December 3, 2018
To Bush Family:
It is always heart-breaking when we lose a world leader who respected equal justice and human dignity above all others. Thepassing of the41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush, has deeply saddenedme and my fellow colleagues around the world who arefighting for the Uyghur cause.
During George H.W. Bush’spresidency, the long existing issues regarding China andEast Turkistan werekept hidden from the world as if it was a secret; there was neither real space nor anyopportunity for us to expose the Uyghur situation in depth in the United States. However, during the presidency of his son, George W. Bush, the 43th president of the United States, the Uyghur issues emerged and became relatively more pronounced inAmericanpolitics. The denial of returning the Uyghur detainees held in the Guantanamo Bay detention campback to Chinese authorities, my release from Chinese prison as a political prisoner and settlement in the United States are a few of the many such positive examples.
Following the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, the Chinese government seized the opportunity and started a brutal, heavy-handed, and largescale crackdown in East Turkistan under the banner of war on terror. George W. Bush openly warned the Chinese government that United States would not allow the Chinese government to oppress its minority group using the war on terror as an excuse. He declared although United States was at a critical time and yet it would notturn a blind eye on those who were suffering andoppressed. For the reasons above, Uyghur people both in and outside East Turkistan share the deep pain with you of losing a great leader.
On behalf of the Uyghur people in East Turkistan, I express our heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the passing of your beloved father.Our thoughts and prayers are with President Bush’s family.
The Uyghur Leader