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Malaysia not to extradite Uighurs seeking asylum

Oppression against Muslims worldwide, including Uighurs, must be acknowledged, says Malaysian premier

Zehra Nur Düz   | 27.12.2019
Malaysia not to extradite Uighurs seeking asylum

Ankara

ANKARA 

Malaysia will not send back Uighurs fleeing persecution in China, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed said Friday.

"If Uighurs are fleeing to Malaysia to seek asylum, Malaysia will not extradite them even if there is an application from China [to do so]," Malaysia's local news agency Malaysiakini quoted the prime minister as saying.

Underlining that Uighur Muslims are not "fairly protected" in their hometown, Mahathir said they should be granted the right to seek asylum in another country.

China is accused of carrying out repressive policies against the Turkic Muslim group and restraining its religious, commercial and cultural rights.

Up to 1 million people, or about 7% of the Muslim population in the Xinjiang region, have been incarcerated in an expanding network of "political re-education" camps, according to U.S. officials and UN experts.

Human Rights Watch accused Beijing of carrying out a "systematic campaign of human rights violations" against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, in a report last September.

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