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Unregistered
07-08-14, 12:19
Salam Uyghur,

The following quoted portion of the this posting is from the UN Resolution 3103. Please read it. And you can get the full copy of this document by searching "UN Resolution 3103" on the world wide web.

"Solemnly proclaims the following basic principles of the legal status of the combatants
struggling against colonial and alien domination and racist régimes without prejudice to their
elaboration in future within the framework of the development of the international law applying
to the protection of the human rights in armed conflicts:

1. The struggle of peoples under colonial and alien domination and racist régimes for the
implementation of their right to self-determination and independence is legitimate and in
full accordance with the principles of international law.

2. Any attempt to suppress the struggle against colonial and alien domination and racist
régimes is incompatible with the Charter of the United Nations, the Declaration on
Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among
States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights and the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries
and Peoples21 and constitutes a threat to international peace and security.

3. The armed conflicts involving the struggle of peoples against colonial and alien
domination and racist régimes are to be regarded as international armed conflicts in the
sense of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, and the legal status envisaged to apply to the
combatants in the 1949 Geneva Conventions and other international instruments is to apply
to the persons engaged in armed struggle against colonial and alien domination and racist
régimes.

4. The combatants struggling against colonial and alien domination and racist régimes
captured as prisoners are to be accorded the status of prisoners of war and their treatment
should be in accordance with the provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the
Treatment of Prisoners of War, of 12 August 1949.

5. The use of mercenaries by colonial and racist régimes against national liberation
movements struggling for their freedom and independence from the yoke of colonialism
and alien domination is considered to be a criminal act and the mercenaries should
accordingly be punished as criminals.

6. The violation of the legal status of the combatants struggling against colonial and alien
domination and racist régimes in the course of armed conflicts entails full responsibility in
accordance with the norms of international law.

2197th plenary meeting
12 December 1973"

Unregistered
09-08-14, 17:16
Right. But even the international community is willing to overlook international laws, especially when China happens to be the perpetrator. Technically there is even a right to revolt against tyranny and oppression codified in international laws against colonialism and within the United Declaration of Human Rights preamble. So Uyghurs are justified in using nonviolent and violent means to resist colonialism, tyranny and oppression as long as they don't intentionally target innocents and civilians -- international law dictates such. But the international community doesn't often follow international law.