Nury Turkel to ‘name China out’ for atrocities towards Uyghurs, others — Radio Free Asia


Uyghur-American lawyer Nury Turkel was unanimously elected chair of the U.S. Fee on Worldwide Non secular Freedom (USCIRF), a bipartisan and unbiased federal authorities physique. In an extended profession in advocacy, Turkel, who additionally serves as chairman of the board for the Uyghur Human Rights Venture in Washington, he has performed a significant position in elevating world consciousness of the plight of the 12 million Uyghurs within the Chinese language-controlled Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Area (XUAR). China’s focusing on of Uyghurs in XUAR in a crackdown on the minority group and its language, faith, and tradition that intensified in 2017, has been declared a genocide by the USA and different western governments. The 50-year-old Turkel, who was born in Kashgar in a detention camp throughout China’s Cultural Revolution and in 2020 grew to become the primary Uyghur-American appointed to the USCIRF, was welcomed as “an amazing asset to each USCIRF and the mission of defending non secular freedom,” in a press release by Marketing campaign for Uyghurs Govt Director Rushan Abbas.  He spoke with RFA Uyghur Director Alim Seytoff about his objectives as 2022-23 USCIRF chair.

RFA: As a Uyghur American who’s elected because the USCIRF Chair, what does this place imply to you?

Turkel: It’s merely humbling to be elected by my fellow commissioners to steer the US authorities company.  However, however, I really feel extremely proud and privileged to be a citizen of this excellent nation that has given me so much– freedom and now a management position that’s each substantive and symbolic.  It is among the nice American tales for somebody with my background—an immigrant and oblique sufferer of the Uyghur genocide. 

RFA: What are USCIRF plans to handle China’s destruction of Uyghur Islam and genocide towards Uyghurs?

Turkel: As a part of our legislative mandate, we are going to proceed to observe China’s atrocities towards the Uyghurs and different weak ethnic and spiritual teams, ensuring that our authorities continues to name China out for the continued Uyghur genocide and advocate for a robust coverage response to cease the atrocities dedicated towards the Uyghurs and others in communist China. 

RFA: Will the USCIRF work with its counterparts in different democracies to handle the Uyghur Genocide?

Turkel:  USCIRF has advocated for multilateral and bilateral responses to the Uyghur disaster in gentle of its complicated and world nature. Consequently, the U.S. has led the efforts to lift consciousness and press China to finish persecution, shut down the camps, and finish the enslavement of the Uyghurs. 

RFA: Will the USCIRF attain out to the Muslim international locations and ask them to lift China’s genocide towards Uyghur Muslims?

Turkel: We’ve [worked with] our State Division counterparts to have interaction with Muslim majority international locations to talk out towards China’s atrocities and be a part of the US-led efforts to finish the Uyghur genocide.


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