A photo posted to the WeChat account of the Xinjiang Judicial Administration shows Uyghur detainees listening to a 'de-radicalization' speech at a re-education camp in Hotan prefecture's Lop county, April 2017.  Wikipedia
Qatar and the Plight of Muslims in Xinjiang
  • Mon, 10/21/2019 - 21:01

by Giorgio Cafiero
Oct 21, 2019

Among Arabian Gulf monarchies, Qatar is alone in refusing to defend China’s human rights record in Xinjiang. By taking a stand that it views as a matter of principle, Qatar is further demonstrating the extent to which certain values and ideas shape its foreign policy and the emirate’s keenness to avoid aligning with Saudi Arabia on international major issues.

Last year, human rights organizations and western governments voiced outrage after reports published information about the Chinese government’s “pacification drive” in Xinjiang. The detention of approximately one million Muslims—mainly Uighurs—under the guise of countering radicalization, extremism, and terrorism within China’s Muslim communities shocked many in the West. President Xi Jinping’s agenda of “Sinicizing” Islam in his country has entailed prohibiting the Adhan (the Islamic call to prayer), razing mosque domes and minarets, prohibiting food products from coming with halal certifications, and wiping out Arabic writing. 

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