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Uyghurs In Malaysia Stage Hunger Strike, Says ABIM

Uyghurs In Malaysia Stage Hunger Strike, Says ABIM

Uyghurs in Malaysia has begun a hunger strike in protest against the ongoing genocide of the Uyghur Muslim people in East Turkestan.

Fernando Fong

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Uyghurs in Malaysia started a hunger strike demanding the world community hold China accountable for alleged human rights abuses.

Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) vice-president Ahmad Fahmi Mohd Shamsudin said Uyghurs in Malaysia included people who said they had survived Chinese concentration camps.

He said the Uyghurs are trying to highlight the mistreatment of Uyghurs in China, which has been documented by leading human rights organisations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Today it’s estimated that more than 1 million Uyghur people have been detained in camps, camps where they have been subjected to torture, forced labour, religious restrictions, and even forced sterilization.

The arbitrary and discriminatory detention of Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim groups in China constitute international crimes, in particular, crimes against humanity

ABIM vice-president Ahmad Fahmi Mohd Shamsudin to TRP on the persecution of Uyghur communities.

Strength To Speak The Truth

An Uyghur who only wished to be known as Gulmira said she started her hunger strike on 23 September and plans to do so until 6 October.

Speaking to TRP, she hopes her hunger strike would create awareness of what is happening in China.

They don’t even know what is East Turkestan (Xinjiang).

An Uyghur in Malaysia, Gulmira, to TRP on the name her people use to refer to the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in China.

Gulmira also appealed to the Malaysian government to introduce a resolution at the United Nations Rights Council as soon as possible.

At the same time, she urged the Malaysian government to provide safety to any Uyghurs who come to Malaysia.

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Safe Passage For Uyghurs

For years, Uyghurs fleeing China have used Malaysia to reach other countries, particularly Turkey. 

She said the Uyghurs, who hold Chinese passport, cannot renew them once it expires.

They need to move on to other countries even though they don’t mind staying in Malaysia, said Gulmira.

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She is not alone, as Uyghurs in other countries such as the United States are also staging hunger strikes.

What Race Are Uyghurs?

About eleven million Uyghurs – a predominantly Muslim, Turkic-speaking ethnic group who practice a moderate form of Sunni Islam – live in Xinjiang. 

Uyghur people have been known for their vibrant music and ethnic dances for centuries, which occupy a significant place in Uyghur life.

The most prestigious and well-known genre of Uyghur music is the Muqam.

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