22 countries signed an ‘unprecedented’ letter condemning China’s oppression of Muslims. But none of them come from the Islamic world.

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22 countries wrote a joint letter on Wednesday condemning Beijing’s oppression of the Uighurs, a Muslim minority living in western China.
China has installed an unparalleled 21st century police state in the Xinjiang region, where Uighurs are heavily surveilled and detained en masse.
None of the countries that signed the condemnation were from the Islamic world.
Islamic countries have increasingly shied away from criticizing China over Xinjiang, for reasons including the fear of China’s economic vengeance.
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22 countries have banded together to condemn China’s oppression of its Muslim minority, in what activists called an “unprecedented move.” But Muslim countries were conspicuously absent from the statement as the Islamic world continues to turn a blind eye.

In the Wednesday letter, written by UN Human Rights Council member states, the signatories called on China to “refrain from the arbitrary detention and restrictions on freedom of movement of Uighurs, and other Muslim and minority communities in Xinjiang.”

Those 22 signatories are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

The US did not sign the letter, having quit the Human Rights Council last year, calling it “hypocritical and self-serving.”

The Uighurs are a mostly-Muslim ethnic minority group living in Xinjiang, western China. Beijing claims the entire group is a threat to national security, and has detained up to 1.5 million of them in prison-like camps where people are reportedly physically and psychologically tortured.

Xinjiang residents are frequently arrested or detained for so-called “infractions” including communicating with people outside the region and exhibiting Muslim markers, like a beard or long skirts.

Read more: Relatives of China’s oppressed Muslim minority are getting blocked online by their own family members, who are terrified to even tell them how bad their lives are

Deafening silence from the Islamic world

Islamic countries have increasingly shied away from criticizing China for a variety of reasons, including the fear of China’s economic vengeance and of drawing attention to their own dubious human-rights records.

The powerful Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a 57-country consortium that calls itself “the collective voice of the Muslim world,” acknowledged “disturbing reports” of Beijing’s Muslim crackdown last December, but abruptly rowed back its comments this March.

The OIC even went as far as saying that it “commends the efforts of the People’s Republic of China in providing care to its Muslim citizens.”

Read more: A wave of Islamic countries started to stand up to China over its persecution of its Muslim minority. But then they all got spooked.

Powerful Islamic countries — such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, who both have lucrative trade deals with China — have also chosen to ignore Beijing’s human-rights record in Xinjiang.

The refusal of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to condemn China’s actions effectively “gave the green light” many other Islamic countries to “pay no attention to the issue,” Peter Irwin, program manager at the …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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