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Jakarta Post

Muslim nations told to help Uighurs

  • Ary Hermawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 10 2009   /  01:43 pm

The Indonesian Chinese Muslim Association (PITI) has criticized China's brutality against the Uighur Muslim minority, and regretted the silence of Muslim nations ignore the group's decades of suffering discrimination and persecution. "The Chinese Muslims are on the periphery *of the Muslim world*. They have long been persecuted, but they are neglected," PITI spokesman Steven Indra Wijaya told The Jakarta Post over the phone. "We are calling on all Muslims to cast aside their *ethnic* identities and help the Uighurs." More than 150 people were killed in the recent rioting and ethnic clashes involving Han Chinese and Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province. The riots broke out after thousands of Uighurs rallied to protest the killing of two fellow Uighurs at a factory in Guangdong. Tifatul Sembiring, chairman of the Muslim-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), condemned the...