On Morning Report today ‘High Court lawyer’ Sam Vincent called for Parliament to resolve to condemn alleged Uyghur genocide in Xinjiang. He said he spoke on behalf of Uyghur Solidarity Aotearoa committed to taking action on Xinjiang “or as they call it East Turkestan.” If they call it East Turkestan they are likely separatists, with possible links to terrorists. That explains a lot.
There is an East Turkistan Government-in-exile headquartered in the Capitol in Washington DC. They were lobbyists for the genocide designation, and will no doubt be in receipt of funding from the Strategic Competition Act. The Turkestan Independence movement formerly known as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement was designated as a terrorist organisation by the US under President George Bush and removed by Secretary of State Pompeo in 2020.
Vincent also referred to the Newlines Institute as a source for the genocide claim. This refers to a report “The Uyghur Genocide” which is frequently cited by those who argue the Uyghur case such as Paula Penfold in her recent lengthy piece “The disappeared.”
The Grayzone website described it thus:
US media hailed a Newlines Institute report accusing China of Uyghur genocide as a ‘landmark’ independent analysis. A look beneath the surface reveals it as a regime change propaganda troll by interventionist operatives at a sham university.
The report relies heavily on the work of Adrian Zenz, who was cited by Pompeo as the source of his original accusation. Grayzone has this to say about Zenz:
As The Grayzone has reported, Zenz is a far-right Christian fundamentalist who has said he is “led by God” against China’s government, deplores homosexuality and gender equality, and has taught exclusively in evangelical theological institutions. A careful review of Zenz’s research shows that his assertion of genocide is concocted through fraudulent statistical manipulation, cherry-picking of source material, and propagandistic misrepresentations. His widely-cited reports were not published in peer-reviewed journals overseen by academic institutions, but rather, by a DC-based CIA cut-out called the Jamestown Foundation and “The Journal of Political Risk,” a publication headed by former NATO and US national security state operatives.
Then there are the East Turkestan Islamic movement jihadis in Idlib province in Syria. This article “From Idlib to Xinjiang: Uyghur fighters trained for terror’ from 21st Century Wire provides the background and makes this comment:
We currently see Uyghurs living abroad in USA being interviewed on mainstream western media. They are adept at getting their message to Western audiences, who are sympathetic to the plight of the under-dog, and the ‘freedom fighter’ stance so dear to American revolutionary cultural mythos. This was followed by the proverbial ‘Uyghur wave’ which swept across the Western and Gulf media, with well-known mainstream commentators all chiming-in (at the same time) with words of solidarity for the Uyghurs in China, and not surprisingly, none of them mentioned the violent escapades of this Western and Gulf-backed terrorist army encamped in Idlib:
As always, context is everything and it is certainly lacking in what we are told. I am not surprised the Chinese authorities are concerned about these activities. Anyway read it for yourself and make up your own mind.