OIC calls upon Chinese government to carry out transparent investigation of incident in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 6 / Trend , U.Sadikhova /
The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) expressed its deep concern on the recent incident and use of disproportionate force that caused death of 140 people and 800 injured civilian casualties which took place in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China (also known as East Turkistan) and called upon the Government of China to carry out prompt, effective and transparent investigation of the this greave incident and bring those responsible to quick justice, the press release of the organization says.
The riots occurred in the administrative center of the city of Urumqi on Sunday evening. According to eyewitnesses, the fighting involved burning shops and cars, looting, RIA Novosti reported.
The OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu also called upon the Government of China to take all possible measures to prevent its recurrence and to see to it that the victims are adequately compensated.
According to the police, currently several hundreds of participants of the riots, including more than ten people, which police considers the key figures of the riots, were detained.
The Agency notes that now the order in the city has been largely restored, but many shops are closed, police units patrol the streets.
As formerly reported, the protesters in Urumqi expressed dissatisfaction with the recent deaths of two Uighurs in clashes of workers in toy factory in Guangdong province.
According to Chinese police, the instigator of the current disorder was the World Uighur Congress, led by Rebiya Kadeer. According to Chinese sources, exactly he directs the action from abroad.
The Islamic world is expecting from China, a major and responsible power in the world arena with historical friendly relations with the Muslim world, to deal with the problem of Muslim Minority in China in broader perspective that tackles the root-causes of the problem, the press release says.
The OIC is ready to extend assistance and to consult with the Chinese Government about efforts to create a climate of peace and stability in the region.
An extremist group "East Turkistan" functions in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, which acts for the establishment of Muslim state in the territory of several countries. Chinese Government considers it a terrorist organization, relying on the support of foreign terrorist organizations. Formerly China announced the links of "Eastern Turkistan" with Al Qaeda.
According to official data, about 10.6 million various nationalities of China, many of whom practice Islam, reside in the region.