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Exiled Tibetans express solidarity with uyghur uprising

July 13, 2009

Jul 10th, 2009 - By NVO Bureau

Dharamshala: Five major Tibetan NGOs express its deep concern over the
tragic events that are unfolding in East Turkistan (Ch: Xinjiang). We call
on the government of China to release those who have been detained for
peaceful protest, restore internet and mobile telephone communication to
Urumqi, permit unfettered access to journalists, cease its propaganda
campaign that is contributing to the violence, and allow the United Nations
to conduct an independent investigation. We also send our message of
solidarity to Rebiya Kadeer and to members of the World Uyghur Congress at
this tragic time.

As with the peaceful protests that spread across Tibet last year, the
Chinese Government is following the same approach it used to "manage" the
situation there including:

1.Tightly controlling foreign media (some of whom are in Urumqi on a
government-organised tour).
2.Shutting down internet and mobile telephone access to prevent information
getting out of the region and control what its own citizens are told about
events.
3.Conducting night-time raids which have led to the arrests of many hundreds
of people.
4.Flooding news broadcasts with images and statements that present
protestors solely as violent rioters, thereby inciting ethnic conflict.
Without proof, blaming the expression of legitimate grievances on "hostile
foreign forces" (in East Turkestan's case, Rebiya Kadeer and the World
Uyghur Congress; in Tibet's case, the Dalai Lama and his followers).

"We echo Rebiya Kadeer's urgent call for peace, justice and the end of all
violence and appeal to the Chinese government to end its brutal suppression
of Uyghurs throughout East Turkestan", said Ven. Ngawang Woeber,
spokesperson of the five NGOs. "In a successive turn of events, Preisdent Hu
Jintao is impelled to skip the G8 summit and head back to China from Pisa
airport to safe his face from embarrassment during the G8 summit. This
face-saving measure to avoid facing the international media and being
swamped with questions, projects utter failure in the policy adopted by
Chinese government in East Turkestan and for that matter in Tibet as well."

Despite China's occupation of Tibet and East Turkestan for over half a
century, Tibetans and Uygurs have never accepted Chinese rule and continue
to advocate for basic freedom and human rights. By denying Tibetans and
Uyghurs control over their own lives, the Chinese government's policies in
Tibet and East Turkestan are destroying stability, not creating it.

Sixteen months after a wave of overwhelmingly peaceful protests began to
sweep across the Tibetan plateau, Tibet remains under virtual martial law,
with more than 1,000 people still unaccounted for, who were detained during
the period of unrest. More than 200 Tibetans have been killed during the
protests and hundreds more arrested and sentenced, including four men and
one woman sentenced to death for taking part in the protests in Lhasa on 14
March 2008.

We fear that, as in Tibet, the Chinese authorities will ascend their
crackdown in East Turkestan with lengthy prison sentences, disappearances
and beatings. As with Tibet, we call on the international community to press
the government of China to work sincerely towards bringing about a peaceful
resolution to the 50-year long occupation of East Turkestan.
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