East Turkestan & the Uyghurs
Qatar's decision to withdraw its signature from among the 37 countries who signed a joint letter to endorse China's concentration camps in East Turkistan (so-called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) is not only showing sympathy towards the Uyghur people suffering in the camps, but more importantly it is about protecting its national image around the world. I applaud Qatar on both aspects, and I also want to express my gratitude on behalf of the oppressed Uyghur nation to Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Honorable Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, I am deeply impressed by the impact that your statement on Uighur crisis made to China after reading the joint letter in the name of Uighur scholars. I am also greatly disturbed by relentless efforts by China’s regime to play the games in the international stage. The joint letter was another show by the CCP propaganda. I know this very well because the regime forced my son Abdurehim to speak against me on a TV show in 2010.
I don’t know how much this statement you signed has impact on China. However, this statement is one of the most important movements in our history to save the lives of more than 3 million innocents detainees in China’s concentration camps languishing in a horrific and horrifying situation. Their relatives outside of the camps and the Uyghurs in exile are deeply concerned about their well-being This letter has shown us some hope for our future and restored, to a great extent, our trust to humanity which has not completely vanished or been commercialized.
Honorable President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
The recent news reports about your comments on the Uyghur situation after your official visit to China have deeply hurt us, the overseas Uyghur community around the world. That is not because of the false reports about our situation, but because these reports do not match your international image as a world leader and friend of the oppressed people all around the world. Ten years ago, you were the only foreign government leader who called the Chinese massacre on July 5 in Urumqi a genocide.
As all you know, Ramadan is the month for Muslims to pray for peace and equality, to show effort, self-test, and set example to others.