• Khalil Charles

Why is the world ignoring Muslim persecution?


Describing Muslims as: “Infiltrators” or “termites” in the soil of Bengal is the talk that could naturally be incitement to genocide. Amit Shah, the national President of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) went on to say: “The BJP Government will pick up the infiltrators one by one and throw them into the Bay of Bengal.”

Such terminology mirrors the language of the media outlets in Rwanda who referred to the Tutsis as “cockroaches” just before up to a million people were massacred. The World Convention of Genocide agrees that the act begins with "hate speech" targeted at a specific community and spread until every man, woman and child can be encouraged to participate in murder on a horrific scale.

Hate speech and violence against Muslims has been on the increase despite the fall of terror attacks on Western targets and since the disappearance of the so-called Islamic State. Noticeable is the silence of Muslim countries, with the exception of Turkey, that have not criticised China for its treatment of the Uighur people or Myanmar for it forced evacuation of the Rohingya.

The voices of the Rohingya, the Uighur and the Kashmiris are absence in the discussion about their future. Attempts by right groups to push the International Criminal Court in the case of Myanmar are underway, but life in the camps in Bangladesh, China and now in Indian occupied Kashmir for Muslims goes largely unreported.

Armed resistance against the years of mistreatment at the hands of the Myanmar government resulted in escalation of reprisal violence against Muslims. While in China, frustrations over the influx of Han Chinese into the Xinjiang Muslim homeland led to sporadic attacks and the internment of millions of Uighurs in concentration camps. In both instances, the armed resistance to oppression have been dismissed as "terrorism" linked to Al-Qaida terror group or the Islamic State.

Ataullah Abu Ammar Jununi, made it clear that his armed movement was established only in response to government and paramilitary abuses against the Rohingya community.“Our primary objective under ARSA is to liberate our people from dehumanised oppression perpetrated by all successive Burmese regimes,” he said.

Resistance fighters from the Uighur, however, found themselves in Guantanamo for some 12 years before being released without any proof of having committed a crime. But those 22 men serve as a reminder of a period when the United States viewed China less as a foe and more of a cooperative partner in trade and diplomacy, what analysts called a “responsible stakeholder”—and a moment in time when the U.S. government was complicit in the Uighur repression.

However, most recently, Pompeo has accused China of "being in a league of its own when it comes to human rights violations." The stern talk seem more to do with a series of disputes the two countries are engaged in ranging from President Donald Trump’s frustrations over trade to American accusations that Beijing allows the theft of American intellectual property rather than genuine concern for the plight of the Uighur.

Malaysia's Kuala Lumpar summit's attempt to understand the factors fuelling the rise in global Islamophobia and how best to address concerns diplomatically embarrassed Saudi Arabia whose King Salman reaffirmed in a phone call with Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir that such cases should only be discussed through the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a docile ineffectual talking shop.

Meanwhile, the curfew of Muslims in Indian occupied Kashmir continues with suspension of the internet to stifle opposition. The growing anti-Muslim sentiment has led to waves of attacks by Hindu on Muslims for cow offences and as Muslim persecution continues the rhetoric and hate speech intensified.


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