A coalition of U.S. Muslim groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says OIC members are being killed by Chinese power.
Muslim groups in the United States have called for an Islamic Cooperation organization to speak out about the mass imprisonment of Uighurs in China, accusing the global group of adhering to what some defined as a genocide.
There are 57 Muslim-majority countries in the OIC and they often raise cases where they believe Muslims are being mistreated, criticizing Israel for taking over Palestinian territories and , at the will of Pakistan, speaks of the Hindu nationalist government of India.
But the Saudi-based group has not spoken out about China’s western region of Xinjiang, where rights groups say more than a million Uighurs and other Turkish Muslims are being held in camps. as part of an effort to eradicate Islamic practices and firmly integrate the community.
In a resolution in March 2019, the OIC said it “praises the efforts of the People’s Republic of China in providing care for Muslim citizens” after a delegation visited.
A consortium of U.S. Muslim groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has accused OIC member states of being fired by Chinese power.
“It is very clear that China has an economic chokehold on the Muslim world and has been able to evict all Muslim countries for fear of even paying bill service to Uighur cause, “Omar Sulieman, a Muslim American scholar and rights activist, told a press conference Thursday.
“While some Muslim countries will pay bill service to Palestinian causes,” he said, on the Uighur issue they will continue to “support the harassment,” especially by turning back asylum seekers.
American activist Uighur Rushan Abbas warned that countries could see the export of policies aimed at Muslims while China pursued their Belt and Road infrastructure construction campaign.
“China has a history of buying and bullying. The issue of Uighurs is not a domestic issue in China but a humanitarian issue, ”said Abbas, who said her action had forced China to detain her sister.
The U.S., whose conflict is rising with China, has been like the Uighurs ’treatment of Nazi Germany’s actions and has expressed disappointment that the OIC has not spoken.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a rare leader from the Islamic world for criticizing China, while Malaysia has said it will not oust Uighurs.
China refers to the camps as vocational training centers and says that, like Western countries, they are working to “reduce the spread of Islamic terrorism”.