FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid
Phone: 312 804 1962
Thursday January 12, 2023
HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP DISMAYED AT IMAMS’ VISIT TO CHINA, FEARING IT IS BEING USED TO FURTHER PROPAGANDA ABOUT STATE OF UYGHURS
CHICAGO, IL – American Muslim human rights organization Justice For All expressed its dismay today at the continued propaganda of the Chinese government in the Muslim world to hide its documented genocide and crimes against the Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic groups. The concern this time relates to a visit by a group of Imams to East Turkestan, which the Chinese government refers to as Xinjiang.
According to Chinese media, more than 30 Islamic scholars from 14 countries visited the area, including those from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“China conducts these tours to hide the fact that more than a million Uyghurs are detained in the concentration camps and are being used for forced labor,” said Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, Justice For All’s president. “Those not in the concentration camps do not have freedom to practice Islam or learn about their faith. They are denied freedom to travel and a free life.”
Since 2017, the Chinese government has ramped up its campaign of genocide against the Uyghurs and other Turkic people in East Turkestan. Documented cases of the government’s concentration camps, widespread use of torture, rape, abuse, and forced sterilization of women are accompanied by an overall goal of wiping out Uyghur culture via demolitions of mosques and Muslim cemeteries, banning the Uyghur language, and punishing any expression of Islamic religious faith.
“We invite these imams to disclose to the Muslim community if they were allowed to visit any concentration camps of Uyghurs. Were they able to freely visit a mosque and meet Uyghurs without being escorted by the Chinese agents?” asked Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, president of Justice For All, which has been running the “Save Uyghur” campaign to raise awareness.
Imam Mujahid is respectfully asking these imams to meet with Uyghur Muslims outside of China who are free to tell the story of their loved ones. He also asked these Imams to consider a statement issued by 300 major Imams and Islamic scholars in the United States asking Muslims to show solidarity with Uyghur Muslims.
“We call upon all people to stand in solidarity with the Uyghur people,” Imam Mujahid said.