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The Uighurs are a predominantly Muslim, Turkic ethnicity who live in China’s North-Western Xinjiang Province

Traditionally known as East Turkistan, the province has been a prominent center of commerce for more than 2000 years. Beautiful, rich in culture as it is in resources, it has given birth to many civilizations and has been a cradle of scholarship, culture and power.

Borders

Its borders with Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Kashmir, Kyrgyzstan, India, Afghanistan and Tajikistan make East Turkestan geographically lucrative for trade, tourism and development.

Natural Resources

Accounting for nearly 1/5th of the tomatoes used for making the world’s ketchup and thousands of tonnes of high quality cotton for textile exports, East Turkestan is blessed with many natural resources. Some of these include¬†salt, soda, borax, gold and jade.

Fossil Fuels

Along with 150 billion barrels of oil reserves and 23.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas, East Turkestan also accounts for 40% of China’s coal reserves, making it a centre for potential investment and growth.

What is happening to them?

Inside Camps

China’s massive concentration camps are essentially a no-rights zone for Uighurs who end up there for basically just being Uighur. There is no dignity.

‘Life’ Outside

Those still outside, remain stuck in a police state with massive surveillance, no privacy and the constant threat of ending up like the others who are in camps.

How the world is reacting to their plight

Statement from Imams

Over 100 Muslim Imams, Scholars and Community Leaders have signed a statement condemning China’s actions and calling on China to treat Uighur Muslims fairly.

United Nations

The UN has been requesting access to Chinese camps amid growing concerns over the mistreatment of Uighur Muslims there. It is calling for China to immediately release all those illegally detained in camps.

United States

The U.S. is in the process of reviving a bill that proposes sanctions against Chinese officials and companies linked to allegations of human rights abuses under the Global Magnitsky Act.

Bangladesh

Bangladeshi Muslims have protested China’s ill-treatment of Uighur Muslims through demonstrations.

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is using its diplomacy and its position as one of China’s major trade allies to raise concern over what is happening in East Turkestan.

United Kingdom

Over $20 bn. worth of projects awarded to Chinese companies have been cancelled. Malaysia refused to return 11 detained Uighurs back to China.

Malaysia

Over $20 bn. worth of projects awarded to Chinese companies have been cancelled. Malaysia refused to return 11 detained Uighurs back to China, showing its stance on the issue through its clear defiance of China.

OIC

The OIC expressed concerns over China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims, stating that its newly introduced regulations were excessive in nature and enabled authorities to justify the camps. It also stated that it hoped China would address the concerns of the Muslim world.

Pakistan

Pakistan has urged the Chinese to ease pressure on the Uighurs and the country’s Foreign Minister for Religious Affairs spoke out saying that China’s measures would fuel extremism.

Indonesia

Indonesia is urging to take the Uighur issue to the OIC and the Indonesian Foreign Ministry has called on China to respect freedom of religion. Protests held in support of Uighurs are attended by hundreds and many organizations within the country are drawing attention to the issue.

India

Indian Muslims are protesting the human rights abuse that China is carrying out against its indigenous Uighur Muslim population.

What Uighurs want

No more camps

China must close all concentration camps and release all those unjustly held.

Religious Freedom

China must allow Uighur Muslims to live their lives according to their Muslim faith.

Family Respect

No taking away of children or placing men as forced guests in Uighur family homes.

Uighur Identity

The freedom to be Uighur without interference from the Chinese government.

Condemnation

Condemnation of what China’s arbitrary detentions and human rights abuses in East Turkestan.

Protection of Life

Protection of the life of all Uighur people currently being held in concentration camps or prisons.

Communication

Allow Uighurs living abroad to visit their homelands and resume all communication of Uighurs with the outside world.

Accountability

Allow members of international organizations to visit East Turkestan to document and bring to light abuses and loss of life.

Time is running out.
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