England’s Premier League club Arsenal star Mesut Ozil on Friday accused Muslims of staying silent over what he called China’s persecution of Uyghurs in Xinjiang as reported by A News.
On his Instagram account, the Turkish international wrote under the headline,
“East Turkistan: Bleeding Wound of Islamic Ummah,” calling Uyghurs “warriors who resist persecution…
Glorious believers who put up a fight alone against these who forcefully move people away from Islam.”
In China, he wrote: “Qurans are burned… Mosques were closed down… Islamic theological schools, Madrasahs were banned … Religious scholars were killed one by one … Despite all this, Muslims stay quiet.”
“Don’t they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself? The honorable Ali, son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, says,
‘If you cannot prevent persecution, expose it,” he added.
China is accused of carrying out repressive policies against the Uyghurs, a Turkic Muslim group, and restraining their religious, commercial and cultural rights.
China’s Xinjiang region is home to around 10 million Uyghurs. The Turkic Muslim group, which makes up around 45% of Xinjiang’s population, has long accused China’s authorities of cultural, religious and economic discrimination.
Up to one million people, or about 7% of the Muslim population in Xinjiang, have been incarcerated in an expanding network of “political re-education” camps, according to U.S. officials and UN experts.
In a report last September, Human Rights Watch accused the Chinese government of carrying out a “systematic campaign of human rights violations” against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.