By: Lee Hsin-Yin)
Taipei, March 12 (CNA) Human rights activists from Uyghur and Tibet on Tuesday urged
the Taiwanese government to engage more in public conversation about their struggle and offer tangible programs to support their democratic efforts.
Taiwan’s experience in building a democratic society has become a model for activists in China, and it should capitalize on that to encourage more discussions about minorities that are also threatened by China, the activists told CNA.
“The political threats that Uyghurs and the Taiwanese people are facing are similar, (though) different in nature,” said Nury Turkel, chairman of the Uyghur Human Rights Project. “We are facing an existential threat, but you are facing a territorial threat.”
Turkel, who was attending a regional forum in Taipei on religious freedom, said he hoped the Taiwanese government would invest more time and energy into learning from Uyghur’s struggle and would become more aware of China’s conspiracy to control Taiwan. [FULL STORY]