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Malaysia this week ignored China’s requests to deport 11 members of the Muslim ethnic minority to China.
The southeast Asian country sent them to Turkey instead. Beijing on Friday said “we resolutely oppose” that decision.
Malaysia’s decision made it the second Muslim ally of China to criticize Beijing’s repression of the Uighur minority.
The Malaysian prime minister has stood up to China in the past. Last month he cancelled $22 billion worth of China-backed projects in his country, saying “we don’t need” them.

Malaysia defied China in its attempts to persecute its Uighur Muslim ethnic minority, and Beijing is furious.

The Muslim-majority, southeast Asian country on Thursday freed from detention 11 Uighurs whom Beijing requested to be extradited to China, and sent them to Turkey instead, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing the unnamed Uighurs’ lawyer.

Fahmi Moin, the lawyer, told Reuters: “The charges were withdrawn because the attorney general’s chambers agreed to the [appeal] from our side.”

China subjects Uighurs to one of the most brutal and intrusive surveillance measures in the world, which include being on a registry of DNA samples and blood types, and tracked by some 40,000 facial recognition cameras across the western Chinese region of Xinjiang, where 11 million Uighurs live.

China’s foreign ministry told Reuters in a statement on Friday: “These people are all Chinese nationals. We resolutely oppose them being deported to a third country.”

Malaysia’s decision made it the second Muslim ally of China to criticize Beijing’s repression of the Uighur minority.

Last month Pakistan warned that Beijing’s regulation of Uighur activity fuels extremism rather than counter terrorism, directly challenging China’s justification of its Uighur crackdown — which is that it is discoruaging people from religious extremism and terrorism.

Leaders of the Muslim world had been deafeningly silent as more and more reports of China’s repression of Uighurs emerged over …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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