The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut wishes to express the strongest condemnation of the Chinese government for its brutal persecution of the Uyghur and other Turkic Muslims such as the Kazakhs and Kyrgyzs in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China (formerly East Turkistan); furthermore, we wish to express our strongest solidarity with the persecuted Muslims and other religious minorities in China. Religious freedom is a value we consider to be a human right that we hold dear as Americans and as Muslims.
China has been documented as having imprisoned more than a million Uyghurs in massive internment camps, performing forced sterilizations, and engaging in other human rights abuses such as torture, rape, and murder. In January 2021, 50+ genocide prevention groups and human rights experts have called for the UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate China for these crimes against humanity. The United States has called China’s policy toward the Uyghurs “genocide.” Over 40 countries have called for investigations of China’s persecution of the Uyghurs and other human rights abuses.
We urge everyone to contact the White House, your Congressional representatives and Senators Blumenthal and Murphy to express solidarity with the Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in China, and to condemn these human rights violations.