Posts tagged with "Aziz Isa Elkun"

China’s Uyghur Genocide and its historical perspective


Aziz Isa Elkun

Research Affiliate at SOAS, University of London
aziz.isaa@gmail.com | www.azizisa.org/en

Since 2014, the Chinese government has started building a massive network of internment camps or “modern high-tech surveillance prisons” across the Uyghur Autonomous Region, and media reported that some of the camps could host up to 10 thousand detainees.1 According to various estimated sources, up to three million Uyghurs and other Turkic people of Chinese citizens were kept illegally in these camps, which was claimed by Chinese authority as “Vocational Education Training Centres” with Chinese characteristics. The existence of such internment camps was first revealed by the Western academics, media, and Human Rights organizations in early spring 2017.

There is no dispute about the urgency of the “Uyghur crisis” today in China. It’s arguably one of the most severe crimes that a country has been openly committing a kind of slow-motion “genocide” against a specific ethnicity on a massive scale since the Second World War.

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The heart














Let’s cease the blame saying life has no meaning
One day the loneliness will have reached its’ peak
If we could not find a solution for our desire
We can be still quietly able to shed our tears.

Let’s cry, may our tears look beautiful
If it falls calmly for love
Regardless if we always search for our bad luck
It’s a luck when every night turns into a dream.

Let’s not seek the beauties from the rose
The trace of blood is beautiful, that left on the thorn
When we remember the blood-pumping heart
Its’ struggle like the melody of a beautiful song.

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A Poem For My Father Who Stayed In His Grave Only 623 Days

Aziz Isa Elkun
Research affiliate, SOAS, University of London

The Chinese government said this was done in order to modernize us, but their true aim was to destroy Uyghur ethnic, cultural and religious identities. I felt as if my father’s body had been brutally torn out of its resting place in our ancestors’ land.

Over the past century, countries have used the tool of nationalism to pursue their own interests. Nationalism is about people, land and the relationship between them. Nationalist propaganda creates a special relationship between a unique people and a particular territory.

The Uyghurs are one of the many peoples who have been left out of this tidy calculation. We are labelled as an “ethnic minority” that suits Chinese version of statehood. China’s policies aim to cut our ties to our land. Uyghur pilgrims are cut off from their places of worship; villages are uprooted from their fields, and families are torn apart. Islam and Uyghur culture are none separated identities of the Uyghurs, therefor they regard the burial place – gravy yard as a holy place that connects the sprits of the generation past and today. Plus, Uyghur graveyard is a symbol of belonging to each other in the Uyghur community that keep connects Uyghurs spiritually, culturally and politically.

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