The Role of Civil Society in Voicing the Support for the Uighurs

The civil society and humanitarian organizations are also seen to have the rights to stop the violence and the violations of the rights to worship against the Uighurs.

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Member of Aksi Cepat Tanggap's Board of Trustees Syuhelmaidi Syukur (left) and chairman of Forum Jurnalis Islam (right) during a Media Discussion entitled "Exposing Human Rights Violations Against the Uighurs" in Jakarta, Friday (12/20).

ACTNews, JAKARTA – The civil society that concerns about human rights-related cases is seen as having a role in voicing the support for the Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, as stated by Amnesty International researcher Papang Hidayat, Friday (12/20) in Jakarta.

Papang said that the role could also be represented by humanitarian agencies that already have global experience and connections such as Aksi Cepat Tanggap. "As a result of systemic discrimination from China, some of them (the Uighurs) emigrated looking for asylum. When they leave their homes, they live a very minimalist life. That's where I think ACT plays an important role," Papang told ACTNews.

Papang thinks that the role of humanitarian agencies that have global connections, including about the Uighur issue, can be an intermediary to convey the support from the society. "ACT can actually become an anchor because it has connections," he said. According to Papang, ACT can replicate the experience when dealing with hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who came out of Rakhine to Cox’s Bazar in 2017.

Member of ACT’s Board of Trustees Syuhelmaidi Syukur said that so far ACT has continued to carry out humanitarian actions to support the life of the Uighurs. Since 2017, ACT has assisted Uighur diasporas who have fled to Turkey, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. "In the context of humanitarianism, we assist the Uighur orphans in their respective host countries as a form of care and support," Syuhelmaidi said. The assistance provided by ACT includes scholarships, teachers’ allowance, life support for children and families of orphans, qurbani distribution and winter assistance.

Syuhelmaidi hopes that support for the Uighurs who receive discrimination does not stop at humanitarian assistance. ACT also invites all parties who have the expertise in the field of human rights to solve the Uighur problem up to its root. So that such case will not happen again, but it’s all finished. We support the Uighurs as we support the rights of the Palestinian population and Rohingya refugees," Syuhelmaidi stressed.

According to Amnesty International's research, systemic human rights violations have been committed by the Chinese government against Uighur Muslim minority. The research stated that approximately one million people, mostly Muslims of Uighur, Tajik, and Kazakh ethnicities were being held in camps which the Chinese government called the reeducation camp. Indonesia is expected to take a role related to the enforcement of human rights in the international world, given that Indonesia also has a legal basis of Law Number 39 of 1999 concerning Human Rights. []