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Turkey calls on China to close internment camps for Muslims


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Concentration camps in China and the USA and nobody gives a damn.

Humanity, what happened to you?

To us?

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If they watch carefully the world map, Xinjiang is 10000 miles away from Turkey, how can there is part of the Turkic living areas? China has been treating the Uyghurs much better than the Israel treating the Palestinians!

That is not the Turkic land, you people were guests only!

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'Turkic' is not 'Turkish'. Turkic-language speakers are not necessarily part of the country of Turkey. Most of the 'stans' in Central Asia, for instance, are Turkic, but not Turkish. The Uighurs are not Turks, and the Turkish government is not saying that they are. Nevertheless as people who share some common descent, similar languages, and a religion, Islam, the Turkish Government obviously has some sympathy for the plight of the Uighurs - which, given the reports that as many as a million Turkic Uighurs are imprisoned in Chinese 're-education' camps for no crime other than being Uighurs, is not that surprising.

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Boycott Chinese product.

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What's even more serious about this is that China even imprisons ethnic Uighurs that are not Chinese citizens!

Some of those imprisoned Uighurs are other countries' citizens like Kazakhs. But the country of Kazakhstan isn't even helping their own citizens because of Chinese money for the new Belt and Road Initiative that runs through the country.

"Exposed: China's surveillance of Muslim Uighurs - As China faces increasing criticism over its treatment of its Muslim population, new details emerge about how Beijing spies on Uighurs at home and abroad."

Amat says his handler sent him to also spy abroad, as part of China's expanding global network of surveillance. From 2012 to 2018, Amat says he was told to infiltrate Uighur communities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey. He says Beijing has "countless" informants around the world. And Amat says China is getting bolder on the international front, claiming government operatives have abducted Uighurs abroad.

Jaliloua says she was arrested in Xinjiang while picking up a shipment for her clothing business. What baffles her about the arrest is that she isn't even a Chinese citizen. When she told authorities she was from Kazakhstan, they simply hid her identity, Jaliloua says. "They gave me a Chinese name and Chinese ID number so the Kazakhstan embassy couldn't find me."

By November, RFA had carried several troubling reports: quotas for the detention of Uyghurs and ethnic Kazakhs (3,000 per week, according to RFA’s source); detention of ethnic Kazakh business owners; police-run re-education centers; teachers reporting students for “wearing ‘Islamic’ clothing and praying”; raids on ethnic Kazakh homes including confiscation of Qurans and prayer mats; and detention of 50 ethnic Kazakhs for watching a banned video of a world-class boxing match featuring welterweight Kanat Islam (a Chinese-born boxer who became a Kazakh citizen in 2011).

The detention of ethnic Kazakhs could further deepen already extant beliefs about ulterior motives for Chinese activities in Kazakhstan. In 2016, part of the fuel that fed protests over proposed changes to the country’s land code were rumors that the changes would allow foreigners, namely Chinese, to buy up large swaths of Kazakh land. Kazakh sensitivities about land have their roots in a 1999 deal that saw 43.1 percent of 34,000 square kilometers of previously Kazakh territory ceded to China

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The Muslim countries are largely quiet about it too:

"The Muslim World Remains Largely Mute on Uyghurs’ Plight - Economic ties to Beijing and domestic rights abuses have kept most states from speaking out."

In 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, initiating a wave of outrage across the Muslim world.

Fast-forward to 2018, revelations about a network of detention camps in China’s western region of Xinjiang — built to compel members of Muslim minority groups to abandon their devotion to Islam and their distinct cultural identities — have created little more than a ripple of objections among Muslim communities in other countries.

The Muslim world has spoken out on issues including the Danish cartoons, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. Why haven’t the 49 Muslim-majority countries been equally vocal on the situation in Xinjiang?

Part of the reason may be that the region and its people are on the periphery of the global Muslim community, isolated and far removed from most Muslims’ awareness. As Suleiman put it, “They’re ironically being tortured for being too Muslim by China while the Muslim world seems to not see them as Muslim enough to fight for.”

However, China’s enormous economic influence across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia surely plays a critical role in Muslim leaders’ calculations. In what has been termed a Marshall Plan for the Arab world, Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged $20 billion in loans to Arab countries.

Economic and political motives might explain the silence among the Muslim world’s leaders, but what about ordinary citizens in these countries?

The general population in the Muslim world seems to be largely unaware of the abuses in Xinjiang. Unlike the Danish cartoon affair, the mistreatment of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities by Chinese authorities is almost ignored by the Arabic media.

Al-Jazeera has offered some coverage on the issue, but it remains mostly alone in doing so. Earlier this year, Hassan Hassan, a senior fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington, told Bloomberg* that “even jihadis don’t dwell on it as much as they do about other conflicts.”

Restricted access to information within Xinjiang, home to one of the world’s most oppressive surveillance systems, has contributed to the scarcity of media coverage abroad.

When even jihadi fundamentalists aren't even concerned about Muslims, ya know something's really messed up!

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If Muslim states that produce oil stopped shipping to China, perhaps they'd pay attention?

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