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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Monday, April 19, 2004

Uygur "Terrorist Organisations" Meet in Germany

Xinjiang  Uygur China map
Representatives of Uygur diaspora groups have been meeting in Munich Germany over the weekend of the 16th and 18th April at the annual United General Assembly of East Turkestan National Congress.

The annual three day Congress draws representatives from Uygur organisations in up to 15 countries for the election of office holders and to discuss short and long term strategies for the promotion of the Uygur cause worldwide.

Among the groups attending the conference are the East Turkestan (Uyghuristan) National Congress (ETNC), the World Uyghur Youth Congress (WUYC) and the East Turkistan Information Centre (ETIC)

ETNC was established in October 1999 as an international umbrella body, and the WUYC in October 1996 to represent the Uyghur Youth worldwide.

According to their public platforms the ETNC, WUYC and ETIC disavow violence and declare adherence to human rights standards laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant and Political Rights and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The organisations are all legally registered in Germany and have been operating openly under the laws of the host country to “promote, secure and lobby for the fundamental rights, to disseminate information about the human rights violations, to promote democracy amongst Uyghur people”.

China Labels Meeting "Terrorist"

Despite their open and legal status in Germany the Chinese government have labelled ETIC and WUYC as being “terrorists” organisations and named their leaders as being wanted for “terrorism” activities within China.

On December 16, 2003 China released the names of four Eastern Turkistan organisations that it claimed were linked to al-Qaeda and had carried out “terrorist” activities within China. As well they named 11 ethnic Uygurs wanted on terrorist charges.

Among those organisations and individuals named were ETIC and the WUYC and their respective leaders Abudujelili Kalakash and Dolqun Isa. Isa was named as number 3 on China’s terrorist “most wanted list” and Kalkash number 4.

As recently as Friday of last week China officially “warned” German officials about the conference of the East Turkestan groups in Munich which Beijing describes as "terrorist activities"

According to a Chinese spokesperson quoted by Xinhua the official Chinese newsagency ETIC and WUYC are meeting in Munich

“..with other 'Eastern Turkistan' separatist forces in order to set up a unified organisation for terrorist and separatist activities, which not only endangers China's unification and security, but also poses a potential threat to world peace, said the spokesman.”

Conference Address By UNPO General Secretary

The conference was addressed on it’s opening day by Marino Busdachin, General Secretary of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation, an organisation set up as an alternative to the United Nations and representing indigenous peoples such as the Uygur and the Tibetans whose nationhood has been denied to them by external force.

In his opening remarks Busdachin said that UNPO commits its full support to the Uyghur people in its “struggle for freedom, democracy and the right to self-determination”.

Delegates To Demonstrate at Chinese Embassy

At the end of the General Assembly a demonstration is planned in front of the Consulate-General of the Peoples’ Republic of China in Munich to protest against the stepped up crack down in East Turkestan and the Chinese branding of democratic Uyghur exile organisations as terrorists.