The Statement of the East Turkistan Government in Exile regarding the forced repatriation of 11 Uyghur brothers to China

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The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ahmet Zahid Hamidi has revealed that the Chinese authorities have demanded the return of the 11 Uyghur brothers who fled our occupied homeland of East Turkestan in seeking refuge.

First of all, the East Turkistan Government in Exile demands that the Malaysian government guarantee the safety of our 11 Uyghur brothers and that they do not return them to China. At the same time we request that they should be allowed to register immediately with the UN Refugee Agency to process their claim for asylum.

In 2012, the Malaysian authorities forcibly repatriated 6 of our Uyghur brothers to China, who have since disappeared, up until today there is no news of their whereabouts. Also in 2015, the Thai government returned over 100 our Uyghur brothers to China, similarly they have also disappeared, and no one knows what has happened to them. The East Turkistan Government in Exile calls upon the Malaysian government not to repeat its’ past mistakes in endangering the lives of their fellow Muslim brothers.

With regards to these 11 Uyghur brothers case, the US State Department, Amnesty International, and The Human Rights Watch, all have released separate statements demanding Malaysia not to return them to China. The East Turkistan Government in Exile welcomed these statements and call upon the Malaysian government to pay attention to the international voices and comply with their requests.

The spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang , in his statements claimed that these 11 Uyghur men are illegal migrants in trying to mislead the international community. The East Turkistan Government in Exile strongly condemns this claim. These 11 young Uyghur men are asylum seekers who have fled from the Chinese occupied East Turkistan seeking refuge in Malaysia.

The brutality of the Chinese invaders in our homeland is increasing day by day. As a result the number of the asylum seekers will increase in the future. The East Turkistan Government in Exile calls upon the Malaysian government and international organisations to take responsibility for these 11 Uyghur brothers’ safety and welfare. In the mean time they must pay attention to the pleas of future Uyghur asylum seekers and take urgent action in guaranteeing their safety.

 

East Turkistan Government in Exile

13.02.2018

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