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Kuwaiti MPs urge help for Uyghurs, Indian Muslims

Kuwaiti members of parliament attend the opening session of a new parliamentary term in Kuwait City on October 26, 2010 where the Emir of Kuwait gave a stern warning against political chaos and sectarian tensions that have hit the wealthy Gulf stat [YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images]
Kuwaiti members of parliament attend the parliamentary session in Kuwait City, Kuwait, 8 July 2018 [YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images]

Kuwaiti lawmakers have called on their government to intervene to stop persecution of Muslims in East Turkistan and India, Anadolu reports.

A group of 27 MPs signed a statement in which they underlined solidarity with Uyghur Muslims against China's systematic campaign against their community.

China is accused of carrying out repressive policies against the Turkic Muslim group, and restraining its religious, commercial and cultural rights.

Up to 1 million people, or about 7% of the Muslim population in the Xinjiang region, have been incarcerated in an expanding network of "political re-education" camps, according to US officials and UN experts.

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Human Rights Watch accused Beijing of carrying out a "systematic campaign of human rights violations" against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, in a report last September.

Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti lawmakers voiced concern over recent restrictions against Muslims in India.

Protests have erupted in India against a new law granting citizenship to Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Christians — but not Muslims — who migrated from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Activists have called the law discriminatory, fearing that it was aimed at disenfranchising Indian Muslims. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rejected such claims.

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