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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