India Cancels Visa for Dolkun Isa
Uyghur leader claims India gave no reason for cancelling his visa
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.