Uighur-Australians welcome global condemnation of China's detention centres

Sydney woman Fatimah Abdulghafur has not heard from her mother, father, and siblings for almost three years. SBS News

BY JESSICA WASHINGTON

Local Uighurs have welcomed Australia’s participation in a letter signed by 22 countries condemning China’s treatment of its Muslim ethnic minorities.

The letter – dated 8 July – was signed by Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Japan, and sent to the president of the United Nations' Human Rights Council.

“We call on China to uphold its national laws and international obligations and to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of religion or belief in Xinjiang and across China,” the letter said.

After years of tireless campaigning, Sydney woman Fatimah Abdulghafur is finally feeling optimistic.

“It makes me hopeful that what we are doing is working, that the world is finally seeing what is happening,” she told SBS News.

“This makes me feel safer, and proud of Australia. I feel happy for Uighur people. The Australian voice can count.”

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