beijing [China]April 29 (ANI): China, which is ranked among the world’s worst human rights abusers by Human Rights Watch, has asked Sweden to respect the “religious beliefs” of Muslims and other minority groups , to protect their legitimate rights and interests , said a media report.
On April 20, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin asked Sweden, following the April 15-16 anti-Muslim riots, that the European country “sincerely respect the religious beliefs of Muslims and other minority groups, protect their legitimate rights and interests, and match their words of respect and protection of freedom of religious belief with actions,” the Hong Kong Post reported.
Just five days after an “emotional conference” in Sweden on Muslim issues, Wenbin backtracked on the planned visit of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to Xinjiang in May.
Bachelet, known for her feistiness, expressed her desire to meet Uyghur Muslims whose persecution by China has created outcry around the world.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, in an obvious move to block UNHCR’s desire to visit Xinjiang, said: “The purpose of the visit of the High Commissioner (China) is to promote exchanges and Cooperation. We are opposed to political manipulation by exploiting the issue,” The Hong Kong Post reported.
He further indicated that it is clear that China, which has tried to show its concern for the “legitimate rights and interests” of Muslims in Sweden, is extremely concerned that if Michelle Bachelet visits Xinjiang, it could create a delicate situation for Beijing and would become difficult to defend an indefensible.
Ranked among the world’s worst human rights abusers by Human Rights Watch, China not only erases the cultural identity of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, but also hunts them down abroad. And that’s what the Middle Kingdom is doing with the help of countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, according to the report.
The report also highlighted the recent 48th Summit of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation held in Pakistan.
At the summit, each summit speaker spoke about the situation in Afghanistan and the suffering of Muslims in Palestine and other countries, but “none dared to raise a single word for Uyghur Muslims despite the fact that the world is aware of their plight under the Chinese regime”. communist regime,” the Hong Kong Post reported.
According to a report, 1 to 2 million Uyghurs and members of other minorities are detained in various camps in Xinjiang, where they are asked to renounce their religion, avoid retaining any religious identity, study Marxism and to work in factories.
According to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s 2020 report, Uyghurs work in a range of supply chains, including electronics, textiles and automotive, under a central government policy known as the of “Xinjiang Aid”. The report further states that Uyghurs don’t just work in Xinjiang, they work in 27 factories across nine Chinese provinces, the Hong Kong Post reported.
Recently, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) called on the European Union to ban all imports of products from China that have been produced by forced labor.
The European Commission, which is the executive branch of the 27-member European Union, would consider presenting a legislative proposal on the prohibition of forced labor by mid-September 2022, according to the report. (ANI)