Activists condemn China's efforts to obliterate Islamic culture


A Uighur human rights activist condemned the efforts of the Chinese government to obliterate Islamic culture.

The activist and chairman of the Eastern Turkistan Society of Minority Muslim Uighurs in China, Sitt Tomtürk, said that there are a million Muslim Uighur minorities imprisoned because of their affiliation to the Islamic religion.

He added that the Chinese government is using all possible tools to obliterate the ethnic and religious identity of the Uighur Muslims living in China's Xinjiang region.

In 2009, dozens of Muslims were victims of violence in the Arumqi district of the Xinjiang Autonomous Prefecture in northwestern China, which is predominantly Muslim, and hundreds injured.

He stressed that the Chinese government, despite the publication of reports by the United Nations and the European Union on its violation of human rights, has been lying about the so-called "re-education camps" in Xinjiang province.

Some 10 million Uighurs live in China's Xinjiang region and have long accused Chinese authorities of cultural, religious and economic discrimination.

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