Presentation of the book by Dolkun Isa “La trappola cinese”

Presentation of the book by Dolkun Isa “La trappola cinese”

Monday 13th February at 3pm in the Italian Senate a press conference will be held to present the book by Dolkun Isa “La Trappola Cinese”. The presentation is hosted by Senator Giulio Terzi in collaboration with the Global Committee for the Rule of Law – Marco Pannella.

In addition to the author, speakers include Sen. Giulio Terzi; Gianni Vernetti, former Undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Luigi Compagna, former Senator; Vas Shenoy, founder of Dialogue on Democracy; Matteo Angioli, Secretary general of the Global Committee for the Rule of Law – Marco Pannella.

Dolkun Isa, a German national since 2006, is President of the World Uyghur Congress, an organization whose main goal is to promote democracy, human rights and freedom for the Uyghur people through nonviolent and democratic means for the Uyghur ethnic minority of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, also known as East Turkestan, in the People’s Republic of China.

As Isa puts it, the book is based on his personal experiences and it is an effort to illuminate and bring awareness to the dangers of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The author shows how his life intertwines with the struggle for freedom and peace of the Uyghur population after decades of serious human rights violations.

In spite of the fact the Chinese Constitution provides for equal rights for all populations living in the territory Chinese, Uyghurs suffer severe restrictions on freedom of expression and movement, arrests, torture, deportations, enforced disappearances and arbitrary executions.

The situation has deteriorated dramatically after President Xi Jinping came to power in 2013. The CCP has tightened their discriminatory and assimilationist policies in Xinjiang ever since, thus leading the main international human rights organizations, ten national parliaments (USA, Canada, UK, Taiwan, France, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Belgium, Ireland plus the European Parliament) have adopted resolutions stating that the crimes and human rights violations being committed against the Uyghur population in Xinjiang constitute crimes against humanity and genocide.

Since 2016, in Xinjiang the CCP has built concentration centres presented as “re-education centers”, after a long denial, where millions of Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Turkish Muslims are confined.

Dolkun Isa emphasizes the instrumental use by Beijing of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and the Red Notice alert it issues to individuals wanted by a jurisdiction, by a national court or international, with a view to extradition.

In 1997 Isa was put in the Red Notice list only to be removed in 2018, thereby forcing him to live for 21 years under the constant threat of being extradited to China for political reasons.