Uyghur leader Dolkun Isa’s statement on India’s withdrawal of his visa

The Chinese government considers Isa a 'terrorist' and also used its influence to get a red notice issued against him by Interpol

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 25, 2016 11:17 am
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India has withdrawn the visa issued to Uyghur leader Dolkun Isa for attending a conference at Dharamsala scheduled later this month. The government had earlier issued a visa to Isa, inviting Chinese criticism. The Chinese government considers Isa a ‘terrorist’ and also used its influence to get a red notice issued against him by Interpol.

Earlier today, Isa released his statement on the controversy which reads as follows.

STATEMENT OF UYGHUR LEADER DOLKUN ISA

“As the Executive Committee Chairman of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), I express my disappointment on Indian authorities’ cancellation of my visa to attend the annual Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference taking place in Dharamsala, India, from April 30 to May 1, 2016. This conference remains a vital forum through which ethnic and religious communities in China related areas, as well as statesmen, scholars and activists are able to meet openly to discuss and exchange ideas, promote peaceful dialogue, and reinforce bonds between disparate communities.

India had granted me a tourist e-visa, but it was cancelled after my visit was widely reported in the Indian press. Following numerous reports, Indian authorities then proceeded to rescind the visa on April 23, 2016. I recognize and understand the difficult position that the Indian government found itself, and regrets that my trip has generated such unwarranted controversy.

This is not the first time that I have had faced difficulties in my international travels to advocates Uyghur rights. In September 2009, I was detained briefly and denied entry to South Korea while travelling to attend the World Forum for Democratization in Asia, to which I was an invited guest. China also has regularly attempted to block or interfere with my human rights work at the UN in Geneva, in particular.

I also reject any comparison or association to China’s recent veto by the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee of Pakistani militant leader, Mazood Azhar. Such an unjustifiable comparison seeks only to delegitimize my decades of impassioned work as a strictly non-violent campaigner for Uyghur rights. China’s clear abuse of Interpol’s Red Notice issuance is also concerning.

Historically speaking, the Uyghur community has maintained friendly ties with the Indian people. The Indian government hosted our late leader, Isa Yusuf Alptekin and Uyghur refugees after they fled China in 1949.

Finally, I would like to thank the Indian people for their determined solidarity and commitment to rights activists like myself who wish to continue to develop and support dialogue among peoples of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds. I remain disappointed with the final decision, but I am hopeful that positive steps may be taken to maintain India’s relationship with the Uyghur community.

I therefore wish the conference success and hope that meaningful dialogue will take place between those who have the privileged of participating the upcoming conference.”

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    Kashgar
    Apr 25, 2016 at 9:05 pm
    India is an independent country since many years and a neighbor of Uyghurstan, how come now not able to issue a visa to holder of German pport, is it really due to fearing of China ?
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    1. Atul Gurtu
      Apr 25, 2016 at 6:31 am
      How stupid can the Indian Govt get? It should have thought through the ramifications of granting this visa. That's what one umed; and one thought that finally our govt is standing up to China. Backing down gives the worst possible impression of the Indian Government: firstly being stupid for not having taken everything into account, and secondly, weak and amenable to bullying. And we pretend to be an aspiring super-power! Really shocking faux pas.
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        jagar
        Apr 25, 2016 at 7:28 am
        This makes India an unreliable friend to Baluch or other people asking for freedom.And flip-flop is still worse.Looks like experienced diplomats' advice is not heeded.
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          Nuevo
          Apr 25, 2016 at 6:05 pm
          When will Modi and the Modi government stop talking and grow some b@!!s instead?
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            Nityananda
            Apr 25, 2016 at 6:01 am
            In the light of this volte face, one can look back historically and marvel at the courage and determination of Jawaharlal Nehru in granting asylum to the Dalai Lama in 1959. The Modi Govt lt;br/gt;generally roars when making a noise but has it's tail between its legs when it comes to action.
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