China and US clash over Uyghurs at UN Islamophobia event

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March 14, 2023 | Middle East Eye | By Simon Hooper, Umar A Farooq

But Omer Kanat, executive director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, a Washington-based advocacy organisation, told Middle East Eye that China was trying to “fool the world” about its treatment of the Uyghurs.

Kanat said: “It’s not an open debate: Uyghurs are under assault for their Muslim and ethnic identity. If China’s UN diplomats think they can fool the world, they are wrong.

“China’s Islamophobia includes torture of imams and detention of their entire families. At least 800,000 Uyghur children have been stolen from their families and put in government boarding schools to teach them to love the Communist Party and hate Islam. If China’s atrocity crimes are not Islamophobia, what is?”

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