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Stop Chinese Communist Dictator Chen Quanguo’s Crimes against Humanity in East Turkestan

Torchlight Uyghur Group

Chen Quanguo is the Communist Party Secretary of East Turkestan (known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in present-day China). He was promoted to this post in August 2016, after subduing another heavily oppressed region — Tibet.  Since then, he has initiated a series of unprecedented repressive measures against the Uyghur people, and ideological purges against so-called “two-faced” Uyghur officials as well as Uyghurs who earned high-respect and/or have strong influence in their own professional fields or careers (The “two-faced” is a term applied by the regime to describe the Uyghurs who do not willingly follow directives and exhibit signs of “disloyalty.”). His government is now treating all the Uyghurs as criminals, and all the Uyghurs with religious faith as terrorists.

More than 10,000 armed Chinese police and soldiers attending a swearing-in ceremony against “terrorism” in Kashgar on February 17, 2017. Reuters

We have learned that Chen Quanguo’s regime issued “arrest schedules”, “look-up tables” and printed verdicts to local government officials and airport administrators, and assigned quotas to all the districts in East Turkestan about how many people to arrest within a given period of time.  Some details of such illegal and inhuman practices were presented in our previous petition (http://chn.ge/2Eh6k2c).    Using such administrative processes outside the China’s legal system, Chen’s regime has arrested tens of thousands of Uyghurs, mostly men at the ages of 18 – 50, in the last two years. As a result, massive numbers of women have become “widows”, and similarly massive numbers of children have become “orphans”.  Consequently, the Uyghur societies everywhere lost their male residents, and Uyghur farms lost their male laborers.  Anyone who visits East Turkestan nowadays can see “streets without Uyghur men” everywhere. Adding to the above misery, the Chen’s regime has assigned Han-Chinese “relatives” to most Uyghur families in every cities and towns all around East Turkestan. The families include those whose remaining family members are only the mothers and the children.  We have obtained information about some cases in which Han male “relatives” sexually abused Uyghur mothers and/or their daughters in front of the mothers; when the female Uyghur victims complained to local government officials about this, they too were arrested under the charges of “causing disturbances”.

Chen’s regime not only jailed a huge number of innocent Uyghurs (in some estimates this number is between 50,000 to 100,000), they also put far more people into Nazi-style concentration camps.  The total number now exceeds one million, constituting more than 10% of the total Uyghur population (according to China’s 2010 census) in East Turkestan. Even more horribly, the Chen’s regime is treating those one million Uyghur men and women in very inhuman ways both in prisons and in concentration camps. In prisons, those innocent “prisoners” are tortured in a way that people living in any civilized society cannot imagine. For example, the torture includes water cells, burning female victims’ faces and bodies with cigarettes and telling them “Call your God to rescue you”, hanging by the wrists, beating with police batons, electric batons or other objects, kicking, exposure to sustained cold, blinding with a hot, bright light, forcing a prisoner to maintain a stress position for prolonged periods, prolonged deprivation of sleep, water and food, restraining for days in so-called “tiger chairs” (used to immobilize suspects during interrogations), handcuffs, and leg irons. In most cases, such abuses have resulted in deaths, or physical and/or mental disabilities.

Here are two recent reports related to this petition:

(1)China Xinjiang police state: Fear and resentment

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-china-42911468/china-xinjiang-police-state-fear-and-resentment

(2) New party boss wields heavy hand of Chinese rule over Uyghurs

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/special/uyghur-oppression/

For example, we have learned the following from an Uyghur victim who just recently got released from a prison, and told his close friends what he had gone through in the jail, even if he knew the danger that he might be executed for disclosing such tightly safeguarded information:  He did not know the rules when he first arrived in the jail, and got beaten by the guards with batons for whatever he did.  He had to say “I am a terrorist” every time when the guard beat him, otherwise he got even more hits.  When he asked for a permit to go to the toilet, he had to say “I am a terrorist and I would like to use the toilet”. The guards beat him if he did not ask in that way.  His right hand was tied to his left ankle with a metal object all the time: during the day, during the eating, when using the toilet, and during the sleep, such that his right hand stayed touching his left ankle all the time. It was impossible for him to stand straight even once during the day.  After living this way for more than a year, his body was completely deformed or physically disabled, thus becoming a person who can only crawl but cannot stand straight and walk.   At the moment, it is very rare in East Turkistan for an Uyghur prisoner to come out of a jail as a normal person like before he or she went into a jail.  We have heard many cases in which the Uyghurs who came out of jails died shortly thereafter because some of their internal organs were missing.

Omurbek Ali was born and grew up in East Turkestan, and became a citizen of Kazakhstan 12 years ago.  He was arrested on 26 March 2017 when he went to Pichan County in East Turkestan to visit his parents after conducting an official business in Urumchi. He was held in several concentration camps and prisons, and was finally released on 4 November 2017. He was interviewed three times on Jan. 23 – 25 of 2018 by the Uyghur-language service of Radio Free Asia (RFA) (https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/kazakh-01302018161655.html).  The following is his partial accounts as told to RFA:

  • “I was travelling back and forth between Kazakhstan and Xinjiang since I became a Kazakh citizen 12 years ago. I had never become a member of any organization, never carried out any political activity, and never assisted anybody who might belong to some sort of organizations. I worked in a travel agency from 2016 to 2017.  I went to Urumchi to attend a 2-day business meeting in March 2017.  After the meeting I went to Pichan County on 25 March 2017 to visit my parents. My plan was to go back to Kazakhstan on March 27.  At around 10am the next day, five policemen wearing uniforms came to my parents’ home and arrested me with a charge that “you are suspicious”.  They did not have any legal documents on their hands, such as an arrest warrant. After taking me to a village police station, they charged me with more “crimes”, including “intimidating, organizing and protecting terrorists”.  I was interrogated for about 2 hours in that police station. Then I was handcuffed, my head and face were covered with a black sack, and was taken to a county police station in Pichan city.  There, the police took my fingerprints and blood samples, and carried out thorough physical exams on my body, without taking off the handcuffs and the black sack on my head. I was terrified, and thought that they might start taking my internal organs soon. Later on the same day, I was taken to a prison.  There were around 15 young Uyghur men in my cell, all with metal chains on their hands and feet.  Before going to the prison cell, I had all of my clothing taken away and replaced by a set of prison uniform.  After staying 8 days in that prison cell, I was taken to Karamay (one of the largest cities in northern East Turkestan), still handcuffed and chained.  I was deprived from sleep for two days before the police started their interrogation on me.  Since that day up until mid June, I did everything, including eating, sleeping, and using the toilet, in a prison cell with my right foot tied to a bed with a heavy metal chain.  The chain was less than a meter long, so I did not have any room to move around.”
  • “During my 8 months in jail, I lost 40kg of weight, and caught several illnesses, including high blood pressure.  I thought I would die in the prison.”
  • “I was taken from the prison to a political re-education center on 4 November 2017, and was given political education for 20 days before being let go to Kazakhstan.”

Recently, Abdurahman Hasan, an Uyghur businessman from Kashgar who is currently living in Turkey, appealed to the Chinese government by saying “China: Execute my mother and my wife instead!  I will pay for the bullets”, after learning about the inhuman tortures to which his mother and his wife are being subjected in two different concentration camps in East Turkestan (http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/).  He was interviewed by the Uyghur language service of RFA in this regard.

As we described above, Chen Quanguo and his regime have put at least 10% of the Uyghur population of East Turkestan in jails and concentration camps. At the same time, the regime is torturing those Uyghurs in such inhuman ways that they end up either dying in jails or concentration camps, dying shortly after being released, or becoming permanently disabled, physically and/or mentally.  We, the Torchlight Uyghur Group, believe what Chen Quanguo and his regime are doing to the Uyghur people are considered as crimes against humanity. We appeal to the United Nations, foreign governments and other international human rights and humanitarian organizations to demand Chen Quanguo to immediately stop committing such crimes against the Uyghur people in East Turkestan.

We, the Uyghurs, are powerless and helpless at the moment.  As such, we are unable to defend ourselves against the Chinese government’s atrocities and cannot fight this battle for our survival alone.  We need the support of the global community.  If tens of thousands of people from around the world sign our petition, it may be possible that the United Nations will make a commitment and will act to stop the tragedy that the Uyghur people are facing today.

Please join us in our fight to end the appalling atrocities happening in East Turkestan. Please sign and share this petition. Thank you!

You can find more information from the following sites:

https://www.facebook.com/torchuyghur/

https://twitter.com/torch_uyghur

http://blog.freedomsherald.org

http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/

 

Topics in Southern Mongolian Human Rights March 2014

The Demise of Florida Splendid China part 20

With the news that Falun Gong practitioners are demonstrating against organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience and members of religious and ethnic minority groups, and that western governments are starting to officially condemn the practice, Falun Gong did have a place in the Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda coalition.

One local Falun Gong practitioner was visiting the dinner show and while waiting outside, he performed some exercises and the Splendid China staff immediately confronted him and said that he would have to leave if he didn’t stop. Another two American Falun Gong practitioners that had gone to Beijing for a Tiananmen Square protest had been treated brutally and now that they were back in the US, they decided join forces to let them know how we roll here in the US.

On one lazy summer afternoon, three Falun Gong practitioners with a videographer entered the park and performed their exercises in front of the Forbidden City exhibit in the area that would today be Tiananmen Square. Not just for a couple of seconds, but for several minutes. The two men who were brutalized by Chinese authorities each made a statement there as well. And then the exercises were performed in the public area of the theme park. Video is shaky and presented below:

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 19

In May 1999, Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda held a conference in Orlando, Florida called, “Exposing Communist Chinese Government Influence in America.”
We had a great turn-out and listened to some speeches by informed individuals. The first panel, Exposing Communist Chinese Influence in America Panel Discussion included journalist Ken Timmerman.
The second panel, Exposing Chinese Government Propaganda Panel Discussion, featured talks by Erkin Alptekin, Bhuchung Tsering, Bache, and Sebo Koh, representing Eastern Turkestan, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and Taiwan respectively.
The third panel, Panel Discussion on Florida Splendid China propaganda theme park exhibits, was conducted by Bhuchung Tsering on the Potala Palace exhibit at Florida Splendid China. Oyunbilig spoke about the so-called Mausoleum of Genghis Khan and the Mongolian Yurt exhibits. Gulamettin Pahta spoke about the Tomb of Apak Hoja exhibit.
Their talks are linked above.

Left to right, Jack Churchward, Bache, Erkin Alptekin, Bhuchung Tsering, Sebo Koh

Left to right, Jack Churchward, Bache, Erkin Alptekin, Bhuchung Tsering, Sebo Koh

One of our guests, U.S. Representative Bill McCollum wrote a letter expressing his regrets that he could not be with us and stated:

The agenda for your discussion on China is timely and should prove lively.

The next day we had a Movement and Skills building session, followed by an impromptu demonstration at Florida Splendid China.

Demonstration following the Exposing Communist Chinese Government Influence in America Conference

Demonstration following the Exposing Communist Chinese Government Influence in America Conference

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 17

The commemoration of the 47th anniversary of the takeover of Eastern Turkestan was held at the main gate of Florida Splendid China on October 13, 1996.
The night before we had already found a bus with diplomatic plates, but we confined our demonstration to publicly available areas the next day.

As had happened sometimes before, Splendid China security called the Osceola Sheriff’s department on us. After a few visits, they did recognize our right to be on public sidewalks and to hold signs, banners and shout slogans; although they did swing back through the area from time to time to see if we were still there.

At the Main gate during the discussions with the Osceola Sheriff's Office

At the Main gate during the discussions with the Osceola Sheriff’s Office

The watchful Sheriffs (and two FSC security vehicles) across the street from the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China during 10/13/96 demonstration.

The watchful Sheriffs (and two FSC security vehicles) across the street from the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China during 10/13/96 demonstration.

Protesters at the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China during 10/13/96 demonstration.

Protesters at the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China during 10/13/96 demonstration.

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 16

The Grand Opening of Florida Splendid China was held on December 18, 1993 – twenty years ago today.
Some of the people that were invited:
Americans
Richard Nixon (former President of the United States)
Alexander Haig (former Secretary of State)
plus Congressmen, Senators, local mayors and other dignitaries
(none of whom were mentioned as attending in media accounts)

Chinese
Qian Qi-shen (Vice Premier of State Council – Foreign Minister of People’s Republic of China)
Liao Hui (Director, Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council)
Li Dao-yu (PRC Ambassador to the United States)

To show that the Chinese government was behind the theme park at the Grand Opening, flyers were handed out showing Chinese Communist Party leaders that visited the version of the theme park in Shenzhen, China. The image below shows Jiang Zemin, at one time the General Secretary of Chinese Communist Party Central Committee.

Mr. Jiang Zemin, (first from left) General Secretary of CPC Central Committee, having an inspection tour in "Splendid China" On the right: With much attention and great concern of the leaders of our Party and state and the departments concerned, a number of heads of state in the world and noted personages in various circles and organizations have come to visit "Splendid China" Miniature Scenic Spot and China Folk Cultural Villages one after another. Mr. Deng Xiaoping has visited "Splendid China" and China Cultures Villages. The leaders of the Party and state having an inspection tour in "Splendid China" and China Cultures Villages, early or late, are as follows: Jiang Zemin, Yang Shankun, Li Peng, Wan Li, Qiao Shi, Song Ping, Li Ruihuan, Wang Zhen, Tian Jiyun, Li Ximing, Wu Xueqian, Qin Jiwei, Ding Guangen, Zou Jiahua, Bo Yibo, Xi Zhonxun, Ji Pengfei, Wu Xiuquan, Liu Lantao, Zhang Aiping, Liu Hiaqing, Peng Chong, Ngapoi Ngawang Jigmi, Seypidin, Ye Fei, Ni Zhifu, Chen Muhua, Sun Qimeng, Lei Jieqiong, Wang Hanbin, Song Jian, Wang Bingqian, Chen Junsheng, Liu Fuzhi, Hong Xuezhi, Gu Mu, Wang Guangying, Zhao Puchu, Qian Weichang, Chen Siyuan, Lu Jiaxi, Ismail Amat, Ding Guanxun, Ye Xuanping, etc.

Mr. Jiang Zemin, (first from left) General Secretary of CPC Central Committee, having an inspection tour in “Splendid China”
On the right:
With much attention and great concern of the leaders of our Party and state and the departments concerned, a number of heads of state in the world and noted personages in various circles and organizations have come to visit “Splendid China” Miniature Scenic Spot and China Folk Cultural Villages one after another.
Mr. Deng Xiaoping has visited “Splendid China” and China Cultures Villages.
The leaders of the Party and state having an inspection tour in “Splendid China” and China Cultures Villages, early or late, are as follows: Jiang Zemin, Yang Shankun, Li Peng, Wan Li, Qiao Shi, Song Ping, Li Ruihuan, Wang Zhen, Tian Jiyun, Li Ximing, Wu Xueqian, Qin Jiwei, Ding Guangen, Zou Jiahua, Bo Yibo, Xi Zhonxun, Ji Pengfei, Wu Xiuquan, Liu Lantao, Zhang Aiping, Liu Hiaqing, Peng Chong, Ngapoi Ngawang Jigmi, Seypidin, Ye Fei, Ni Zhifu, Chen Muhua, Sun Qimeng, Lei Jieqiong, Wang Hanbin, Song Jian, Wang Bingqian, Chen Junsheng, Liu Fuzhi, Hong Xuezhi, Gu Mu, Wang Guangying, Zhao Puchu, Qian Weichang, Chen Siyuan, Lu Jiaxi, Ismail Amat, Ding Guanxun, Ye Xuanping, etc.

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 15

One of the tricks used against the opposition to the park was to lie and state that the Chinese government really did not own the theme park or have anything to do with the operations there.

One member of Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda went to Hong Kong before the takeover and obtained a prospectus of the parent company of Florida Splendid China. Quoting from page 15:

Emblem of the State Council of the People's Republic of China

Emblem of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China

Ownership and Control Structure
On 9 July 1996, the authorised and issued share capital of the Issuer was increased from HK$100 million to HK$700 million. The issued share capital of the Issuer is held by six of its directors and one deputy general manager* on trust for China Travel Service Head Office of the PRC, which is owned by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (“OCAO”) of the State Council of the PRC.
OCAO is one of the working organisations of the State Council of the PRC, responsible for the liaison and promotion of overseas Chinese affairs. Both the Issuer and the China Travel Service Head Office of the PRC are directly accountable to the OCAO. The appointment of senior management of the Issuer needs to be approved by OCAO. The current General Manager of the Issuer is Mr. Zhu Yue Ning. He was the Deputy Mayor of Shenzhen from 1986 to 1994, responsible for development in industry, communication and technology, and has extensive experience in corporate management and economic development.
The directors and senior management of the Issuer are responsible for day-to-day management and determine policies and strategies. OCAO directly oversees and influences overall policy and strategy of the CTS group.

The State Council of the People’s Republic of China, as described on their website:

is the highest executive organ of State power, as well as the highest organ of State administration.

Seriously, how can anyone say that the theme park was not linked to the Chinese Communist Party controlled People’s Republic of China government?

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Crackdown in Eastern Turkestan (Xinjiang)

Recent photos from occupied Eastern Turkestan (aka Xinjiang) show the magnitude of the Chinese government’s suppression of freedom and justice for the indigenous people.
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More photos are available here and here.

Call or write your Congressional representatives to call for justice for the people of Eastern Turkestan.

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Chinese Communist Propaganda in My Backyard – Again

I have had a bit of experience with the struggle against Chinese Communist Propaganda.

Imagine a theme park where school children of all ages are exposed to what’s left of the non-Chinese people’s cultural icons. In a place called “Florida Splendid China,” our school children were taught the once free peoples that were ‘liberated’ by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were now Chinese and happy about it. The cultural relics of their societies (such as monasteries, mosques, and even nomadic memorials) had been taken over and the original purpose/activities were banned and/or corrupted so as to destroy the link between the people and their centuries old non-Chinese culture. And then our children are taught the lies from the Chinese Communist Party controlled institution.

In a recent article entitled, “West’s universities reconsider China-funded Confucius Institutes,” it is painfully evident that the tide is turning against the so-called ‘Confucius Institutes’ that are funded and directed by the same Chinese Communist Party controlled government that brought us Florida Splendid China. In addition to classes on Chinese language, I also discovered that they teach classes, such as “Chinese Minority Cultures” and “China Today.” There are many of these Institutes of Chinese Communist Propaganda, including one at my alma mater, the University of South Florida.

The lessons learned from vanquishing a theme park will provide a basis to build a campaign.
Consider this a shot across the bow…

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The End of ‘Reform Through Labor’?

This posting represents some good news.
Laogaiju (Reform Through Labor system) was criticized in the People’s Daily.
Seriously.

The non-judicial / arbitrary system that fills connected companies with workers (aka slave labor) or gets dissidents off the internet and streets may be going away.

According to the Chinese Media Project in a posting entitled, “Labor re-education system under fire“:

Signaling that the laojiao issue is getting attention at senior levels in the Party leadership, the People’s Daily ran an editorial yesterday saying that the whole re-education through labor system was “now in the awkward position of being in violation of the law” thanks to legal advancements stipulating (as in China’s Legislation Law) that a citizen’s rights can only be curtailed by means of laws.

Laogaiju isn’t over yet, but at least they are talking about it.
Hopefully it is the beginning of a long, slippery slide that ends in freedom for the people under the control of the Chinese Communist Party.

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