(WASHINGTON, DC – 1/11/2021) The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed Twitter’s decision to remove a “horrific” statement celebrating the ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims posted by the Chinese Embassy to the United States.
Last Thursday, China’s U.S. Embassy posted 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 in the province led to a drop in terrorism.
CAIR and other organizations condemned the tweet as an admission and celebration of genocide, and called on Twitter to remove the post, which the social media platform did on Saturday.
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In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“We welcome Twitter’s decision to stand up to China by removing this horrific post, which celebrated the Chinese government’s ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims, including forced sterilizations and abortions carried out in concentration camps. Twitter did the right thing in this case, and now leaders and nations around the world must do the same by taking concrete action to end China’s genocide of Uyghur Muslims.”
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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.
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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.
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com