China’s Relations with the Muslim World

 

“Offers They Can’t Refuse: China’s Relations with the Muslim World”

Jessica Smith
Intern
Uyghur Human Rights Project

Introduction
Since the outbreak of unrest in East Turkestan on July 5, 2009, the international community has demonstrated a great deal of concern and interest in the plight of the Uyghur people. U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf wrote a letter to President Barack Obama prior to Mr. Obama‟s November 2009 visit to China requesting him to raise the issue of the suppression of the demonstration on July 5, the persecution of peaceful Uyghur protesters and due process violations of those accused of violent crimes on July 5.1 The Swiss foreign ministry expressed its concerns regarding the violence in East Turkestan and “urged the Chinese authorities to respect democratic rights, especially freedom of expression and freedom of the media, and to ensure the rule of law in all respects.”2 During the 2010 4th Session and the Organizational Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, the European Union voiced its concerns regarding the trials of those involved in the July 5 unrest. Specifically, the European Union indicated concern in terms of how Chinese authorities conducted the trials and whether the Chinese respected due process and took measures to ensure a fair trial.3 In addition, the Society for Threatened Peoples asked the Human Rights Council to call on Chinese authorities to release peaceful protestors and those who were held without evidence, to ensure a fair trial for all others involved, and to address the root causes of the unrest, namely repression, the dilution of the Uyghur language and culture, and economic discrimination……… Download PDF

“Offers They Can’t Refuse- China’s Relations with the Muslim World”

source: Uyghur Human Rights Project

 

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