- Posted August 25, 2014 by
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The Uighur People: In Defense of the Minority, their Identity and Autonomy Part I
I am writing to bring to the attention of the world the horrible condition of the Uighur people and to highlight the persecution and oppression that they are undergoing under the Chinese Empire.
Who are the Uighurs?
According to the BBC report of the same title, April 30, 2014:
“China's western Xinjiang region has a long history of discord between China's authorities and the indigenous Uighur ethnic minority.
“The Uighurs are Muslims. They regard themselves as culturally and ethnically close to Central Asian nations.
“The region's economy has for centuries revolved around agriculture and trade, with towns such as Kashgar thriving as hubs along the famous Silk Road.
“In the early part of the 20th Century, the Uighurs briefly declared independence. The region was brought under the complete control of communist China in 1949.
“Xinjiang is officially designated an autonomous region within China, like Tibet to its south.”
I am with China in doing everything that is necessary, within the bounds of their law to counter and stop terrorism, but to fight terrorism with its own state-sanctioned terrorism, in my view will not accomplish anything, worst it may even fuel the “terrorism” that they intend to curb in the first place.
Though I agree with the Uighur people on their struggle, quest and aim of separating from Beijing and establishing a land of their own that is independent, I am condemning some of them for resorting to senseless violence and terrorism that they are committing to innocent people and civilians in Xinjiang, Beijing and elsewhere.
In the same vein, I am also condemning to the utmost the state sponsored terrorism being committed by China to the Uighur people.
I condemn China categorically for their economic black mail, economic bias as against the people of Xinjiang, their act of spiritually persecuting and religiously curtailing the beliefs of the Uighurs, their political and cultural repression of these minority people. All these acts are unforgivable and unpardonable!
Under the prevailing condition and present circumstances now in Xinjiang, can China blame the Uighur people who they forced to the wall, if these people will fight back using all means available at their disposal?
Who are the real and true terrorists, with regard to this issue?
Is it a country or an empire that are repressing, oppressing and persecuting their people and citizens who belong in the minority or it is those persecuted, oppressed and marginalized people who simply wish to fight back for their identity, cultural beliefs and justice?
Who are those “terrorists” on the eyes of China?
Answer: They are the Uighur people who: either wants an equal right with the Chinese (Han) majority or who wants to separates from China.
Historically, in Xinjiang, the majority of the populations are the Uighur, but as reported by Nathan VandelKlippe, “In remote Xinjiang province, Uighurs are under siege”, The Globe and Mail, August 15th:
“Their home territory has, however, experienced tremendous change since the Communist Revolution in 1949. Briefly an independent state in the early 20th century, Xinjiang has in the past few decades become home to vast numbers of ethnic Chinese, many of them sent here by government settlement policies.
“They now outnumber the Uighurs, and continue to arrive, drawn by untrammelled space and the jobs that flow from a land rich in resources.
“But the wealth hasn’t necessarily benefited the Uighur population. As the region’s oil and gas flow east, local filling stations routinely run short, with lineups 150 cars long.”
“Xinjiang accounts for 28 per cent of China’s natural-gas reserves, which are being tapped at a roaring rate by a country eager to fuel its remarkable growth with its own energy. Between 2000 and 2012, gas output increased sixfold, while oil production rose by half. Some 60 per cent of Xinjiang’s gross domestic product is now derived from petroleum.
“And for all the jobs that development has brought, the region has China’s highest rate of unemployed college graduates – 80 per cent of them minorities, many of them Muslim. Job postings sometimes demand Han Chinese outright. A former manager at a large Western company in Urumqi says that, of 400 employees, only 10 were Uighur.”
The terroristic activities, in my view committed by China are the following:
1. In July, the authorities from Beijing “banned the practice of fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan”. Adding insult to injury, they also barred the Salat prayer in mosques.
As reported by Didi Tang of the AP, “China bans Ramadan fast in Muslim northwest”, July 3rd:
“Students and civil servants in China's Muslim northwest, where Beijing is enforcing a security crackdown following deadly unrest, have been ordered to avoid taking part in traditional fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
“Statements posted in the past several days on websites of schools, government agencies and local party organizations in the Xinjiang region said the ban was aimed at protecting students' wellbeing and preventing use of schools and government offices to promote religion. Statements on the websites of local party organizations said members of the officially atheist ruling party also should avoid fasting.”
According to the officials, their reason in placing the “laws” is “to prevent religious indoctrination by teachers in schools.”
Some of the actual text of the law is as follows:
“Students shall not participate in religious activities; they shall not study scripts or read poems at script and choir classes; they shall not wear any religious emblems; and no parent or others can force students to have religious beliefs or partake in religious activities.”
That is the “law” for the students, below is the “law” for the teachers:
"No teacher can participate in religious activities, instill religious thoughts in students or coerce students into religious activities…”
I don’t believe in the powers that be that their intention is pure and noble, far from it, their “law” is enacted not to promote a secular education system, but to curtail the rights of the Uighur people to their religious, cultural and ethnic rights.
It is my firm view and so hold that the so-called “law” issued by Beijing is not only illegal but undeniably immoral and unjust.
What is the right of the central government to impose their will upon an autonomous region which is utterly different from them?
What is the right of the central government to invade and violate the religious right of their citizens who are minority and other an autonomous administrative region?
Is China aware that that their so-called “law” is a violation of the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights?
2. This month, Beijing bans big beards from buses.
As reported by the Telegraph, “China city bans big beards from buses”, August 6th:
“A city in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang region has banned people with large beards or Islamic clothing from travelling on public buses, state media said, prompting outrage from an overseas rights group Wednesday.
“Authorities in Karamay banned people wearing hijabs, niqabs, burkas, or clothing with the Islamic star and crescent symbol from taking local buses, the Karamay Daily reported.
“The ban also covers "large beards", the paper said, adding: "Those who do not cooperate with inspection teams will be handled by police."”