Alert: Uighurs – Demand Pakistan and Malaysia take action

IHRC is calling upon campaigners to write to the Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and Malaysia to demand they take action against China for its persecution of the Uighurs.

Background

Action required

Model template

Recipient addresses

Background

IHRC has published a new report into the massive social engineering campaign being carried out by Chinese authorities against the Uighur inhabitants of its north western Xinjiang province.

The report titled “Grief Observed: Uighur Testimonies” is the culmination of a series of interviews IHRC undertook last year with Uighurs now resident in Turkey. IHRC estimates several million Uighurs have passed through the detention camps making this an industrial scale campaign to destroy the Uighur identity and their attachment to Islam.

Muslims are repeatedly required to provide biometric information at regular police checkpoints, face blanket CCTV surveillance and have their telephone and online activity monitored. Those who show any signs of religiosity are systematically targeted, even to the extent that teachers routinely probe schoolchildren to find out if their parents practise their faith at home.

“From arresting people for teaching the Quran, to accusing people of sedition for distributing charitable donations to the poor, the repression of Islam is systematic. China is actively and methodically repressing all expressions of normative Islam amongst the Uighurs,” says the report.

Among the report’s recommendations is that China immediately ends its campaign of repression and shuts down the detention camps. Beijing should also should allow free and unfettered access to suspected camps to the UN and allow the return those who have been forced into exile without any prospect of recriminations.

The full report is available to read here: https://www.ihrc.org.uk/publications/reports/26146-grief-observed-uighur-testimonies/

Action Required

IHRC is calling upon campaigners to write to the Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and Malaysia to demand they take action against China for its persecution of the Uighurs. Please send an email to their email addresses. A model template is provided below.

Model template

[Your name]

[Your address]

[Date]

Dear [Insert Minister’s Name],

Re: Situation of Uighur Muslims in China

The situation of the Uighurs continues to deteriorate to this day. I am sure you are aware of the alarming reports of the mistreatment and persecution of Uighurs in China. The systematic abuse and violation of their rights requires a strong message from your nation to the government of China.

I urge your government to demand that China should immediately shutdown all re-education camps and release all individuals detained. China should also end all programs and policies aimed at surveilling and controlling the Uighur Muslims.

Finally your office should work together with Muslim states to emphasize that minorities, and in particular Muslims, are not a threat to the Chinese state. Rape, torture, murder and forced indoctrination will only make the Uighur population angry and make the Muslim world resentful of China.

I look forward to your reply regarding this urgent matter.

Yours sincerely,

[Your signature]

[Your name]

Recipient address

Foreign Minister of Pakistan; Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi

dgp@mofa.gov

Foreign minister of Malaysia; Hishammuddin Hussein

pro.ukk@kln.gov.my