Over 1 Million Muslims in Chinese Concentration Camps – Most Muslim Govts Quiet

Alex Madajian | May 13, 2019 | 5:46pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) — Although more than one million Muslim Uighurs have been imprisoned in “reeducation” camps in Communist China over the last several years, the equivalent of 21st century concentration camps, most Islamic governments are not saying much in terms of protest. For comparison, the United States has been very vocal against the persecution.

According to the U.S. State Department, “more than one million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and members of other Muslim minority groups [have been detained in] Chinese government … internment camps since April 2017.”


The Islamic Republic of Iran, predominantly Shia, has said nothing about the imprisonment of the Uighers, who are predominantly Sunni. In a tweet in September, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said,

.@khamenei_ir [Ali Khamenei] fancies himself the leader of the Islamic world, but his regime has been totally silent as China—the top buyer of #Iran’s oil—has persecuted and detained hundreds of thousands of its Muslim citizens. رژیم_ریاکار#"

The Monarch of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, actually defended the use of concentration camps. He currently is serving as the deputy prime minister of Saudi Arabia.

“China has the right to carry out anti-terrorism and de-extremisation work for its national security,” he said, as reported in The Telegraph. He made these remarks on Chinese state television while in the Communist regime to sign trade deals.

The country with the largest Muslim population, Indonesia, has said little about the concentration camps, where Uighurs are “reeducated” to conform their religious beliefs to Chinese socialism/communism. As Foreign Policy reported,  

"The government of Indonesia has also remained conspicuously reserved, even in the face of China unveiling plans to ‘Sinicize Islam.’ Vice President Jusuf Kalla has asserted that Jakarta has no intention to interfere with Beijing’s treatment of Muslims in China. China is Indonesia’s largest trading partner, with figures from the Indonesian Ministry of Trade showing that two-way trade jumped 25 percent to $66 billion during the first 11 months of 2018."

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Pakistan reportedly was the first country to censure Beijing over its treatment of the Uighurs in September of 2018. But starting in January 2019 Pakistan had softened its tone. According to Business Insider,

“Mohammad Faisal, a spokesman for the ministry [of foreign affairs], echoed China on the detention camps, saying that some Pakistanis detained in Xinjiang were ‘undergoing voluntary training.’”

Business Insider further reported,

Pakistan is one of the largest recipients of Chinese aid and infrastructure contracts. Loans and infrastructure contracts have been a lifeline to the Pakistani economy, which faces a growing mountain of national and foreign debt.

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Turkey was one of the Muslim countries willing to injure its relationship with China by describing their crackdown as “a great shame for humanity.”

In the 2018 Human Rights Report on China, the U.S. State Department said there are “abuses in these camps, such as torture, repressive surveillance measures, homestays and forcible service of pork and alcohol by Chinese government officials in Muslim homes, confiscations of Qurans, and instances of sexual abuse and death.”

It ended the report by saying the United States is calling “on the Chinese government to release immediately these individuals, family members and all others arbitrarily detained in the camps.”

Because the United States has also urged the United Nations to support the Uighurs, China has protested. On May 7, France 24 reported, “China angrily assailed the United States on Tuesday for calling on countries at the United Nations to deprive Beijing of a seat at a UN forum over its treatment of the Uighur minority.”

CNSNews.com contacted the embassies of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Indonesia – and the Special Interests Section of Iran in the Pakistan Embassy -- by email and telephone on two occasions, asking if their governments had issued any statement or comment about the persecution of the Uighurs.

The only embassy that responded before this story was posted was the Turkish embassy. They provided a statement originally delivered on Feb. 9 by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hami Aksoy. The statement concluded,

“We invite the Chinese authorities to respect the fundamental human rights of Uighur Turks and to close the internment camps. We call on the international community and the Secretary General of the United Nations to take effective measures in order to bring to an end this human tragedy in Xinjiang.”

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