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Al Jazeera English – Asia-Pacific – Muslim states ‘silent’ on Uighurs

Posted in Uncategorized by T.Salami on July 9, 2009

Wanted in China, protected in the United States: Rebiya Kadeer speaks:

A leading Uighur rights activist has criticised Muslim-majority countries for not speaking out against decades of alleged repression and persecution from the Chinese government.

Speaking in Washington on Monday, Rebiya Kadeer, a businesswoman who was jailed for years in China before being released into exile in the US, hit out at what she said was decades of “brutal suppression” of Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region.

Speaking after a day of unrest in Xinjiang left at least 150 people dead, Kadeer pointed to the lack of response from Muslim countries to the violence and the situation faced by the Uighurs.

“Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and a number of other Muslim countries as well as the central Asian states like Kazakhstan Kurdistan and Uzbekistan – they all deported Uighurs who had fled Chinese persecution for peacefully opposing Chinese rule, for writing something, for speaking something,” she said.

“Those sent back to China were either killed or sentenced to life in jail.”

She said the lack of action from Muslim countries contrasted with support given by other governments.

“Our only friend is in the West – Western democracies are supporting us and we are very grateful,” Kadeeer, who heads the World Uighur Congress, told reporters.

“We certainly hope that more Muslim countries will raise our situation.”

…China’s government has blamed Uighur exiles for stoking the recent unrest, singling out Kadeer for “masterminding” the riots – claims she rejected as “completely false”.

While she admitted that some Uighurs had been carried out attacks during Sunday’s unrest, she said the violence was a symptom of Uighur frustration and resentment at China’s repressive policies.
via Al Jazeera English – Asia-Pacific – Muslim states ‘silent’ on Uighurs .

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