Plight of Chinese Muslims
As the world is watching the oppression of Muslims in China shamelessly, Trukey has taken the lead in censuring the Chinese government for its maltreatment of Muslims in Uighur province. Trukey has condemned the Chinese way of treating the Muslims and termed it as a “a great cause of shame for humanity”. Turkey asked the Chinese authority to close the “concentration camps” set up in the Muslim province.
In a statement on Saturday, Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said it was no longer a secret that China has arbitrarily detained more than a million Uighurs in concentration camps. “Turkic Muslim population faces pressure and systematic assimilation in western China. We invite Chinese authorities to respect fundamental human rights of the Uighur Turks and shut down concentration camps,” he said.
China’s Xinjiang region is home to around 10 million Uighurs. The Turkic Muslim group, which makes up around 45 percent of Xinjiang’s population, has long accused Chinese authorities of cultural, religious and economic discrimination.
Practising Islam is forbidden in some parts of China, with individuals caught praying, fasting, growing a beard or wearing a hijab, a headscarf worn by Muslim women, facing the threat of arrest.
China’s crackdown on the Uighurs has made headlines around the world.
Turkey has closer economic and diplomatic ties with China. But putting human concern supreme over the material advantages has added another feather in Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s cap as world Muslim leader.
Erdogan, some time back, accused China of “genocide”.
According to international media reports many a Muslims have eventually feld to Turkey to escape the Communist wrath.
Even outside the country, Uighur Muslims say their future is far from safe.
Uighurs say the Chinese embassy has stopped renewing their passports. Without official documents, they struggle to work and live in fear that they will be deported back to China.
China has strong economic and friendly relations with Muslim countries–Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in particular. However, these countries have maintained silence on the ill-treatment of Muslims by the Chinese government.