Tokyo: Members of the Uyghur community on Sunday demonstrated in Tokyo city of Japan to mark the 12th year anniversary of July 5, 2009 violence in Urumqi, Xinjiang.
Pro Uyghur organisation, World Uyghur Congress (WUC), is commemorating the “Urumchi Massacre.” According to the WUC, thousands of Uyghur protesters were killed, disappeared or injured, as the Chinese government cracked down on peaceful protests, ANI reported.
“For the past 12 years, on July 5th, Uyghurs around the world commemorate the victims that have succumbed at the hands of the Chinese government during the Urumchi Massacre”, WUC President Dolkun Isa was quote as saying by ANI.
”In the years that followed July 5th 2009, Uyghurs have seen all of their fundamental rights stripped apart, and today we’re facing a genocide," Isa said.
Who are Uyghur Muslims?
Uyghur Muslims are a Turkic minority ethnic group originating from and culturally affiliated with the general region of Central and East Asia. It is now widely publicized that their human rights are crushed by China and they were sent to "re-education camps" by the communist regime in Beijing.
The Uyghurs are recognized as native to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China.
An American representative at the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said in 2018 that the committee had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uyghurs in China have been held in "re-education camps" by the Chinese authorities.