Uighur leader Ümit Hamit returned to Hungary after he was kicked out of the country on fabricated charges

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Uighur leader files a claim for damages against the Hungarian government for the humiliating treatment suffered in the hands of police on May 30 when he was expelled from the country on fabricated charges (It is widely suspected that the Hungarian government acted on Chinese request ed.). The Vice-President of the World Uyghur Congress announced the news at a press-conference held in the headquarters of the World Federation of Hungarians, in Budapest on Wednesday.

According to the Uighur leader, his organization suffered major financial losses and even greater moral damages due to the police action. World Uyghur Youth Congress delegates were shocked by the threatening attitude of the Hungarian police said Ümit Hamit.

The press-conference was held five days after the the Municipal Administration and Labour Court threw out all charges against the Ujgur leader and ruled that Ümit Hamit expulsion from Hungary was unlawful. The event was attended by the head of the World Federation of Hungarians Miklós Patrubány and MP and human rights activist dr. Tamás Gaudi-Nagy. Participants of the much anticipated press-conference applauded the Uighur leader when he entered in the conference room dressed in national costume.

At the beginning of the press-conference Miklós Patrubány asked Ümit Hamit in front of the public whether he has ever been charged with terrorism as the Hungarian Counter-Terrorism Agency accused the Ujgur leader with terrorism. Ümit Hamit said “he was not a terrorist, he is not a terrorist and he will never consider that option”.

Responding to a journalist's question Ümit Hamit said he has never been a subject of criminal proceedings in any country, not even in China. He moves freely throughout the world; he visited the United State eight times, Australia two times, in addition, he traveled to Japan and crisscrossed Europe several times.

Dr. Tamás Gaudi-Nagy remarked that it is unacceptable that the Counter-Terrorism Agency didn't disclose the nature of the charges against the Uighur leader, which violates not only Immigration and Nationality regulations, but the EU directives as well.

Ümit Hamit remarked that due to the Hungarian police action the World Uyghur Congress suffered financial and moral damages; the fact that the organization was accused with terrorism is unacceptable and completely unfounded, since the World Uyghur Congress is recognized worldwide as a fine human rights organization that held its annual general meeting on two occasions in the United States Congress, one time in Japan's Parliament, and once in the European Parliament.

The financial damage is also significant; 34 delegates arrived in Budapest from different parts of the world who were ejected from their hotel rooms and, after their leader was deported from the country they panicked and left the country by train, as a result, all their airline tickets were lost. They had to held the planned meeting in Germany and pay triple-prices for the location.

After this Miklós Patrubány, president of the World Federation of Hungarians announced that until the Hungarian Parliament follows the American, European and Japanese parliament's examples, the World Federation of Hungarians invites representatives of the brotherly Uyghur people to hold their annual meeting at the headquarters of the organization. The announcement was greeted with great applause.

Representatives of the brotherly Uyghur people were humiliated in Budapest, which is intolerable and unacceptable - said Miklós Patrubány; if the government can't prove the charges against Ümit Hamit then, the person who ordered the police action should be held accountable for his action.

Ümit Hamit then, talked about the Uighur people's love of Hungarians who are still cherish the brotherly relationship with Hungarians, Székelys and Csángós that they call "magyar", "szaka" and "csáng". Beyond what the folk memory preserved, Uighur national consciousness was significantly shaped the three-volume work on the history of Uyghurs and the Huns written by historian Turgut Almas who lived in Urumqi, the capital of Uyghuristan.

The book was a great sensation in the '80s and quickly spread among the population. Later, Chinese authorities banned the book and confiscated specimens, and the author has been placed under house arrest. Turgut Almas' big dream was to visit Hungary once in his lifetime, unfortunately, his dream has never come true as he passed away in the mid-'90s.

Responding to a journalist's question Ümit Hamit remarked that since the annexation of Uyghuristan by China in 1949 more than two million armed men including police, gendarmes, border guards and three and a half million armed civilians were deployed in Uyghuristan; in addition, millions of Chinese civilians were settled in the province; as a result, the twenty million indigenous Uighur population now, a minority in his homeland.

For Uighurs the only means remained as a protest to revolt unarmed and demonstrate that the Chinese government suppresses by force on a regular basis. Since 1955 there has been 460 unarmed uprising in Uyghuristan, with serious casualties. The World Uyghur Congress estimates that since 2008 more than 17 thousand Uighurs have been killed in these demonstrations. According to Ümit Hamit, Uighur demonstrators deliberately sacrifice their lives. "What can you do if your brother has been murdered, your sister raped, your mother is dead, your father languishing in jail, you language use and religion are banned, and you are hungry and thirsty?" asked the rhetorical question Ümit Hamit.

(World Federation of Hungarians news service – -


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