Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) Europe Representative, Hassan Aydinli and Merry FitzGerald, of Europe-Iraqi Turkmens Friendship Association received an invitation from Mr Dolkun Isa, the General Secreatry of the World Uyghur Congress in Europe, to attend the two-day conference entitled ‘Dialogue with China – Implementation of the Chinese Constitution to safeguard and protect the Rights of the Uyghur People’ at the European Parliament in Brussels.
China’s Uyghurs and Iraq’s Turkmens share the same plight, they have both been suffering from an assimilation policy, from discrimination and from ethnic cleansing in their respective countries for several decades.
Uyghurs are considered as a minority by the totalitarian Chinese regime since more than 60 years (since the occupation of East Turkestan by the Chinese invasion and occupation forces in 1949).
Iraqi Turkmens are considered as a minority by the nationalistic Arab regimes that ruled the country during 85 years (from the end of the First World War in 1918 up to the regime change in Iraq by the US and the UK invasion and occupation forces on 9th April 2003) and by the hegemonic Kurdish regime which rules the north of Iraq since more than 7 years (since April 2003).
The Iraqi Turkmens’ representative in the EU participated in the conference to show the Turkmens’ support and solidarity with their Uyghur brothers in their struggle to stop the systematic violations of their human rights by the Chinese authorities and in their non-violent struggle for democratic freedoms.
Mr. Niccolo Rinaldi MEP and Mr. Ivo Vajgl MEP convened this two-day conference at the European Parliament in Brussels on 29-30 April 2010 in collaboration with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) entitled ‘Dialogue with China – Implementation of the Chinese Constitution to safeguard and protect the Rights of the Uyghur People’.
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