Dolkun Isa

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Dolkun Isa
Nationality German
Ethnicity Uyghur
Occupation Uyghur activism

Dolkun Isa is a noted Uyghur activist from the region of Xinjiang of northwestern China, also known as East Turkestan. He has spoken on behalf of the rights of the largely Islamic minority which makes up the majority population in that region. The government's of China as well as the current KMT administration in Taiwan have linked his activities to terrorism. He is currently World Uyghur Congress secretary.

Flee China[edit]

After enduring persecution from the Chinese government, Isa fled China in 1997 and sought asylum in Europe, and became a citizen of Germany in 2006.[1][2]

East Turkestan Independence Movement[edit]

China's government claims Isa is the vice chairman of the East Turkestan Liberation Organization, however, this is denied by Isa. This claim by China has led to China's issuance of a red notice to Interpol, but this has not been acted on by Germany or any other country in the West where he has since travelled.[3] He has been on a Chinese list of wanted terrorists since 2003.[4] Contrary to China's claims, Isa has condemned all terrorist activities.[5]

Olympic Boycott[edit]

Isa called for a boycott of the 2008 Summer Olympics which were held in Beijing due to the cultural genocide that was being conducted against the people of East Turkestan and Tibet.[6]

Taiwan Controversy[edit]

Isa was admitted to Taiwan in 2006 to attend the meeting of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, a movement co-founded by Taiwan in 1991, during the administration of pro-localization president Chen Shui-bian. There were reports in Taiwan's media in July 2009 that Isa had secretly entered the country in the lead-up to the World Games which were hosted in the southern city of Kaohsiung. This prompted the National Immigration Agency of the current China-friendly KMT government to issue a ban on his travel to Taiwan.[7] Rebiya Kadeer was denied a visa to visit Taiwan later in 2009, a move linked to Isa's alleged connections with terrorists. Premier Wu Den-yih noted that if Isa steps down from his position in the World Uyghur Congress or if Kadeer steps down from her position, the ban would be lifted.[8]

South Korea entry denial[edit]

Isa was denied entry into the Republic of Korea and was detained in September, 2009 while preparing to attend the World Forum for Democratization in Asia.[9][10] The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization condemned the detention and warned the Korean government in a letter that China's accusations are groundless and that extradition would certainly result in summary trial and execution at the hands of China's authorities.[11] After being held for two days, Isa was released without being admitted to the country, a move that was condemned by Amnesty International.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "East Turkestan: Dolkun Isa Detained in South Korea". www.unpo.org. Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Dolkun Isa, Secretary General of World Uighur Congress denied entry to South Korea". www.apyouth.net. Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Why did the NIA bar Dolkun Isa?". www.uyghurcongress.org. Retrieved 2 October 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "South Korean detention of Uyghur activist Dolkun Isa raises concern over Chinese influence on peaceful Uyghur activities". www.cascfen.net. Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "STATEMENT OF MR: DOLKUN ISA". www.uyghurcongress.org. Retrieved 2 October 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Chinese Uighur exile urges Olympic boycott over 'genocide'". afp.google.com. Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Why did the NIA bar Dolkun Isa?". www.uyghurcongress.org. Retrieved 2 October 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Wu explains Kadeer 'ban'". www.taipeitimes.com. Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "Response to Dolkun Isa's Arrest in South Korea". www.uhrp.org. Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  10. ^ "South Korea holding Uighur activist at airport". wtop.com. Retrieved 2 October 2007. 
  11. ^ "Dolkun Isa: UNPO Issues Letter to MEPs". www.unpo.org. Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  12. ^ "South Korea: Dolkun Isa release welcome but authorities should not have denied him entry". www.amnesty.org. Retrieved 2 October 2009.