Uyghurs in China: We Buried the Quran in Our Backyards

Muslim Matters, 30 June 2015


By Hena Zuberi  “We are an occupied territory. We know the plights of our Muslim brothers and sisters in Palestine, Kashmir, but why doesn’t the Muslim world know about our struggle?” asks Uyghur diaspora leader from East Turkistan, Anwar Yusuf Turani. He is the founder and prime minister of the East Turkistan Government in Exile. Uyghurs are a Turkic people by race and language, Muslim by religion.

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Turkey says concerned over China’s Ramadan bans on Uighurs

Reuters, 30 June 2015 

China's Vice President Xi shakes hands with Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Reuters  Turkey told Beijing on Tuesday it was worried over reports Uighur people had been banned from worship and fasting during the holy month of Ramadan in China’s far western region of Xinjiang, the foreign ministry said.

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Uyghur Attackers Came From ‘Religious Family’

Radio Free Asia, 30 June 2015


RFA Uyghur Service  Ethnic Ugyhurs who attacked a police post in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region last week were members of a Muslim family who had become increasingly devout as they struggled for almost 10 years to make a living after losing land to Han Chinese in what they considered an unfair business deal, sources said.

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Petition campaign launched to stop repression in East Turkistan

Today’s Zaman, 30 June 2015


Today’s Zaman  A petition has been launched on by a boy named Mehmet Efe as a call upon China and the international community to stop what it calls China’s “apartheid-style” rule in East Turkistan, officially known as the Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

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Actors, academics and politicians decry treatment of Uyghurs

Today’s Zaman, 30 June 2015


Today’s Zaman  After 28 people were killed in East Turkestan during the holy month of Ramadan,actors, academics and politicians in Turkey have raised their voices criticizing the Chinese government and calling for the freedom of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

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A Call to Action by the World Uyghur Congress

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Join in the Commemoration of the 6th Anniversary of the Chinese Authorities’ Brutal Killing of an Untold Number of Uyghur Protesters in Urumqi

The action calendar can be downloaded here:

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After Guantanamo, life on Pacific island was difficult

The Globe and Mail, 29 June 2015


By Nathan VanderKlippe – A piece of plywood seals the hand-dug tomb on a hill in Palau. Buried inside is a toddler, a young boy of perhaps four placed with his face toward Mecca.

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Muslim Scholars Reject China’s Ramadan Ban

OnIslam, 28 June 2015

MUSLIM UIGHURSOnIslam Staff – A leading international Muslim scholars union has criticized China’s apparent ban on fasting the holy month of Ramadan in the Muslim dominant Xinjiang district, urging the Asian country to respect Muslim faith.

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