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Feb20

UN concerned about violence against Muslims in India and Kashmir

By: Bayram Altug Source: Anadolu Agency GENEVA – The UN’s human rights chief on Tuesday expressed concern about reports that a deadly recent attack is being used to target Kashmiri and Muslim communities in India. Michelle Bachelet said she is “concerned by reports from India that some elements are using the Pulwama attack as justification for threats and potential acts of violence targeting Kashmiri and Muslim communities.” A deadly car bomb Feb. 14 killed at least 44 paramilitary troops in Jammu and Kashmir, which the Indian government blamed on Pakistan. Bachelet strongly condemned the attack and demanded authorities to bring those responsible to justice, according to the...

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Feb10

Turkey blasts China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims

By: AFP Source: AFP Turkey has condemned China’s treatment of its Muslim ethnic Uighur people as “a great embarrassment for humanity”, adding to rights groups’ recent criticism over mass detentions of the Turkic-speaking minority. “The systematic assimilation policy of Chinese authorities towards Uighur Turks is a great embarrassment for humanity,” Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement. Aksoy also said Turkey had learned of the “tragic” death in custody on Saturday of Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit. “We’ve learned with great sorrow that dignified poet Abdurehim Heyit, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for his compositions, died in the...

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Feb06

China forces Muslim to consume pork and alcohol

By: RFA Source: RFA Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang are delivering pork to Muslim households during the Lunar New Year holiday, and forcing some Muslims to drink alcohol, eat pork, and display emblems of traditional Chinese culture, RFA has learned. Residents of the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) told RFA that officials had invited them to celebratory dinners marking the Lunar New Year at which pork was served, then threatening to send them to a “re-education” camp if they refused to take part. Photos sent to RFA also showed an official from Ili’s Yining city visiting Muslim households and...

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