The Indonesian Islamic University (UII) together with the University of Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY), Nahdlatul Ulama University (UNU) Yogyakarta, Universitas Aisyiyah (UNISA) Yogyakarta and the University of Alma Ata (UAA) voiced their opinions on Chinese Uighurs which have become international talks.

The five Islamic Universities in Yogyakarta assessed that the Chinese Government’s policy in Xinjiang in the form of a Strike Hard Against Violent Terrorism Campaign by establishing a political education camp has led to discriminatory actions and violence against ethnic Uighurs. The statement was delivered at the UII Campus, Jl. Cik Di Tiro No.1 Yogyakarta, on Saturday (12/22).

Present at the presentation of the statement of the Rector of UMY, Dr. Ir. Gunawan Budiyanto, M.P., UAA Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Hamam Hadi, MS., Sc.D., Sp.GK., Chancellor of UNISA, Warsiti, S.Kp., M.Kep., Sp.Mat and Chancellor of UII, Fathul Wahid, ST, M.Sc., Ph. D. who in this meeting read the manuscript statement before the media crew. In addition, from UII also appeared present the Director of Pusham, Eko Riyadi, S.H., M.H., and the Deputy Chancellors.

The first point in the statement, urged the United Nations organs, especially the Human Rights Council, to use the Special Procedure mechanism by appointing Independent Experts to conduct research and investigation (if needed), to collect all information regarding alleged discrimination and systematic violence carried out by the Government China against ethnic Uighurs.

Second, urging the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to continue its recommendations with effective actions in the form of Early Warning and Emergency Response Efforts by sending Ad Hoc Teams to carry out research and investigations regarding alleged discrimination and systematic violence carried out by the Chinese government against ethnic Uighurs.

Third, to encourage the Indonesian government, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs to send a clarification note on various developing reports relating to allegations of discrimination against ethnic Uighurs while sending messages of Indonesian public concern regarding the situation of the Uighur ethnic group.

The next statement invites all Indonesian people to jointly demonstrate solidarity by gathering resources in any form to help ease the burden of ethnic Uighurs, especially those in refugee camps. Finally, inviting all Indonesian people to respond to this problem critically, while still promoting the spirit of respect for human values.