President of the World Uighur Congress, Rebiya Kadeer, spoke in a video message at a conference entitled, “Turkic World Issues and East Turkistan” about the killing of Uighur Turks by the Chinese government, accusing China of being a ‘’terrorist’’.
She said that the Chinese government strives to wipe off the civilisation and national identity of the Uighur Turks.
“Chinese government imprisoned youth under age of 35. More than 40,000 administrative detainees from Uighur Turks have been in prison.’’ said Kadeer, likening East Turkistan to ‘the prison of imperious Chinese government.”
The government forces us to live like the “Chinese” and our girls are forced to marry with them, she says.
The Chinese constitution asserts that ethnic and religious minorities in the People’s Republic would be equal before the law, but China has long been criticised by rights groups and international organizations for its human rights violations regarding ethnic and religious freedom.
Kadeer also pointed out the religious repression of Uighurs by the Chinese government saying “Those who are close to communist party can go to hajj while it is impossible for pious muslims.”
The Vice President of the Congress, Seyit Tumturk, said that East Turkistan is the only Muslim region in the world where people are banned from practising their religious beliefs such as fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The prohibitions to prevent fasting are not the first attempts of China.
"Around 3,000 Uighur were massacred on the first day of Ramadan fast when they took to the streets protesting the prohibition." he said referring to last year.
In her last remarks, Kadeer said “The persecution that we are exposed to is very severe. Even laughing freely is impossible for us. Taking passport and travelling abroad is so hard. It is only possible after being subjected to the strict control of the Chinese government.”
Tumturk criticized the world’s indifference to the Chinese repression saying "Unfortunately the world is still keeping silent."
Rabiye Kadeer, meanwhile, thanked Turkish politicians and Turkish people for their assistance and concerns regarding East Turkistan.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry conveyed on Tuesday its “deep concerns” to the Chinese ambassador to Turkey.
The ministry’s statement said, “Turkish public opinion has been worried to hear news that Uygur Turks, living in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of People’s Republic of China (PRC), were banned from fasting during Ramadan and other worshipping,” according to its latest press release.
Xinjiang autonomous region, which is called “East Turkestan” by Uighurs themselves, consists of nearly 45 percent of Turkic-Muslim Uighurs while ethnically Han Chinese makes up almost 40 percent of the region’s total population.
Hundreds of people have been reportedly killed during the unrests in Xinjiang in the past several years, where China's repressive policies, including controls on religion and Uighur culture, have been intensified by China’s party-government.
The Xinjiang’s local government has been monitoring religious education activities like Quran teaching for children and controlling mosque attendance in the regional cities such as Urumqi, Kashgar and Turpan.
The communist party has recently ordered Uighurs to stock and sell alcohol and cigarettes in attractive displays, despite the fact that many Muslims consider it a sin to sell alcohol for religious reasons.
The Chinese constitution asserts that ethnic and religious minorities in the People’s Republic would be equal before the law, but in China has long been criticised by the rights groups and international organizations for its human rights violations regarding the ethnic and religious freedom.
Human rights groups, including the Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have frequently reported that Beijing is prohibiting religious freedom and ethnic liberties as well as basic human rights in ethno-religious minority regions.