Aug 17, 2009

East Turkestan: Organization of the Islamic Conference to meet Uyghurs

Active ImageA high-level delegation from the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) will visit East Turkestan to speak to the Uyghurs about the recent violence.
Below is an article published by WAM Emirates News Agency:

A high-level delegation from the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) led by Ambassador Sayyed Qasem Al-Masri, Advisor to OIC Secretary General on Muslim Minorities has left for the Chinese capital.

OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu will later be visiting Beijing upon an invitation from the Chinese government to follow up on the conditions of the Muslim majority in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region which saw violent acts against Muslim Uighur by ethnic Han Chinese in the last month that left 192 people dead, according to a press release by OIC.

The visit aims to discuss the roots of the crisis which led to the violent clashes as well as ways to resolve it.

The delegation is expected to make field visits to Xinjiang region and other regions to take stock of the conditions of Chinese Muslims in general.

On July 5th [2009], Ihsanoglu has made hectic contacts with the Chinese government. On July 25th [2009], an OIC ministerial meeting in Damascus has called for continued contacts with the Chinese government in order to guarantee the legitimate rights' the Muslim Uighurs.