The International Uyghurs Forum started today on 09 Nov in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. The President of World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa welcomed the guests and reminded the audience of the need to urgently end Uyghur Genocide.
The Forum brings together over 200 participants from all over the world, including prominent experts in policy, economics, civil society, media, academia and the legal field, as well as Uyghur and civil society representatives.
“The International Uyghur Forum is held at an important time in our people’s history”, WUC President Dolkun Isa said. “After the release of the UN Uyghur report and the failed resolution at the UN Human Rights Council, the real question now is what action the international community will take to end the suffering of Uyghurs.”
“Millions of people in East Turkistan are enduring genocide by the Chinese authority. Uyghur Genocide is the inevitable crisis of humanity from all ethnic, religious, and political backgrounds. Because the ongoing genocide threatens the common values of the international community, China threatens the world’s common interest. It’s time to act in a firm and determined way,” IUETO President Hidayet Oguzhan Said.
“We hope that the genocide committed by the People’s Republic of China against Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other ethnic groups will end and that those responsible will be sanctioned by the international community.” said Mesud Gülbahar, Chairman of Hasene Organization. “Urgent decisions need to be taken to hold those who commit genocide crimes accountable. States have a moral and legal obligation to take an active role to end this genocide.”
By discussing how the international community’s response to China’s human rights atrocities has evolved over the past years, and the efforts by Uyghur groups and other stakeholders to advocate for action, the main objective of this event is to reflect on a unified, global policy response to the Uyghur genocide. By discussing the current challenges and opportunities for action, the Forum aims to foster collaboration and formulate a global response that is needed to address the plight of the people of East Turkistan.
Edited & Collated by Team TRC