Uyghur group says community is facing intimidation, harassment in France at the hands of China


A Uyghur organization in France has alleged it is facing intimidation and harassment amounting to repression by the Chinese state.

The European Uyghur Institute (IODE) said that acts of intimidation stepped up during the visit to France earlier this month of Chinese President Xi Jinping, reported Euractiv.

Beijing is behind acts of intimidation, harassment and repeated threats towards members of the Uyghur diaspora in France, as well as towards people backing the Uyghurs cause, it said in a statement as quoted by Euractiv.

Such acts are multiplying and growing more systematic at a worrying speed, it added.

The IODE said that international repression intensified at the time of President Xi Jinpings official visit to France in early May.

The President went to France to mark 60th year of celebration of diplomatic ties between Beijing and Paris.

Who are Uyghur Muslims?

Uyghur Muslims are a Turkic minority ethnic group originating from and culturally affiliated with the general region of Central and East Asia.

The Uyghurs are recognized as native to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the Peoples Republic of China.



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