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OIC concerned over the situation of Muslim minority in China

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(Jeddah-AlummahWorld, Ramadan 13, 1436, June 30, 2015) The Organization of Islamic Cooperation follows with deep concern the reports by media and international organizations indicating violations of the human rights of the Muslim minority in Xinjiang region as they are denied the right to practice the fourth pillar of Islam (fasting the month of Ramadan) and the right to observe their religious rituals in this holy month.

While expressing its serious concern, the OIC stresses the need to protect the rights of the Muslim minority, foremost of which is the right to observe their religious practices without harassment or any direct or indirect breaches.

In this context, the OIC Secretary General calls on the Government of the People’s Republic of China to proceed expeditiously with an investigation of such abuses and to ensure the safety and security of the Muslim minority while practicing their religious rights in accordance with the relevant international covenants and instruments.

There are more than 10 million Muslims in China, most of them Uighur. As a minority in China, Uighur Muslims facing problems to perform their faith. Chinese forces some time use brutal force to control Uighur Muslims. There is a long history of unrest in Xinjiang region where Uighur Muslims are in majority.