In­dia Can­cels Visa for Dolkun Isa

Uyghur leader claims In­dia gave no rea­son for can­celling his visa

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Days af­ter giv­ing per­mis­sion to Dolkun Isa, chair­man of the­ex­ec­u­tivecom­mit­teeof theWorld Uyghur Congress (WUC), to at­tend a con­fer­ence of Chi­nese dis­si­dents in Dharam­sala, In­dia has can­celled his visa amid the hype sur­round­ing his maiden trip to the country. How­ever, IIshat Has­san, the chief of the Uyghur Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion, is ex­pected to at­tend the meet.

Isa, whose grant of In­dian visa had an­gered China, told ET from Ber­lin on Mon­day that his visa was can­celled through a short email last Fri­day evening. Isa claimed that no rea­son was given by In­dian au­thori- ties for can­celling his visa. A home min­istry spokesper­son con­firmed that his visa was can­celled. The Uyghur leader was is­sued a tourist visa and would not have been able to at­tend the con­fer­ence un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances. The Chi­nese for­eign min­istry had re­acted sharply as Isa has been branded a ter­ror­ist by it.

Isahint­edthathis­col­leagueHas­san will travel to In­dia this week for the con­fer­ence from April 28 to May 1 in Hi­machal Pradesh where the Ti­betan govern­ment-in-ex­ile is based. The con­fer­ence t i t l ed ‘Strength­en­ing Our Al­liance to Ad­vance the Peo­ples’ Dream: Free­dom, Jus­tice, Equal­ity and Peace’ is the ini­tia­tive of Ci­ti­zen Power for China, a US-based or­gan­i­sa­tion­led­byex­iledChi­nesedis­si­dent Yang Jianli. The con­fer­ence will bring to­gether 100 hu­man rights ac­tivists and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Uyghurs, Ti­betans, Mon­go­lians, Falun Gong prac­ti­tion­ers and Tai­wanese, ac­cord­ing to Isa. The Uyghurs and Ti­betans have been po­lit­i­cally, eco­nom­i­cally and cul­tur­ally per­se­cuted by the Chi­nese gov­ern- ment and In­dia as the world’s big­gest democ­racy and a neigh­bor of China must give Bei­jing lessons in democ­racy sug­gested Isa. Talk­ing to ET over phone from Ber­lin Isa al­leged that both Uyghurs and Ti­betans are vic­tims of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions for decades. “Our eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural rights have been muz­zled by Bei­jing…ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings and dis­ap­pear­ances are ram­pant in our re­gions,” Isa said.

Isa claimed that WUC was a non-vi­o­lent po­lit­i­cal group fight­ing for the right­sand­free­do­mof Uyghur­re­gion from Bei­jing. “We are not a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tio­nand­not­sup­port­in­gany ter­ror­ist­group,”claimedI­sawhofled from China in 1997 and has been a Ger­man ci­ti­zen since 2006.

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