Uighur Moslem - Photo: Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – In August 2018 the world was surprised by the results of a one investigation reporting regarding Moslem settlements in Xinjiang, China. The United Nations (UN) report, one million Uighur’s citizens have been persecuted by the Chinese government, undergoing what they refer to as “re-education” camps.

This was raised when the Chinese President Xi Jinping tightened control of society so that loyalty to the Communist Party must take precedence over loyalty to family and religion. In fact, they were jailed without charge and forced to use communist slogans.

But now, something different was shown by President Xi. Although he is well-known for communism and the suppression of Islamic extremist groups, he showed his solidarity with Moslems in Palestine. This was displayed by his recognition of East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital based on the border established in 1967.

In fact, China called for a resolution regarding the issue in accordance with relevant UN resolutions and international consensus. Last week, China will host an international symposium for supporters of independent Palestine and Israel in Beijing.

The symposium attended by Nabil Shaath, foreign affairs adviser to the Palestinian president, and Hilik Bar, deputy chair of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament.

Apart from political and economic motives, Xi’s inconsistency and ideology occurred against the Islamic conflict. We don’t know Xi’s real motiver regarding this scene.

On April 22, 2018, satellite photos from Google Earth showed amazing differences in parts of Xinjiang. A large and tight security complex was pictured, complete with a perimeter wall of two kilometers and 16 guard posts.

In the complex, the government re-educates people they deem to be Muslim extremists and radicals in the region.

Until now, the government continues to deny various international protests voicing concerns that there have been major human rights violations there. Although the Chinese government has denied it, the existence of these detention camps was strengthened by various information from Chinese officials themselves.

Over the past decade or so, hundreds of lives have been lost due to riots, inter-community violence, planned attacks and police actions. In fact, there have been repeated separatist and terrorist movements which have killed many civilians. After this incident the locals defiance to China has continued.

The Chinese government has tightened security in Xinjiang. The move is seen as the most stringent display of control of the state over it’s own citizens.

So far, legal sanctions have been applied to suppress Islamic identity and practices, including prohibiting hijabs, long beards, religious teaching for children, and banning Islamic names. In addition, Uyghur government officials are prohibited from practicing the pillars of Islam, both worshiping in the mosque and fasting during Ramadan.

Thus, the establishment of prison camps was directly related to the Chinese government’s efforts to treat Uyghurs who are well-known radicals and terrorists. But, it will have a broad impact internationally. Moreover, religious sentiment has become a sensitive issue of late.

Almost all residents who were thrown into the camp could no longer return. But some of them have escaped, for example to Turkey, London or Germany.

According to them, they experienced physical and psychological torture in the detention camps. Their entire family disappeared, and were physically and mentally tortured.

Projected, through the political diplomacy of the Uyghur community, Indonesia and international organizations, the citizens imprisoned in the camps were completely free. Many parties forced China governement give the liberation and fulfillment of the rights of Uyghur citizens, including Indonesia.

Today, thousands of protestors took part in a demonstration in front of the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta, in solidarity and defence of Uyghur Muslims. Participants stood against the use of violence, such as torture, intimidation and discrimination against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang Province, China.

The rally was initiated by 212 Groups, Muslim Solidarity Movement, and a number of Indonesian Islamic organizations who demand that the Indonesian government fight back and repel the Chinese embassy from Indonesia due to the allegations of human rights violations faced by ethnic Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, China.

“Save the Uighur people and repel China’s embassy,” said Slamet Ma’arif, head of 212 groups in Jakarta.

They also urged an international board to stop China policy of discrimination to the Muslim ethnic minority. On the other hand, a number of government boards also sought information from the Chinese embassy in Indonesia to provide full answers regarding the tangled thread of the problem. This issue even has the potential to become a political commodity ahead of the 2019 Presidential Election, if the government does not immediately reveal it’s political stance.

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com

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