On September 9, the Uyghur community in Japan lit a bonfire to commemorate the publication of the book “My Uyghur Youth” by Mahmut, a well-known Uyghur activist who has long engaged in political activities in Japan.
Language is a God-given gift to every nation, which we often take for granted. In the west, a person can exercise freedom of speech without the fear of being detained for one’s words.
Uyghurs, a Turkic people living in Uyghuristan (East Turkistan), are not enjoying these rights. It is practically forbidden for them to use their mother tongue publically or display Uyghur language signs in their occupied homeland.