an international serial demonstration
My name is Halmurat Uyghur, an Uyghur based in Finland. My mother and father are detained in an internment camp in Turpan. They are two of millions of Uyghurs, who are suffering in China’s internment camps in the Uyghur region. I started a campaign for my parents and millions of other innocent detainees of internment camps.
19.9.2018 We held a demonstration at Snatentori square in Helsinki at 2 p.m for starting “Freedom Tour” demonstration. “Freedom Tour” serial demonstration is organized by multinational human rights group from different countries across Europe. Which starts from Helsinki, will continue in Stockholm, Oslo, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, and the final destination is Brussels. Main purpose of the demonstration is to create and promote awareness of the atrocious situation in the Uyghur region.
Chinese government carried of so-called re-education programs in the region, Uyghurs called homeland. The Chinese government has been so brutal, especially last two years, according to various reports by human rights organization and international media like human rights watch, wall street journals and the new york post, they detained upward 3 million, or more innocent people in so-called re-education centers, in fact, internment camps.
China’s so called re-education camps are facilities more akin to concentration camps that are currently housing upwards of three million Uyghurs and Kazakhs in the Uyghur region. While the oppression towards the ethnic Uyghurs has been ongoing for nearly 70 years, this recent development is part of the Chinese regime’s “assimilation project” whereby the state seeks to erase Uyghur culture, language, and history. This project seeks to eradicate the very memories that form the core of my identity, those that remind me of the warmth of my mother’s lap and that enforce in me the values of family and compassion.
The Chinese government has subjected about 11 million Uyghurs to endless fear and family separation. Every citizen in the Uyghur region knows at least one person who has lost a loved one and lives under the surveillance of cameras within homes and “house sittings” by government officials. Although it is difficult to reach precise numbers, Human Rights Watch report that “mass surveillance has increased across the region” in recent years and estimates that “tens of thousands of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities have been sent to ‘political education centers’” since April 2016. Individuals are arbitrarily detained for ridiculous and often unverifiable reasons like traveling, having relatives overseas, receiving calls from abroad, visiting foreign websites, having beards, partaking in normal religious practices, and expressing any opinions related to the government.
The important point to keep in mind is that the stories of my parents are just two of so many people that I know. 11 million people– more than double the population of Finland where I currently reside– can tell story after story of the atrocities and injustices of the Chinese government. The world is watching as an emerging superpower sustains a state in conditions worse than what we had previously thought to be fictional.
Freedom Tour serial demonstration calling for everyone to act, stand up and join our campaign. The Chinese government uses the Uyghur region as testing grand for surveillance society, it will export it to other parts of China, and abroad. We need to stop this totalitarian brutality from it is very beginning. Stand up for us is standing up for your future, the future of the human race. We are calling for the immediate release of detainees, calling for pressure from international governments for the immediate closure of the internment camps.
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