As Chinese Defence Minister lands in Kathmandu, Muslims in Nepal throng streets with anti-China rants
Protestors, under the aegis of ‘Muslim Kalyankari Samaj’ carried banners, condemning atrocities against Muslim community in China
Even as Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe-led 21-member delegation was on Sunday making rounds of ‘Singh Darbar,’(which houses government secretariat in Kathmandu), meeting senior cabinet ministers of the K P Sharma Oli government, youth belonging to the Muslim community in Pokhra and other hill districts of Nepal were busy taking out rallies against China for its alleged human rights violation of Uighur Muslims in the country’s Xinjiang region.
Though Muslims in Nepal’s plane region have been agitating against China for quite some time for its alleged involvement in the human rights violation of Uighur Muslims, but it was for the first time Muslim youth in this small mountainous country resorted to protest rallies against Beijing when a very senior Chinese leader was visiting Kathmandu.
Protestors, under the aegis of ‘Muslim Kalyankari Samaj,’ in Pokhra carried banners, condemning atrocities against minority Muslim community in China. They also sent a memorandum to the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu. The memorandum written in the chaste Nepali language condemned human rights violations in China’s Xinjiang region.
It asked the Chinese government to immediately stop religious persecution of Uighur Muslims and provide them freedom to do fasting during Ramzan, while allowing male members of the Muslim community to keep beard, women to wear burka and freedom to assemble.
Earlier protests were held in Biratnagar and Siraha districts of Nepal under the leadership of Jamiat Ulama-e-Morang.
Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region have been incarcerated in an expanding network of “political re-education” camps, according to US officials and UN experts. However, China has regularly denied any mistreatment against Uighurs, stating camps have been built to provide vocational training.