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17-05-09, 14:20
While the WUC prepare to host a seminal human rights conference, focused on East Turkestan, entitled "East Turkistan: 60 years under Communist Chinese Rule", it might be useful for those who follow the diaspora Uighur movement, to look 10 years back.

Below is the resolution adapted as a result of a conference entitled "The Situation in East Turkestan after half a centruy of Chinese occupation", held in Brussels, European Parliament on 17th October 2001 and a list of some of the speakers and attendees.

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Resolution adopted

The Conference on the situation of East Turkestan after 50 years of Chinese Communist Occupation, meeting in the European Parliament on Wednesday, 17 October, 2001,

A. strongly condemning the terrorist attack of 11 September on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon and terrorism and extremism in any forms;

B. expressing, on behalf of the Uighur communities around the world, its deepest condolences to the USA government, to the families of the victims;

C. denouncing the exploitation of these tragic and criminal acts made by the Chinese communist authorities to their own advantage in order to strengthen the crackdown on any form of dissent in East Turkestan by portraying Uighurs as Islamic terrorists, and by equating any request for the respect of basic human rights and to determine their own future to extremism and terrorism;

D. stressing the fact that the Uighur people is struggling since over 50 years for its freedom and self-determination and recalling that this struggle has nothing to do with transnational terrorism;

E. condemning the policy of State terrorism conducted by Beijing in East Turkestan to suppress any form of dissent and severely punish Uighur people for expressing their political, religious, historical or cultural views;

1. recalls that the primary goal of the East Turkestan National Congress and of the Uighur Communities around the world is to end the illegal occupation of East Turkestan by the People's Republic of China and to implement the right to self-determination in accordance with the principles of democracy and secularism;

2. calls on the International community in general and on the European Union in particular to seriously address the tragic situation of the Uighur People who, like the Tibetan People, suffer the dramatic effects of the Chinese policy of genocide by population transfer since the Chinese invasion and harsh occupation of East Turkestan

3. calls on the European Union and all democratic government to do their utmost to persuade Beijing to immediately open political negotiations with the representatives of the Uighur people, including the East Turkestan National Congress, with the aim of ensuring the implementation of the basic human rights of the people of East Turkestan and to permit them to determine their own future.

"The situation in East Turkestan after half a century of Chinese communist occupation"
A Conference organized by the East Turkestan National Congress (ETNC) in collaboration with the Transnational Radical Party (TRP)
European Parliament (Room 7 C 50), Brussels, the 17th October 2001

Opening of the works by:
Enver Can - President of the East Turkestan National Congress
Olivier Dupuis - Secretary General of the Transnational Radical Party, MEP

Enver Can - President of the East Turkestan National Congress
Erkin Alptekin - General Secretary of the Unrepresented Nations and People's Organisation (UNPO)
Prof. Michael van Walt van Praag - Professor at the San Francisco University, Co-founder of the UNPO
Prof. Timur Kocaoglu - Professor of Central Asian Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, Koc University
Oetkur Umit - Writer, Poet and friend of the Uyghur people
Timothy Cooper - Ambassador-at-large, China Democracy Party
Ulrich Delius - Asian Director of the "Society for Threaten People"
Peter E. Müller - International Society for Human Rights
Kelsang Gyalsen - Representative of the Tibetan Government in Exile to the European Union
Marie Holzman - Sinologist
Albrecht Göring - German lawyer

Honorary Guest Speakers:
M. Riza Bekin - Honorary Chairman of East Turkestan National Congress
Dr. Havva Kok - Lecturer at the Middle East Technical University Center for Black Sea and Central Asian Studies
Per Gahrton - Chairman of the European Parliament Delegation with the People Republic of China
Mr. Muzaffer Özdag - Former Deputy of the Turkish Grand Assembly and President of the Turkish-Azerbaijan Friendship Association