…Unlike the Serbian genocide of Bosniaks — when many Muslim countries supported the people of Bosnia and western nations eventually intervened with military force — numerous nations today, including some Muslim majority-nations, have either ignored or publicly expressed support for China’s policies toward the Uyghurs. In 2019, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation commended China for “providing care to its Muslim citizens.” It is perhaps telling that Bosnia was one of two Muslim countries that officially condemned China at the United Nations.
By ignoring or legitimizing China’s genocide of the Uyghurs, corporations and countries that pledge support for human rights have betrayed their claims and the memory of those whose lives were lost to the Serbian genocide and anti-Muslim bigotry. Such an attitude toward the suffering of millions of Muslims at the hands of a tyrannical government shows that much of the world has learned nothing from Srebrenica.
We owe it to the victims of the Bosnian genocide to fight back against the violent persecution of Muslims worldwide today, including in China.
Ismail Allison is a researcher with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.