Chinese Ambassador Answers Indonesian’s Concern to Uighur Muslims

Bandung, MINA – Indonesian Foreign Ministry Affairs has discussed the issue of alleged human rights violations against Uighurs community with Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian.

In a meeting held on December 17, Foreign Minister’s representatives expressed concerns of various groups in Indonesia regarding to the condition of the Uighur community in Xinjiang Province, China.

“Foreign Ministry Affairs affirms that in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, religious freedom and trust are human rights. It is a responsibility of each country to respect them,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir on the “Diplomacy Festival” at Padjadjaran University, Bandung on Wednesday night as quoted by Republika Online.

On this occasion, the Chinese Ambassador conveyed his country’s commitment to the protection of human rights. He also agreed that information about the condition of the Uighur community is important to be known to the public.

“Although it is a domestic issue, the Foreign Ministry noted the desire of Chinese Embassy in Jakarta to expand communication with various civil society groups about the conditions of Uighur people in China,” Arrmanatha said.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government rejects the accusation of the international community that his government has violated human rights against ethnic Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang Province.

The Chinese government argued that this decisive action was taken to prevent the spread of radical ideologies among the Uighur community.

Chinese Consul General in Surabaya Gu Jingqi also said the problems experienced by the Uighurs were a separatist problem that arose from a small number of local residents.

“Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang are around 10 million people, some of them are radical in their desire to be independent, separate from China. That’s what we, the Chinese Government, are addressing,” Jingqi told Antara in Surabaya on Friday. (T/Sj/RS5)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)