The United States and nearly 40 other countries issued a joint statement in the U.N. this week criticizing China for its human rights abuses in Xinjiang, Tibet and elsewhere.
The U.S. joined other major Western powers including the United Kingdom, Germany and France, while China, Russia and various Middle Eastern and Asian countries signed a competing statement saying China should be left to its own affairs, the Associated Press reported. The Uighur leader of East Turkistan, as Uighur independence groups refer to Xinjiang, on Friday urged Western countries to take further steps to end the “21st Century holocaust” in the region.
“There is no doubt what China is doing in East Turkistan against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Turkic peoples is genocide,” Prime Minister Salih Hudayar of the East Turkistan government-in-exile said in a statement provided to the Daily Caller. “For some 71 years, China and its Communist Party have been waging a brutal campaign of colonization and genocide as a result of the Chinese occupation of East Turkistan in late 1949.”
“We urge all countries across the world, especially the 39 countries who opposed China’s atrocities against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples to formally recognize