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Turkish civil organizations condemn China's harsh treatment of Uighur

At least 20 million Muslim Uighur's in China are forbidden to practise their religion and are exposed to oppression and violence, the Confederation of Turkish Tradesmen and Craftsmen (TESK) President said on Wednesday in Ankara. The some Turkish civil society organizations including Hak-Is Confederation, The Association of Independent Industrialists and Businessmen (MUSIAD), and The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) have declared joint press statement regarding to the latest violence incident against Uighur Muslims in China. Bendevi Palandoken, the president of the TESK, said that the latest eruption of violence on the first day of Ramadan resulted in the deaths of more than 30. The Chinese government had banned government employees and children from fasting.   Uighur are a Turkic-speaking Muslim ethnic minority group who constitute around 45 percent of the population of Xinjiang. They have accused the Chinese government of human rights violations and discrimination.

"We cannot remain silent on human rights abuses and injustice practice. Harsh treatments of Uighur Autonomous Region’s people have become a great persecution". Palandoken said.

He also drew attention to Chinese government’s mass death penalty against Uighurs that three people who found guilty of terrorism, separatism and murder were given the death sentence on May 27.

An "anti-terrorism" campaign -- focusing on Xinjiang, home to the Turkic Uighur Muslim ethnic group -- was launched by China’s central government May 23 and will be in effect until June 2015.

Human rights organizations, activists and analysts have said such restrictions have sparked violence in the mineral and oil-rich province for years, and that the Uighur have been subject to religious, cultural and language restrictions, which have helped fuel their demands for a separate state. 

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