ANI Photo | World Uyghur Congress condemns OIC’s visit to China’s East Turkistan

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has condemned the visit of a delegation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to East Turkistan in China.
On August 17, a delegation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) led by Ambassador Dya-Eddine Bamakhrama, arrived in China to meet with China’s Vice Foreign Minister, Deng Li, and other Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials. The delegation will also visit East Turkistan to “observe the living conditions of the Muslim community,” WUC informed in an official release.
“The OIC falls into the trap of Chinese propaganda machinery by believing they can observe Uyghurs living free without any religious or cultural repression,” says WUC President Dolkun Isa.
“Islam and Uyghur culture are being showcased to visitors, while millions of our people are prohibited, criminalised and punished from practising their religion. With this visit the OIC acts in complete disregard to the ongoing genocide perpetrated against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims of East Turkistan,” he added.
Since 2014, with the ‘Strike Hard Campaign’ the Chinese government has linked the religious practice of Islam to extremism and terrorism. The enacted restrictive legislations criminalise and punish any signs or practice of Islam. Uyghurs are under constant surveillance as all expression and the physical manifestations of the Uyghur cultural and religious identity are eroded, the release further said.
Though according to Article 1 of their Charter, OIC vowed “to safeguard the rights, dignity and religious and cultural identity of Muslim communities and minorities in non-Member States”. However, the OIC members stayed silent during the mass burning of religious books and of the Quran by the CCP. The OIC continued to be silent as Uyghurs are being subjected to gross human rights violations in the form of torture, rape, forced labour and arbitrary detention in modern concentration camps, the World Uyghur Congress (WYC) said in the release.
It further condemned the complete disregard for Uyghur lives and called on the OIC to uphold their own moral values and principles and not be complicit in the crimes of the Chinese government. OIC member states must collectively denounce the systematic persecution of Uyghurs, the WYC said.
“Freedom and human rights must be held as core values and the OIC cannot stand blind witness to the destruction of the fundamental human rights of Uyghurs and their genocide. We remind the OIC delegation that Islamic values are universal and should be protected everywhere. The organisation should remain true to its commitment to being an advocate for the elimination of discrimination against Muslims in all forms and manifestations,” the release said.

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