Uyghur activist’s fight for East Turkistan

This news was originally published on Tibet Sun ON THE WEB, 10 July 2019

By Lobsang Wangyal. you can reach original source by this link.


Every weekend, he is at one of the most popular tourist spots in Amsterdam — the Dam Square, right in front of one of the royal palaces of the Netherlands. He is there for a different reason — bringing awareness to the human rights abuses of the Uyghurs in East Turkistan (Chinese: Xinjiang) by the Chinese government.

Abdurehim Gheni has been staging the campaign for over a year, and says he does it because “God kept me safe from Chinese genocide in East Turkistan. For this, I became the voice of the voiceless Uyghurs.”

The 41-year-old is a soil care analyst at a private company in Wageningen in central Netherlands, and travels to Amsterdam every weekend for the campaign. He has a wife and two children.

Gheni says that China is seeking to eradicate the Uyghur identity through a series of repressive policies.

“By worsening mistreatment, institutionalising discrimination, and intensifying assimilation, over 25 million Uyghurs in East Turkistan are currently on the verge of extinction,” Gheni says.

He charged that the international community has remained silent over the tragic condition of the Uyghurs. “Some countries have even gone as far as to help capture and repatriate Uyghur refugees to China in favour of China’s economic aid and friendship.” Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and even Germany, are some of the countries he named that have done this.

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