East Turkestan: Kadeer Expresses Solidarity With Tibet
Victims of tragically similar circumstances, the Uyghur people stand in solidarity with the Tibetans as they face the increasing repression form Chinese authorities.
In response to the Chinese authorities’ crackdown on activists in Tibet and following an earlier statement, Ms. Rebiya Kadeer, President of the World Uyghur Congress, made the following declaration on 25 March 2008:
“I express the support and solidarity of the Uyghur people with the Tibetans in the wake of China's brutal suppression of peaceful Tibetan protesters"
"Tibetans and Uyghurs have been living under the yoke of Chinese oppression for decades. They have been subjected to Beijing's assimilationist policies aimed at eroding their religious identity and at accelerating cultural alienation. The PRC government's fierce repression policies in Tibet and East Turkestan are the main causes of political instability, ethnic conflicts and social tensions."
Below is a press release issued by the Uyghur American Association on 17 March 2008:
The President of the Uyghur American Association and Nobel Prize Nominee, Rebiya Kadeer, today [17 March 2008] expressed the full support and solidarity of the Uyghur people with the Tibetans in light of the brutal crackdown on Tibetan monks and nuns. As the family of nations is preparing to gather in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, the slaughter of scores of Tibetans has tainted the Beijing Olympics with the blood of innocent people.
"The horrific blood bath in Lhasa and other places in Tibet which the Chinese Security Forces perpetrated against the peace-loving people of Tibet is another stark reminder to the world community that the brutal Chinese regime should not be welcomed into the family of nations as a respected member without serious preconditions," said Ms. Kadeer.
"His Holiness the Dalai Lama has dedicated his entire life to the peaceful promotion of legitimate aspirations of the Tibetan people for cultural autonomy and survival. The world community cannot turn a blind eye to the obstinate refusal of the Beijing regime to fully engage in open, serious, and meaningful negotiations with leaders of Tibet and East Turkestan. This obstinacy and the regime's determination to crush any demands for basic rights guaranteed by the international community puts the responsibility for any bloodshed squarely on Beijing, and the responsibility to intervene on the international community. The two sides must seek a peaceful solution to this event by coming together for a meaningful dialogue that addresses the sources of the protesters’ discontent."
The Uyghur American Association (UAA) condemns the recent actions of People's Republic of China (PRC) authorities in Tibet and expresses its support for the Tibetan people in their peaceful protests against the Chinese government. The violent suppression of peaceful protests on the part of PRC security forces is unacceptable, and completely at odds with China's expressed desire to be recognized as a responsible member of the international community.
The PRC government's fierce repression of religious expression, policies aimed at cultural assimilation, and intolerance for any expression of discontent, no matter how peaceful, have led to tremendous social tensions in Tibet and East Turkestan.