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US raises China’s Uighur problem with Indonesian Muslim groups

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, October 16, 2019   /  12:07 am
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Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march to demand the European Union call upon China to respect human rights in the Xinjiang region.(AFP/Emmanuel Dunand)

The United States’ envoy to Jakarta has begun a “long overdue” move to engage with leaders of Indonesia’s two largest Muslim organizations, Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), as it looks for allies to pressure China over its alleged human rights abuses against the Uighur minority. Muhammadiyah welcomed the move and expected the US to set an example in handling human rights abuses around the world – including in Yemen, where a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia has simmered since 2015. US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr. on Tuesday visited the Muhammadiyah headquarters in Central Jakarta to meet group chairman Haedar Nashir and encourage the organization to speak out against China’s treatment of the Uighur minority. “I encouraged Muhammadiyah to continue to speak out against the repression of the Uighur minority in C...