Posted onApril 16, 2023|Comments Off on Kuzzat Altay: Growing Up In Communism
Chinese government has been accused of committing widespread human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minority groups in East Turkistan, including mass internment, forced labor, and cultural suppression for years. In this video, Kuzzat Altay talks about the difficulties he experienced in East Turkistan, how the communist regime affected his life during his youth, and the pressures on him and his family. Kuzzat Altay also discusses the films that have had a profound impact on him, highlighting the pivotal role that their messages played in shaping his life.
Kuzzat Altay describes the difficult decision to leave his family and homeland behind in order to escape the oppression of the Chinese government. He explains how his family was targeted by the authorities. Kuzzat himself was also subjected to surveillance and harassment by the authorities, leading him to fear for his safety and that of his family.
Throughout the video, Kuzzat highlights the challenges he faced while leaving the country. He also depicts his journey to Istanbul and what he felt when his plane touched down to Turkey.
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For the past two decades, I have lived with a heavy burden: My human rights advocacy has come at the cost of my family. My parents have been unable to see their American children and meet their grandchildren. I could not participate in my father’s funeral after he passed away in April last year.
China has sanctioned me due to my role in the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which has been vocal in its critiques of the Chinese government and recommendations to hold them accountable for violations of religious freedom and atrocity crimes. In particular, my work on Uyghur human rights for the past two decades has resulted in retaliation against my family members back in China.
My late father remarked a few years ago that he wished he had passed away already so he could have left this world with good memories. It pains me beyond words that I could not be there to carry my father’s casket in the end and to hold my mother to mourn together. Upon receiving the news of my father’s passing, I still carried on with my trip on behalf of the U.S. government agency. But I will feel forever deprived of what should be a fundamental thing in the free world: to attend a loved one’s funeral and say final goodbyes.
My experience is commonplace in the Uyghur diaspora.
A year after losing my father, I am still struggling to reunite with my mother and introduce her to my children. The Chinese officials’ refusal to let my mother go shows they are waiting for her to die as my father did, which would allow them to close the case without being pressed to account for their actions.
I have not seen my mother since 2004. This Chinese brutality is beyond the pale. My mother lost the life she knew and her husband of 53 years. She deserves to spend whatever time she has left in this world surrounded by her American children and grandchildren.
Campaign for Uyghurs (CFU) strongly condemns French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to China, where he not only failed to address the ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs and other Turkic people in East Turkistan but also made irresponsible comments legitimizing Xi and the CCP’s genocide and slavery. CFU is deeply disappointed that Macron prioritized economic interests over human rights by staying silent on the ongoing atrocities being committed against the Uyghurs.
Macron’s visit to China is not only deeply concerning for the Uyghur community but also to all the democratic countries. Macron’s failure to speak out against the atrocities being committed against the Uyghurs sends a dangerous message to the Chinese government that their actions are permitted by the EU.
The Uyghurs have been subjected to a brutal campaign of repression and genocide since 2017, which includes mass detentions, forced labor, forced sterilization, and other forms of systematic abuse and torture. Macron’s visit without addressing these human rights violations undermines efforts to hold the Chinese government accountable and to demand justice for the Uyghur people.
Executive Director Rushan Abbas said “It’s extremely disappointing to see President Macron turning a blind eye to the atrocities happening in East Turkistan during his visit to China. By not speaking out against the ongoing genocide of the Uyghurs, he has missed a crucial opportunity to demand justice and put an end to China’s reprehensible campaign of repression and abuse. This is not just a political issue, but a matter of basic human rights and dignity. The fact that our voices are still being ignored only reinforces our determination to fight for freedom and hold the Chinese government accountable for their heinous crimes. We will not rest until justice is served, and the Uyghur people are free from oppression and persecution.”
CFU calls on President Macron to speak out against the ongoing atrocities being committed against the Uyghurs and to use his platform to demand justice for the Uyghurs and to hold the Chinese government accountable for its actions. CFU remains committed to standing with the Uyghur people and advocating for their rights and freedoms. We will continue to raise awareness of the ongoing genocide in East Turkistan and work towards ending it.
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