In a strong protest against China’s persecution of Uyghur Muslims living in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), over 50 Irish religious leaders have signed a statement calling for justice and investigation of crimes against Uyghurs.
The statement said that at least a million Uyghur and other Muslims in China are incarcerated in prison camps facing starvation, torture, murder, sexual violence, slave labour and forced organ extraction.
“We make a simple call for justice, to investigate these crimes, hold those responsible to account and establish a path towards the restoration of human dignity”, the statement said. They recalled how “after the Holocaust, the world said ‘never again’.
“Today, we repeat those words ‘never again’, all over again. We stand with the Uyghurs. We also stand with Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners and Christians throughout China who face the worst crackdown on freedom of religion or belief since the cultural revolution,” read the statement.
There was “a simple call for justice, to investigate these crimes, hold those responsible to account and establish a path towards the restoration of human dignity”, the religious leaders concluded.
China has been called out by leaders and human rights activists across the world for cracking down on Uyghur Muslims by sending them to mass detention camps, interfering in their religious activities and sending members of the community to undergo some form of forcible re-education or indoctrination.
However, Beijing has denied that it is engaged in human rights abuses against the Uyghurs; a complete opposite of what the reports from journalists, NGOs and former detainees say.