign and share this petition. Thank you!
Stop Chinese Communist Dictator Chen Quanguo’s Crimes against Humanity in East Turkestan
By Torchlight Uyghur Group (firstname.lastname@example.org) This petition is also available in the following languages: Arabic (عربى), German (Deutsch), French (Français), Japanese (日本語), Russian (Pусский),Turkish (Turkçe), Chinese (Simplified),Uyghur (ئۇيغۇرچە,) Uyghur (Latinche), Slawiyanche (Kril) Feb 24th, 2018 Chen Quanguo is the Communist Party Secretary of East Turkestan (known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in present-day China). He was promoted to this post in August 2016, after subduing another heavily oppressed region — Tibet. Since then, he has initiated a series of unprecedented repressive measures against the Uyghur people, and ideological purges against so-called “two-faced” Uyghur officials as well as Uyghurs who earned high-respect and/or have strong influence in their own professional fields or careers (The “two-faced” is a term applied by the regime to describe the Uyghurs who do not willingly follow directives and exhibit signs of “disloyalty.”). Chen’s regime is now treating all the Uyghurs as criminals, and all the Uyghurs with religious faith as terrorists. His government not only jailed a huge number of innocent Uyghurs (in some estimates this number is between 50,000 to 100,000), they also locked up far more people in Nazi-style concentration camps. The total number now exceeds one million, constituting more than 10% of the total Uyghur population (according to China’s 2010 census) in East Turkestan. Even more horribly, the Chen’s regime is treating those one million Uyghur men and women in very inhuman ways both in prisons and in concentration camps. In prisons, those innocent “prisoners” are tortured in a way that people living in any civilized society cannot imagine. For example, the torture includes water cells, burning female victims’ faces and bodies with cigarettes and telling them “Call your God to rescue you”, hanging by the wrists, beating with police batons, electric batons or other objects, kicking, exposure to sustained cold, blinding with a hot, bright light, forcing a prisoner to maintain a stress position for prolonged periods, prolonged deprivation of sleep, water and food, restraining for days in so-called “tiger chairs” (used to immobilize suspects during interrogations), handcuffs, and leg irons. In most cases, such abuses have resulted in deaths, or physical and/or mental disabilities. Here are two recent reports related to this petition: (1)China Xinjiang police state: Fear and resentment http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-china-42911468/china-xinjiang-police-state-fear-and-resentment?ocid=wsnews.chat-apps.in-app-msg.whatsapp.trial.link1_.auin (2) New party boss wields heavy hand of Chinese rule over Uyghurs https://www.rfa.org/english/news/special/uyghur-oppression/ Chen’s regime has turned more than one million Uyghurs into “Innocent Prisoners” in East Turkestan. We strongly believe that Chen’s policies and actions against Uyghurs, as exemplified above, constitute as Crimes Against Humanity, and Chen should be brought to justice for his crimes. We, the Uyghurs, are powerless and helpless at the moment. As such, we are unable to defend ourselves against the Chinese government’s atrocities and cannot fight this battle for our survival alone. We need the support of the global community. If tens of thousands of people from around the world sign our petition, it may be possible that the United Nations will make a commitment and will act to stop the tragedy that the Uyghur people are facing today, and stop Chen Quanguo’s crimes against humanity in East Turkestan. Please join us in our fight to end the appalling atrocities happening in East Turkestan. Please sign and share this petition. Thank you! To read the full text of this petition, please click HERE. You can find more information from the following sites: https://www.facebook.com/torchuyghur/ https://twitter.com/torch_uyghur http://blog.freedomsherald.org http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/
China: Release the Thousands of Uyghur Prisoners of Influence
China: Release the Thousands of Uyghur Prisoners of Influence By Torchlight Uyghur Group (Mesheluyghur@gmail.com) www.facebook.com/torchuyghur/ https://twitter.com/torch_uyghur http://blog.freedomsherald.org/ This Petition Is Also Available In The Following Languages: Turkish (Turkçe), German (Deutsch), French (Français), Arabic (عربى), Russian (Pусский), Spanish (Español), Uyghur (ئۇيغۇرچە), Slawyan (Kiril), Japanese (日本語), February 3, 2018 We stated in our first 2 petitions that more than 1 million Uyghurs, or more than 10% of the Uyghur population living in East Turkestan (refer to the 2010 Chinese census) are currently being held illegally in jails, Nazi-style political “re-education” concentration camps and orphanages (http://chn.ge/2CAIJFR http://chn.ge/2Dw8YAU ). The arrest of the Uyghurs in large numbers has been going on for a long time, but it intensified since July 2009, after the July 5th massacre that took place in Urumchi, the capital of East Turkestan, and has reached to a record level since Chen Quan-guo took office as the Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in East Turkestan. The Uyghur detainees came from all spans of life, as exemplified in our recent report titled “Political Persecution of the Uyghurs — Brief Description of Some Individual Cases” (http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/ Among them, there is a special category of people, namely, prominent Uyghurs or Uyghurs of influence. They represent a group of people in various areas of life and profession, who have prominent influence among the Uyghurs, or play leading roles in the Uyghur society or in their own fields of profession, such as intellectuals, writers, lecturers, poets, website owners and administrators, business owners, entrepreneurs, leading community activists, actors-actresses, religious figures, sports professionals, and even some rich people. Therefore, they can be called “the Uyghur prisoners of influence”. They are very similar to the “prisoners of conscience” that are common to Han Chinese and the other ethnic groups in China, including the Uyghurs. But the Uyghur prisoners of influence were jailed or detained in concentration camps for a different reason, that is, for being famous and/or influential among their own community or in their own professional fields. If we imagine the whole Uyghur population as a person, these prisoners of influence can be considered as his/her head, and the Chinese government is now slowly cutting the head off. Here is an article published on 2 Feb. 2018 in “New York Times” related to the above issue: What It’s Like to Live in a Surveillance State https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/02/02/opinion/china-uighurs-xinjiang.html?referer=http://m.facebook.com Recently, several media outlets have reported on the arrests of several prominent Uyghurs and leading Uyghur intellectuals. They include Halmurat Ghopur (a leading intellectual), Abdurehim Heyit (a famous singer and musician), Yasinjan Moydin (a businessman and restaurant owner; got ill in a jail, and recently died in a hospital), Ahmatjan Heyder (a religious figure; got released from a jail after getting seriously ill, but died shortly thereafter), Muhammed Salih (a religious leader and scholar; he did the modern translation of the Holy Quran from Arabic to Uyghur language; he was taken into a concentration camp recently, and died on Jan. 24 at 82. His two daughters and a son-in-law also got arrested), Hebibullah Tohti (returned from Egypt after getting a doctor’s degree, and sentenced to a 10-years prison term shortly thereafter), four wealthiest Uyghurs in Kashgar, and some Uyghurs who studied abroad. The charges mentioned included “having nationalist tendencies”, “acts against the state”, “having extremist or politically incorrect views”, “being two-faced” and “undertaking unapproved, private hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca)”. Some of such reports can be found at http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/ Previously, the jailing of the Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti received wide coverage in the international media. However, the most cases in such nature still remain unnoticed and unreported, even though such action of the Chinese government is having devastating impact on the Uyghur society and on the lives of all the Uyghur people in East Turkestan and abroad. We have obtained information on many more cases of the arrested and the detained influential and/or prominent Uyghurs from people who fled China recently, but we restrained ourselves from presenting such cases in this petition. The reason is, the Chinese government is currently using one of their ancient tactics in oppressing the whole Uyghur population, namely, “not only cut the grass, but also destroy the roots” (斩草除根). Based on this tactic, if the Chinese government suspects the loyalty of an Uyghur on themselves, they not only arrest and in some cases kill with some fake charges that person, but also they do the same to his/her extended family members. So it is very common that a lot of Uyghur families have lost more than 10 extended family members to jails, concentration camps and orphanages. Several examples of such cases are presented in the above report. We have learned that the Chinese government has issued “arrest schedules”, “look-up tables” and printed verdicts with two blank spaces, the first for the name and the second for the jail time of the future “criminals”, to local government officials and airport administrators. These documents are issued from the top at the provincial government level down to the heads of all villages. According to such directives, the Uyghurs who “committed” crimes are divided into 3 categories: (1) 6 months to 3 years jail term (副管 in Chinese). People belonging to this category are ordinary, innocent ones who were arrested to fill some quota came down from the top. For example, in 2017, Urumchi police issued an order to all its branches to arrest 3000 Uyghurs and Kazakhs in this category within a week. This was reported by the Radio-Free Asia (USA). (2) 7 – 10 years jail term (严管). It is for people who have relatives abroad, who were found to have stored forbidden contents in their smartphones, and activists. (3) 10 - 15 years jail term (强管). It is for people who returned from abroad, who were forcibly returned from abroad, “political criminals”, and people with religious knowledge. When “catching” an Uyghur “criminal”, a local government official first determines which category that “criminal” belongs to, fills out a pre-printed verdict mentioned above, and gives that verdict to that “criminal” right at the spot. For example, since 2016 the CCP government in East Turkestan pressured the parents of the Uyghur students studying in different parts of the world, often using jail terms as a threat. As a result, some unknown number of Uyghur students (the number is in the thousands in our estimate) went back to East Turkestan to save their parents from trouble. However, many of those students were sentenced to 3 – 7 years of jail terms and were taken to jails directly from the Urumchi airport upon their return. In many cases their parents had never seen them after returning from abroad. They just simply disappeared in East Turkestan or somewhere else in China. According to the accounts of a close friend who talked to us, Behtiyar, an Uyghur man in his 20s, decided to visit his parents and other relatives in Kashgar in the summer of 2016. Because restrictions and punishments are much more severe in Kashgar than in Urumchi, he decided to protect himself from all the potential troubles by having his smartphone “cleaned up” in a police “black market” in Urumchi. The police servicemen there asked him to pay 500 Yuan (more than $80) for the service. He paid them and thought he had made his smartphone “safe” to travel to Kashgar. He was thoroughly checked after he got off the airplane in Kashgar, including his smartphone. At that time, one of the police officers told him that he found prohibited contents in Behtiyar’s phone, including a photo of Turkish president Erdogan and another photo of a Turkish national flag. But Behtiyar explained to them what he did in Urumchi before starting this trip. However, they told him that they can retrieve all the deleted contents from a smartphone. The police called Behtiyar’s parents and told them that they need to pay the police 30,000 Yuan (about $5,000) to get their son back, otherwise their son will be jailed. It took 3 days for Behtiyar’s parents to come up with such money. When they finally came to the airport with the money, the police told them that their son had been arrested, given a 7-year prison term and sent to a jail whose location was unknown to them. Behtiyar was simply disappeared this way. The person who told us the above real story also told us that one prohibited content found in someone’s smart phone earns him or her a minimum 7-year jail term. That is consistent with Bahtiyar’s 7-years prison term. Behtiyar is not a prominent Uyghur nor a leading intellectual. He is just an average Uyghur. But we told the above story so that you would understand how a jail term is now easily handed out to an innocent Uyghur in East Turkestan. There was a young Uyghur bodybuilder in southern East Turkestan. He was well-known to the Uyghur youth with his well-developed and very good-looking body. He is good in bodybuilding but not known in anything else. However, the Chinese government targeted him as a suspect because of his influence among the young Uyghur people. One day the police came up with a fake crime for him and threw him in a jail with a 5-year prison term. In East Turkestan, jailing an influential Uyghur figure is as simple as that. That is, being prominent or being influential among the Uyghurs is a serious crime in East Turkestan, and thousands of innocent Uyghurs were jailed and detained for such “crime”. That is part of the reasons why more than 1 million young and adult Uyghurs are currently being held either in jails or in concentration camps, and their small children are sent to orphanages. The English-language program of the Voice of America (VOA) reported that “Recently, the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has drawn attention to increased restrictions on the ability of Uighurs in China to express and practice their religion. The State Department’s annual Human Rights Report also has highlighted repression of Uighurs’ freedoms of speech, movement, association, and assembly.” We, the Torchlight Uyghur group, thank the US government, as well as the governments of the other countries and various international organizations for their support towards the Uyghur people. In the mean time, we appeal to the United Nations, foreign governments, and other international human rights and humanitarian organizations to demand the Chinese government to unconditionally release those thousands of Uyghur prisoners of influence. We, the Uyghurs, are powerless and helpless at the moment. As such, we cannot defend ourselves against the Chinese government’s atrocities and cannot fight this battle for our survival alone. We need the support of the global community. If tens of thousands of people from around the world sign our petition, it may be possible that the United Nations will make a commitment and will act to stop the tragedy that the Uyghur people are facing today. Please join us in our fight to end the appalling atrocities happening in East Turkestan. Please sign and share this petition. Thank you!
China: Release the 1 Million Uyghurs Detained in Nazi-Style Concentration Camps
China: Release The 1 Million Uyghur Detainees Held Illegally In Nazi-Style Concentration Camps By Torchlight Uyghur Group (Mesheluyghur@gmail.com) www.facebook.com/torchuyghur/ https://twitter.com/torch_uyghur http://blog.freedomsherald.org/ This Petition Is Also Available In The Following Languages: Turkish (Turkçe), German (Deutsch), Japanese (日本語), Chinese (中文), Traditional Chinese (繁体字), French (Français), Arabic (عربى), Uyghur (ئۇيغۇرچە), Slawyan (Kiril), Russian(Pусский) January 20th, 2018 Many media organizations around the world have recently reported that a large portion of the Uyghur population is being detained either in jails or in so-called “re-education camps” (http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/ while their children are being kept in countless orphanages in the East Turkestan. Recently, we have learned from official sources inside East Turkestan that the number of the Uyghurs currently being held in these Nazi-style political “re-education” concentration camps is more than 800,000. That is a number known officially inside East Turkestan, but all the unofficial numbers we obtained from various sources exceed one million. According to the 2010 Chinese census, the Uyghur population in East Turkestan was 10,000,370 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xinjiang This means that about 10% of the current Uyghur population is locked up. The conditions of the concentration camps are horrific because of the fact that such a large number of Uyghurs are locked up in relatively small and crowded spaces. We were told by several people who fled China recently that people even cannot lie down during the night with their backs on the floor; instead, they have to sleep sideways with all the adjacent bodies touching one another. We have also learned from some Uyghurs who recently lost their close relatives in the concentration camps that a significant number of Uyghurs are losing their lives in those camps every day. The families of the victims are just receiving their dead bodies from those overcrowded concentration camps. The local authorities are not giving back the bodies of the younger Uyghurs died, instead, just burying them in the nearby empty fields. These are just a few of the many examples of the horrible conditions in these concentration camps. How did those more than one million people end up in jails, concentration camps and orphanages? It is extremely difficult to obtain such information in China, but we have managed to get information on some individual cases from the relatives of those victims’ living outside China (The report titled “Political persecution of the Uyghurs – Brief description of some individual cases” at http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/ The Uyghurs are one of the ancient peoples living in the heart of Asia. They have a long and proud history, and a rich culture. Throughout the history, the Uyghurs have been a great contributor to the world peace and prosperity. Due to their geographical location along the famous Silk Road, they have been a major force in the cultural exchange between the East and the West. We strongly believe that the Uyghurs are an indispensable part of the wider international community and will continue such contribution to the world’s ethnic and cultural diversities in the future. Similarly, the Uyghurs will contribute to the world's peace and prosperity, just as they have done in the past. Therefore, the Uyghurs have every right to live in peace with dignity, and to continuously prosper, as any other nations on the surface of our mother Earth. However, in the recent decades, the Chinese government has banned the Uyghur language from its use at all levels of education in East Turkestan, outlawed Uyghur literature (by banning and burning historical and literature books written in the Uyghur language), restricted, criminalized and attempted to eliminate Uyghurs’ religious belief and practice, and has systematically flooded East Turkestan with Han Chinese migrants in the name of “developing the West”, and thereby marginalized the Uyghurs in their own homeland. And now the Chinese government is openly killing the Uyghur people, too, in those Nazi-style Chinese concentration camps by implementing a state-sponsored ethnic cleansing policy. If we don’t get help immediately from the United Nations and from the international community to stop the Chinese government from what they are doing towards the Uyghurs in East Turkestan, the Uyghurs will keep dying and disappearing in large numbers in those Chinese concentration camps (http://www.freedomsherald.org/ET/images/image201801_13.jpg and will soon face an unprecedented threat to their very existence. Therefore, we appeal to all the international communities and human rights organizations not to ignore the Chinese government’s crimes against humanity – the crimes currently being committed against the innocent Uyghur people. We appeal to the United Nations and other international human rights organizations to demand the Chinese government to release those 1 million Uyghurs, and send investigation teams to East Turkestan and find out: ● Where are those jails, concentration camps and orphanages? ● Why and where those one million Uyghurs are being detained? ● What are they eating and where and how are they sleeping? ● What are they doing during the day? ● What are their current health conditions? ● What are the current death rates among the detainees? ● What is happening to the children/siblings/parents of the people held in jails and concentration camps? We, the Uyghurs, are powerless and helpless at the moment. As such, we cannot defend ourselves against the Chinese government’s atrocities and cannot fight this battle for our survival alone. We need the support of the global community. If tens of thousands of people from around the world sign our petition, it may be possible that the United Nations will make a commitment and will act to stop the tragedy that the Uyghur people are facing today. Please join us in our fight to end the appalling atrocities happening in East Turkestan. Please sign and share this petition. Thank you! About the Uyghur People and East Turkestan: East Turkestan is the homeland of the Uyghur people. It has been under the communist China' s occupation since 1949. East Turkestan is located in the Central Asia, and borders China and Mongolia to the east, Russia to the north, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to the west, and Tibet to the south. The landmass of East Turkestan is bigger than whole Western Europe. Its colonial name is “Xinjiang”, which means "the new territory" or "the new frontier" in Chinese. China officially designated the East Turkestan a Uyghur autonomous region in 1955, but in reality it has never become a genuine autonomous region. The Chinese government reported the number of the Uyghur population in East Turkestan as 10,000,370 (refer to the 2010 Chinese census), but some Uyghur sources estimate the real population of Uyghurs to be around 20 million.