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Pompeo calls on RI Muslims to speak up on Uighur issue

  • Alya Nurbaiti and Dian Septiari

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 31 2020   /  01:00 am
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives speech during an event hosted by GP Ansor, the youth wing of Indonesia's largest Islamic organization Nahdlatul Ulama, in Jakarta on Oct. 29, 2020. Pompeo’s visit to Jakarta is part of his five-day official visit to South and Southeast Asian countries, where he has sought to strengthen economic and security ties.(Antara/Galih Pradipta)

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appealed to Muslims in Indonesia to speak up against China’s alleged human rights abuses against the Uighur minority – a move likely to drive a wedge among Indonesian Islamic communities.    Pompeo spoke at an event hosted by GP Ansor, the youth wing of Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization Nahdlatul Ulama, on Thursday – coinciding with the celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (Maulid). During the event, the US secretary called out the Chinese Communist Party’s “war against the people of all faiths.”    “The atheist Chinese Communist Party has tried to convince the world that its [reeducation] program for Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang is necessary as a part of its counterterrorism efforts and poverty alleviation,” Pompeo said. “But we kno...