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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.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Uygur "Terrorist" Organisations merge

In a press release dated April 19 The East Turkestan National Congress and World Uyghur Youth Congress along with Uygur delegates from 13 different countries have advised that after a three day meeting held over the weekend of April 16-19 in Munich Germany that they will merge their respective organisations into a new single organisation to represent the "highest interests of the Uygur people of East Turkistan"

China recently called on the German Government not to allow the conference to proceed claiming that it was a gathering of "terrorist" and "separatist" organisations that posed not only a threat to China's unity but also to world peace.

The newly formed World Uyghur Congress first president was named as Erkin Alptekin son of famed Uygur Nationalist Yusaf Alptekin who fled Xinjiang with the takeover of the Chinese Communist party and conducted an international campaign for Uygur independence from then until his recent death.

Other officials elected were Mr. Muhammad Tohti, president of the Uyghur Canadian Association, elected as Vice-president, Mr. Alim Seytoff, president of the Uyghur American Association, elected as the Chairman for the Executive Committee of WUC. and Mr. Dolkun Isa elected as the Secretary General of WUC.

Mr Isa is ranked number 3 in China's "most wanted terrorist" list and has held the position of president of the Uygur Youth Congress which is listed by Beijing as a "Terrorist Organisation" along with the East Turkistan Information Center which was also represented at the conference.

The main objective of WUC according to the press release will be

"to promote the right of the Uyghur people to use peaceful, nonviolent, and democratic means to determine the political future of East Turkestan".

To achieve this goal the organisation plans to

" closely cooperate with concerned foreign governments such as the U.S., Britain, Germany, Russia, and international bodies such as the UN, European Union as well as human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch etc."

The new WUC claims that since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S., the Chinese government has

hijacked the global war on international terrorism and has stepped up its Strike Hard campaigns aimed at terrorizing the entire Uyghur population. The Chinese government also branded almost all the Uyghur organizations in the world as terrorist and attempted to dismantle them with the help of the international community."

Platform of Non Violence and International Co-Operation

Despite several member associations of the newly formed WUC being branded as "Terrorist" organisations by the Chinese Communist Party the WUC has declared that it will attempt to achieve it's aims through a policy advocating non violence and adherence to international standards.

"The World Uyghur Congress declares a nonviolent and peaceful opposition movement against Chinese occupation of East Turkestan and an unconditional adherence to the international accepted human rights standard as laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and internationalonal Covenant on Political, Economical, Social and Cultural Rights,adherence to the principals of democratic pluralism and rejectof totalitarianismnism, religious intolerance, and terrorism as an instrument of policy."

At the conclusion of conference a protest rally was staged outside of the Chinese Consulate in Munich to draw attention to the on going Human Rights abuses of the Chinese Government against the Uygur people in Xinjiang and the denouncing of legal Uygur diaspora organisations as "Terrorist groups"