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CAIR Condemns U.S. Chinese Embassy for Celebrating Uyghur Genocide on Twitter, Calls on Platform to Remove ‘Horrific’ Tweet

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/8/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the Chinese Embassy to the United States for celebrating its genocidal policies against Uighur Muslims in a post on Twitter and called on the social media corporation to remove the “horrific” tweet.

In a tweet on Thursday, the Chinese Embassy shared a state media report defending China’s oppression of Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic ethnic minorities in China by claiming that Muslim women in Xinjiang are “no longer baby-making machines” and that the decreased population growth the province led to a drop in terrorism. 

READ THE TWEET:  

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Chinese Embassy tweet about oppressed Muslims draws instant condemnation 

https://abc7chicago.com/chinese-embassy-tweet-about-oppressed-muslims-draws-instant-condemnation/9462921/

‘Horrifying Beyond Words’: China Embassy Tweet on Uighur Women Rebuked Online 

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/china-uighur-women-xinjiang-embassy-tweet-rebuked

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: 

“China’s fascist government is now openly admitting and celebrating its use of concentration camps, forced labor, forced sterilizations and abortions, and other forms of torture to eliminate an ethnic and religious minority. Leaders, nations and corporations around the world must take concrete action to end China’s genocide of Uyghur Muslims. Twitter can help by immediately deleting this horrific tweet and ensuring that foreign governments cannot use their platforms to justify or celebrate crimes against humanity.”

SEE ALSO: China cuts Uighur births with IUDs, abortion, sterilization https://apnews.com/article/269b3de1af34e17c1941a514f78d764c 

China forcing birth control on Uighurs to suppress population, report says 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-53220713

Uighur Muslim teacher tells of forced sterilisation in Xinjiang 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/04/muslim-minority-teacher-50-tells-of-forced-sterilisation-in-xinjiang-china

Last month, CAIR joined the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), Free Uyghur Now, and other global allies in a virtual press conference calling on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to join the international community in standing with Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic ethnic minorities. 

SEE: CAIR to Join U.S. Muslim Coalition in Questioning OIC’s Silence on China’s Abuses of Uyghur, Turkic Muslims  

CAIR ACTION ALERT: Urge Congress to Reject Attempts by Nike, Apple, Coca-Cola, Other Corporations to Weaken Forced Labor Legislation Cracking Down on China’s Abuse of Uyghur Muslims   

CAIR Welcomes Dept. of Labor Report Exposing Arbitrary Detention of Uyghurs, Other Muslim Minorities in China  

CAIR Action Alert: Urge Trump to Formally Designate China’s Oppression of Uyghur Muslims as ‘Genocide’  

According to human rights monitors, there are at least 1.8 million and as many as 3 million Uyghurs and other ethnic Turkic minorities that are being detained in concentration and forced labor camps. In these facilities, they are forced to renounce their faith, stripped of their human rights, and face torture and other abuses. Through mass detention, forced labor, and forced sterilization, the Chinese government is destroying the Uyghurs’ ethnic and religious identities.   

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.           

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.       

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com    

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