Turkish NGOs condemn China's oppression of Uighurs

An "anti-terrorism" campaign -- focusing on East Turkestan (Xinjiang), home to the Turkic Uighur Muslim ethnic group -- was launched by China’s central government May 23.

Turkish NGOs condemn China's oppression of Uighurs

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 20 million Muslim Uighur's in China are forbidden to practise their religion and are exposed to oppression and violence, the Confederation of Turkish Tradesmen and Craftsmen (TESK) President said on Wednesday in Ankara.

The some Turkish civil society organizations including Hak-Is Confederation, The Association of Independent Industrialists and Businessmen (MUSIAD), and The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) have declared joint press statement regarding to the latest violence incident against Uighur Muslims in China.

Bendevi Palandoken, the president of the TESK, said that the latest eruption of violence on the first day of Ramadan resulted in the deaths of more than 30. The Chinese government had banned government employees and children from fasting.

Uighur are a Turkic-speaking Muslim ethnic minority group who constitute around 45 percent of the population of East Turkestan (Xinjiang). They have accused the Chinese government of human rights violations and discrimination.

"We cannot remain silent on human rights abuses and injustice practice. Harsh treatments of Uighur Autonomous Region’s people have become a great persecution". Palandoken said.

He also drew attention to Chinese government’s mass death penalty against Uighurs that three people who found guilty of terrorism, separatism and murder were given the death sentence on May 27.

An "anti-terrorism" campaign -- focusing on East Turkestan, home to the Turkic Uighur Muslim ethnic group -- was launched by China’s central government May 23 and will be in effect until June 2015.

Human rights organizations, activists and analysts have said such restrictions have sparked violence in the mineral and oil-rich province for years, and that the Uighur have been subject to religious, cultural and language restrictions, which have helped fuel their demands for a separate state. 

State media said on Wednesday that China will require identification from passengers buying long-distance bus tickets in East Turkestan as police seek to monitor travel in the region.

Authorities have already introduced airline-like restrictions for city buses in the capital Urumqi - banning passengers from carrying onboard cigarette lighters, water and yogurt.

Beginning in September, passengers must present official identification to buy tickets at 119 bus stations in Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing a public security announcement.

"Passengers' ID and bus information will be printed on the tickets and also be uploaded to local police authorities," Xinhua said, adding that tickets would be checked for matching information.

China requires real-name registration for buying train tickets around the country, but rules for long-distance buses, widely used as a form of cheap transport, typically have been more relaxed.

The Xinjiang city of Karamay has temporarily banned people with head scarves, veils and long beards from boarding buses, a policy critics have said openly discriminates against Uighurs.


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