Alhamdulillah, bagi memperingati ulang tahun ke-14 tragedi pembunuhan beramai-ramai umat Islam Uighur di Urumqi, ibu kota Turkistan Timur (Xinjiang) pada 5 Julai 2009, satu serahan memorandum telah dilakukan oleh Timbalan Presiden ABIM, Mohd Khairul Anwar Ismail dan pimpinan ABIM di Kedutaan Republik Rakyat China, Kuala Lumpur pada 5 Julai 2023.
Memorandum ini mendesak agar Kerajaan China menghormati, melindungi hak kebebasan beragama serta memberi perlindungan kepada etnik Uighur yang berdepan penindasan dan kekejaman di wilayah Turkistan Timur/Xinjiang.
Peristiwa hitam Urumqi adalah salah satu daripada beberapa siri kekejaman, penganiayaan, kezaliman dan tindakan tidak berperikemanusiaan yang dilakukan terhadap umat Uighur sejak beberapa dekad lalu. - KitaReporters/Kenyataan Media
MEMORANDUM TO THE EMBASSY OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN MALAYSIA
UPHOLDING INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS FOR UYGHUR ETHNIC GROUP IN XINJIANG
MUSLIM YOUTH MOVEMENT MALAYSIA (ABIM)
& OTHER MALAYSIAN CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS
5TH JULY 2023
M E M O R A N D U M
July 05, 2023
HIS EXCELLENCY OUYANG YUJING
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the People’s Republic of China to Malaysia
SUBJECT: MEMORANDUM TO UPHOLD INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS FOR UYGHUR ETHNIC GROUP IN XINJIANG
We the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) together with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Malaysia wish to affirm the fundamental rights of every human being to the right to life and the freedom of religion and belief. This affirmation is recognised in the charters, declarations, and covenants of the international community. Specifically, we affirm Article 6.3 of the Asian Human Rights Charter which states that “the freedom of religion and conscience is particularly important in Asia where most people are deeply religious; many find their primary identity in religion”.
The article together with other express provisions in other International Conventions of Human Rights are the necessary rights and conditions that serve to protect every human life and interest and make this world a better place to live in. This is in line with the purpose of the United Nations’ establishment enshrined under Article 1 of UN Charter: “To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;”
On this day 5th July 2023, as the world commemorates the 14th anniversary of the July 05 (2009) Urumqi Massacre, we wish to highlight the critical situation of human rights abuses of the Uyghur people and many other minority groups across the Xinjiang area. We note that the human rights violations of the Uyghurs people and their respective communities have increased significantly resulting in the rapid deterioration of the welfare and wellbeing of the Uyghur people.
In February 2019, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a report which documented Chinese authorities as having detained people without the due process of the law and placed them in “political education” camps for their perceived disloyalty to the government. It is reported that detainees in these camps are subjected to force political indoctrination, renunciation of their faith, mistreatment, and in some cases torture. Such acts could certainly be deemed as persecution on the basis of one’s faith and religion. It is contemptuous and should never be tolerated. In recent months, other UN officials, human rights organizations, and independent journalists have also supported such findings.
There is also restrictive legislation, suppression of the highest order and repressive policies in placed which the Uyghurs people routinely find themselves subjected to. Uyghurs are not allowed to peacefully practice their religion, to speak or move freely or even to be to be educated in their native language. This is all the worst when many Uyghurs are arbitrarily detained, confined in “political re-education” camps or made to disappear while in custody of Chinese authorities. These are grave human rights violations on the right to life and freedom of religion and belief.
These grave human rights violations can be seen in the ‘Xinjiang Police Files’ – the leaked documents from the Xinjiang camps. These files consist of more than ten gigabytes in size of speeches, images, and spreadsheets dating back to 2018. On May 24, 2022, an international consortium of fourteen media companies published information about the files.
Apart from that, the International Uyghur Tribunal Judgment on 9th December 2021 confirmed genocide committed by the Chinese government. In the judgment issued, the Tribunal explained there was an element of genocide committed by the Chinese government against the Uyghurs when there was an attempt to systematically prevent the childbirth of that ethnicity.
These include, when Uyghur women in custody being forced to take medicines by mouth or by injection that affected reproductive functioning of women, pregnant women, in detention centers and outside, were forced to have abortions for early pregnancy and termination of pregnancy at the last stages of pregnancy and forcing Uyghur women to endure removal against their will of wombs and to undergo effective sterilization through surgical means.
For these reasons, we, the undersigned organizations strongly urge and demand the Chinese government to do as follows:
1. Respect the human rights of the Uyghur people, in particular their right to life and freedom of religion and belief. This is especially so when human rights such as the right to life and freedom of religion and belief is not something that can be
bestowed or taken away by a government but intrinsic in every person as part of human dignity and worth.
2. As the world and international community continues to witness and hear reports of gross abuses and the rapidly deteriorating situation of the Uyghurs, the Chinese government must desist and immediately stop the persecution and extreme
repression of the Uyghur people.
3. The Chinese government must immediately end the use of “re-education” camps as hundreds of thousands of innocent Uyghurs have been rounded up by the Chinese authorities into these camps to suffer physical abuse, maltreatment and even torture. Some have been found to have vanished in these camps.
4. The government of China should respect and protect the rights and religious freedoms of ALL its citizens, and the Uyghurs of China deserve the same rights and protection given to other communities as well.
We, Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) also call on the international community to do the following:
1. To increase the voices of protest and disfavour upon the Chinese government for acts and omissions that do not respect and uphold the human rights of all people, including the Uyghur people and other religious minorities or communities who are
prevented from having the freedom of religion and belief and the rights to a meaningful life.
2. To work together to improve the situation for the Uyghur people through concrete actions that wholly accounts for the history, traditions, language, religion, and the culture of the Uyghur people. Priority should be given to address attempts at force
cultural assimilation that could quite possibly lead to the annihilation of Uyghur identity.
As the situation of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang and other religious minorities in other parts of China continues to worsen or deteriorate, we ask the people from all parts of the world to pray and take steps to care for the lives and well-being of the Uyghur people and other religious minorities that are persecuted and under threat from the Chinese government. At all costs, human rights violations that are pervasive such as persecution on cultural and religious grounds, arbitrary arrests and the silencing of peaceful dissent must be resisted and cannot be allowed to fester and ferment.
We also call on all governments to uphold and protect the rights of Uyghurs including those of Uyghur refugees who may have fled their country for fear of discrimination and unjustified persecution. Like other refugees, they too deserve the same protection and justice.
In furtherance of this purpose, we the undersigned organization acknowledge and affirm this Memorandum of Protest.
“Upholding Truth & Justice”
MUSLIM YOUTH MOVEMENT MALAYSIA (ABIM)
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