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Jakarta Post

Indonesia's silence on Uighur debate 'complicated': IPAC report

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 25, 2019   /  07:10 pm
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Telling the truth: Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Foundation senior vice president Syuhelmaidi Syukur (second right) speaks during a discussion titled “Revealing Facts on Human Rights Violations Against Ethnic Uighurs” in Jakarta on Thursday. Also present as speakers were Indonesian Ulema Council deputy secretary-general Amirsyah Tambunan (left), international relations expert Agung Nurwijoyo (second left) and Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid.(The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan )

In vying for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council next year, Indonesia may face pressure to more directly address allegations of abuse against the Uighur Muslim minority in China after much silence on the government’s part, a research note suggests. The Xinjiang autonomous region and its resident Uighur population have been in the spotlight over the past year following reports by rights groups detailing China’s abuse of at least 1 million people from the ethnic minority. They have reportedly been forced to undergo psychological indoctrination programs in camps that Beijing has labeled as “re-education centers”. At a UNHRC meeting last year, Beijing dismissed the allegations as baseless criticism. As the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, Indonesia’s support for oppressed Muslim minorities -- such as Palestinians and the Rohingy...