UNPO General Secretary Addresses World Uyghur Congress General Assembly
The World Uyghur Congress Successfully Concludes Its Second Assembly
Below is a
Below is apress release by World Uyghur Congress, followed by the Speech of Mr. Marino Busdachin. Please also see link to Welcome Address by Erkin Alptekin.
''I am really delighted to be elected as the new president,'' said Ms. Kadeer, who is also the president of the Uyghur American Association based in
''Ms. Kadeer's election marks a new beginning for our freedom movement, and I am confident that she will take our cause to a new level and change the future of Uyghur people,'' said Erkin Alptekin, former WUC President.
Ms. Kadeer's election has given new hope and strength for WUC and the Uyghur people all around the world. Since her release from Chinese custody in March 2005 to the
To retaliate Ms. Kadeer's human rights activism and silence her voice in the world, the Chinese government arrested her three sons and put her daughter under house arrest in early June. The Chinese authorities even threatened her not to nominate herself as WUC president, or else her sons would be punished just a week before the WUC II Assembly. Today, Ms. Kadeer's youngest son Alim Abdureyim was sentenced to seven years by a Chinese court on charges of tax evasion and released her oldest son Kahar Abdureyim with huge fines on the same charges. However, there is still not any kind of information regarding her third son Ablikim Abdureyim.
''All my three sons are innocent, and the Chinese authorities knew that clearly'' said Ms. Kadeer, ''the Chinese government made clear to the world with today's political decision that human rights and rule of law have no place in China.''
Ms. Rebiya Kadeer, 60, is a former prisoner of conscience. She is the 2004 Rafto Award laureate and 2005/2006 Nobel Peace Prize candidate. She has been universally recognized as 'the Mother of Uyghur Nation' by the Uyghur people both in
WUC New Leadership:
Honorary Chairman: Mehmet Riza Bekin
Chief Advisor: Erkin Alptekin
Advisor: Sidikhaji Rozi
President: Ms. Rebiya Kadeer
Vice-presidents: Kahriman Ghojamberdi, Memet Tohti, Eskercan Siyit Tumturk
Chairman of Executive Committee: Alim Seytoff
Vice-chairman of Executive Committee: Ablikim Idris
General Secretary: Dolkun Isa
Spokesman: Dilshat Reshit
The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) recently concluded its II General Assembly, held between 24 and 27 November 2006 in
Speech by UNPO General Secretary Marino Busdachin
Delivered to the World Uyghur Congress II General Assembly
24 November 2006
I am glad to be here, and grateful to have the opportunity to address you during today’s important meeting on behalf of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO). I convey to you the salutations of the 63 Members of the UNPO, who represent over 200 million people around the world.
I would like in particular to extend to you the warm greetings of the Turkic Peoples and Nations who are part of UNPO such as, Bashkortostan and Circassia, Gagauzia and Chuvash, Crimean Tatars and Tatarstan, Kumyk and Iraqi Turkmen.
I would like to say that it is an honour and a privilege to be here, between such important and committed human rights defenders, as well as good friends; Erkin Alptekin and Rebiya Kadeer, Alim Seytoff, Dolkun Isa and Enver Can.
Fifteen years ago, Uyghurs were among the founders of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), and since then, their inspiration and efforts have markedly contributed to the work of UNPO. Although I would be delighted to elaborate more upon UNPO and the work of the organisation, this is not the purpose of my participation here today.
I would like just to say few things about the dire situation in which Uyghurs in
The Constitution and the 1984 Regional Ethnic Autonomy Law guarantees numerous rights to groups identified as minorities, including self-government within designated autonomous areas; proportional representation in the government; freedom to develop own language, religion, and culture; and power to adjust central directives to local conditions.
But, the Chinese government systematically denies some minorities their legal rights, arbitrarily arresting their members for simply exercising legally protected freedoms.
The Government of China has in particularly failed to uphold the legal rights of minorities living in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous region.
Religious freedom in
20 million Muslims are de facto denied the right to exercise their fundamental human rights – to freely practice their religion.
The current Chinese Government and the Chinese Communist political system shows less tolerance for autonomous social or political groups than any other regime in Chinese history. A history incidentally not noted for tolerance.
Rather than regarding this as a temporary situation, due perhaps to factional infighting within the CCP, it is probably more accurate that autonomy itself can only be a temporary condition within a centralized, unitary, nationalistic Chinese state.
Since 9/11, the international war against terrorism has firmly re-established state sovereignty as the predominant principle in international relations.
Despite some small scale progress on the implementation of the rights of minorities, the Chinese Government fails still to achieve a minimal standard of minorities protection in the most important and crucial areas of China.
Dear friends, at a time when anyone in the world is ready to do business with
We need to call for an end to executions of young Uyghurs accused as separatists and terrorists simply because they want to be free.
We need to call for the release of the family of Rebya Kadeer, as well as for the thousands of Uyghur political prisoners in
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UNPO and the Uyghur People are good friends, and as is the case of all long and true friendships, this can be understood without the need for many words.
Speech delivered by UNPO General Secretary Mr. Marino Busdachin to the World Uyghur Congress II General Assembly, on 24 November 2006 in Munich, Germany.