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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024

On Eid-ul-Adha, demands for action on plight of Uighur and Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang

As Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, organisations advocating for the rights of Uighur and Turkic Muslims in East Turkistan (Xinjiang province of China) have issued poignant messages calling for global solidarity and action.

These appeals highlight the dire human rights situation in the region and urge the international community to stand up against the ongoing abuses under Chinese rule.

In a post on X, the East Turkistan government-in-exile wished X well and drew attention to the plight of the Uighur and Turkic Muslim communities.

The message reads, “On this holy #EidAlAdha, we reflect on faith and perseverance. We urge the global #Muslim community to stand with the #Uyghur/Turkic Muslims of occupied #EastTurkistan who are facing genocide and being deprived of their religion. Unite in prayer and action for their dignity and freedom.”

Similarly, the East Turkistan National Movement also extended Eid al-Adha greetings and urged the global community to remember the people who suffered under Chinese occupation.

“As you gather with loved ones to celebrate this holy holiday, please remember and pray for the Muslims in occupied #EastTurkistan, who are facing colonization and genocide under Chinese occupation,” the organization posted.

“Stand with us in demanding an end to China’s continued oppression and join us in our call for justice, liberation and restoration of the dignity, faith and freedom of the people of East Turkistan,” he/she said, calling for collective action.

The East Turkistan National Movement has been at the forefront of efforts to end the “ongoing Uyghur genocide”, promoting democracy, political and human rights, and attempting to restore East Turkistan’s independence and autonomy.

Their messages on this important Islamic holiday aim to mobilize support from the global Muslim community and beyond, and emphasize the urgent need for international intervention.

The situation in East Turkistan, officially known to China as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, has been a serious human rights issue.

Reports of mass detention, forced labour, and severe restrictions on religious practice have been widely condemned by human rights organisations and governments around the world.

Despite these efforts, the Chinese government has consistently denied allegations of genocide and human rights abuses and insists that its actions in the region are aimed at combating extremism and promoting economic development.

Eid al-Adha messages from the East Turkistan Government-in-Exile and the East Turkistan National Movement are a stark reminder of the struggles faced by Uighur and Turkic Muslims.

Celebrating this solemn occasion, these organizations urge the international community to unite in prayer and action to support their efforts for justice, freedom and the preservation of their cultural and religious heritage.

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