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Jornalist
02-06-06, 06:03
"Religious Intolerance and Discrimination"

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CHINA

Press briefing at the European Parliament on freedom of religion in China during the Dalai Lama's visit to Brussels
On Thursday 31st May, the (Buddhist, Muslim, Falun Gong) witnesses invited by Simon Coveney and HRWF Int. to the press briefing at the E.P. on the day before had a private lunch meeting at the Flemish Parliament with a number of deputies.

Afterwards, the Falun Gong victim was interviewed by VRT (Flemish Television).

Here below the text of the presentation of two of the three witnesses at the European Parliament.



Religious Freedom in East Turkestan

(Uighur Muslim)



My Testimony

(Falun Gong)



China still seems to be on another planet

(Article published by a Dutch journalist present at the press briefing)



1 June 2006





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CHINA



Religious Freedom in East Turkestan



Presentation at the European Parliament



Erkin Alptekin, President of the World Uyghur Congress (*)



HRWF Int. (01.06.2006) - Email: info@hrwf.net - Website: http://www.hrwf.org - The Uyghurs of East Turkestan, also known with its colonial name Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, continue to be a target of systematic religious intolerance and discrimination of the Chinese authorities for the last 55 years.



After occupying East Turkestan in 1949, under the pretext of socio-economic reform, 96.9 percent of Uyghurs were driven into 30,000 communes in order to destroy their traditional Islamic family bonds.



Under the pretext of cultural reform the traditional Arabic script, which the Uyghurs were using for more than thousand years, was eliminated and instead, Latin alphabet was adopted to suit the Chinese phonetics.



Under the pretext of remnants of the past, only in the city of Urumchi 370,000 copies of Koran were destroyed.



Under the pretext of unification of national education, all religious schools were banned and the Uyghur children were transferred to other primary schools where Marxism, Leninism and Maoism were taught.



Under the pretext that attendance of prayers hindered production, Uyghurs were prohibited from fulfilling their religious duties.



Throughout East Turkestan more than 29,000 mosques were closed and turned into barracks, stables, and slaughter houses.



More than 54,000 priests were arrested, tortured, used for forced labor or cleaning sewers.



At present, there are no private religious schools in East Turkestan and private religious instruction is banned. In official religious schools religion is taught only as a negative example with Marxist explanation of correct attitude.



Today there is a shortage of priests, Koran and building of new mosques is prohibited.



Today, the Muslims in East Turkestan do not have even one Islamic publication in their language.



Pilgrimage to Mekkah continued to be restricted by the Chinese authorities.



Since January 2006, the Chinese authorities have banned government officials, state employees, Party members, youth under the age of 18 and in some cases women from entering mosques.



Fasting in the month of Ramadan is also prohibited for the same group of people.



Chinas religious intolerance and discrimination against the Uyghurs is also well documented in a 114 page report released by Human Rights Watch and Human Rights Watch in China last year.



The reason for the particularly severe attack by the Chinese authorities on Islam is that it is regarded as a major shield to the Chinese Communist Party’s policy of assimilating the Uyghurs of East Turkestan. The Chinese authorities believe that before eliminating the belief they cannot assimilate the Uyghurs in order to realise their age-old policy of Da-Han-Zu-Cui meaning to create a One single great Chinese nation.



Uyghurs who are opposing this policy are arrested, tortured and even executed after being branded as seperatists, religious extremists or terrorists.



Despite concerns expressed by the international community, the Chinese authorities are continuing to use the war against international terrorism as an excuse to launch massive crackdown on Uyghurs.



As a result of the current policies of the Chinese authorities, the Uyghurs remain in a very hopeless, desperate and frustrated situation. This frustration can lead to grave consequences for all concerned, particularly the Uyghurs, because the Uyghur youth is growing up without being able to learn the essence of their religion. A well-known Uyghur religious leader in Central Asia recently said: If a Muslim would know the essence of his religion very well, he could never become a tool of international terrorists because well-informed people can make more responsible judgements about their own and world affairs, while ignorant people can be easily manipulated in directions threatening peace as a whole.



We should not forget the fact that East Turkestan has common borders with countries such as Kashmir and Afghanistan where fierce violence is taking place. This violence could fuel the rising tensions in East Turkestan.



May 30, 2006



(*) Former journalist with Radio Free Europe and Former General Secretary of the UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization)

http://www.uyghurcongress.org/En/news.asp?ItemID=1149236550

Unregistered
02-06-06, 07:26
"Religious Intolerance and Discrimination"

Table of contents



CHINA

Press briefing at the European Parliament on freedom of religion in China during the Dalai Lama's visit to Brussels
On Thursday 31st May, the (Buddhist, Muslim, Falun Gong) witnesses invited by Simon Coveney and HRWF Int. to the press briefing at the E.P. on the day before had a private lunch meeting at the Flemish Parliament with a number of deputies.

Afterwards, the Falun Gong victim was interviewed by VRT (Flemish Television).

Here below the text of the presentation of two of the three witnesses at the European Parliament.



Religious Freedom in East Turkestan

(Uighur Muslim)



My Testimony

(Falun Gong)



China still seems to be on another planet

(Article published by a Dutch journalist present at the press briefing)



1 June 2006





--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CHINA



Religious Freedom in East Turkestan



Presentation at the European Parliament



Erkin Alptekin, President of the World Uyghur Congress (*)



HRWF Int. (01.06.2006) - Email: info@hrwf.net - Website: http://www.hrwf.org - The Uyghurs of East Turkestan, also known with its colonial name Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, continue to be a target of systematic religious intolerance and discrimination of the Chinese authorities for the last 55 years.



After occupying East Turkestan in 1949, under the pretext of socio-economic reform, 96.9 percent of Uyghurs were driven into 30,000 communes in order to destroy their traditional Islamic family bonds.



Under the pretext of cultural reform the traditional Arabic script, which the Uyghurs were using for more than thousand years, was eliminated and instead, Latin alphabet was adopted to suit the Chinese phonetics.



Under the pretext of remnants of the past, only in the city of Urumchi 370,000 copies of Koran were destroyed.



Under the pretext of unification of national education, all religious schools were banned and the Uyghur children were transferred to other primary schools where Marxism, Leninism and Maoism were taught.



Under the pretext that attendance of prayers hindered production, Uyghurs were prohibited from fulfilling their religious duties.



Throughout East Turkestan more than 29,000 mosques were closed and turned into barracks, stables, and slaughter houses.



More than 54,000 priests were arrested, tortured, used for forced labor or cleaning sewers.



At present, there are no private religious schools in East Turkestan and private religious instruction is banned. In official religious schools religion is taught only as a negative example with Marxist explanation of correct attitude.



Today there is a shortage of priests, Koran and building of new mosques is prohibited.



Today, the Muslims in East Turkestan do not have even one Islamic publication in their language.



Pilgrimage to Mekkah continued to be restricted by the Chinese authorities.



Since January 2006, the Chinese authorities have banned government officials, state employees, Party members, youth under the age of 18 and in some cases women from entering mosques.



Fasting in the month of Ramadan is also prohibited for the same group of people.



Chinas religious intolerance and discrimination against the Uyghurs is also well documented in a 114 page report released by Human Rights Watch and Human Rights Watch in China last year.



The reason for the particularly severe attack by the Chinese authorities on Islam is that it is regarded as a major shield to the Chinese Communist Party’s policy of assimilating the Uyghurs of East Turkestan. The Chinese authorities believe that before eliminating the belief they cannot assimilate the Uyghurs in order to realise their age-old policy of Da-Han-Zu-Cui meaning to create a One single great Chinese nation.



Uyghurs who are opposing this policy are arrested, tortured and even executed after being branded as seperatists, religious extremists or terrorists.



Despite concerns expressed by the international community, the Chinese authorities are continuing to use the war against international terrorism as an excuse to launch massive crackdown on Uyghurs.



As a result of the current policies of the Chinese authorities, the Uyghurs remain in a very hopeless, desperate and frustrated situation. This frustration can lead to grave consequences for all concerned, particularly the Uyghurs, because the Uyghur youth is growing up without being able to learn the essence of their religion. A well-known Uyghur religious leader in Central Asia recently said: If a Muslim would know the essence of his religion very well, he could never become a tool of international terrorists because well-informed people can make more responsible judgements about their own and world affairs, while ignorant people can be easily manipulated in directions threatening peace as a whole.



We should not forget the fact that East Turkestan has common borders with countries such as Kashmir and Afghanistan where fierce violence is taking place. This violence could fuel the rising tensions in East Turkestan.



May 30, 2006



(*) Former journalist with Radio Free Europe and Former General Secretary of the UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization)

http://www.uyghurcongress.org/En/news.asp?ItemID=1149236550

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Unregistered
02-06-06, 12:19
qandaq bir sarang bu?
hey, siz sarangmu? kimni tillawatisiz?

Unregistered
02-06-06, 15:57
hey, siz sarangmu? kimni tillawatisiz?


Lalmini (lamani emes).