LEADERS of the Australian Uyghur community yesterday called on Canberra to grant asylum to their 17 kinsmen detained in Guantanamo Bay, many of whom have families already settled here.
Australian Uyghur Association president Husan Hasan and secretary Ala, who did not wish to reveal his first name, said the Guantanamo detainees were not terrorists but fighting for the freedom of their land, East Turkestan, from Chinese rule.
* Gee, where did I hear that one before? Don’t they always fight for their freedom to make our their land Islamic?/ed
The Uyghurs are a Muslim Turkic race whose land is now the Xinjiang province in northwest China.
Australia has the third-largest Uyghur community outside China, with almost 2000 refugees settling here over the past 15 years, with the biggest group in Adelaide. The AUA is organising a petition in support of settling the Guantanamo detainees in Australia. Â Why? How did they get in?
Mr Ala said the Uyghur community was a thriving one with the resources and commitment to provide financial and psychological support to the men. Thriving on what? On the dole?
“We feel we have a moral obligation to help people who are suffering in Guantanamo Bay … because we all know the suffering of any political limbo, and psychological limbo,” he said. Â No, we don’t. Because if we do, our kids will have to fight them before they make our THEIR land Islamic…
“It’s not an easy decision for Australia to make because of its close relationship with China, but I would like to suggest that Australia should not forget the fundamental value of human rights … If to fight against terrorism is a global issue, then to help the victims of this war is also a global issue, and a very deep moral issue that the wholeÂ of humanity should find some solution to.” “The whole of humanity”- for Muslims means Muslims only. Because unbelievers are the vilest of creatures…
Transcripts of interviews with the detainees say the men were captured in Pakistan after they fled from the US bombing of Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Why were they in Pakistan? What were they doing in Afghanistan in the first Place?
One detainee, Hozaifa Parhat, said he received weapons training at an Uyghur camp at Tora Bora in Afghanistan, but denied that al-Qa’ida or the Taliban funded it.Â
“In China, there is torture and too much pressure on the Uyghur people. Recently, they laid off a lot of Uyghur people and filled all the jobs with immigrant Chinese,” he says. Could it be because Muslims cannot be trusted? Or are they simply incompetent?
“In the future, what will our next generation do? How will they survive? That is why I left my country to try to get something, get back and liberate my people and get our country independence. That is the reason we went to Afghanistan.” Â Islamic Liberation? What kind of BS is that?
Mr Ala said China was using the war on terror as justification to suppress the Uyghurs in China and vilify them abroad.
Amnesty International reports that China successfully lobbied the US to list the East Turkestan Islamic Movement on its list of terrorist organisations, which was later endorsed by the UN.
Amnesia Intentional is Muslim controlled just like the UN.
Rudd won’t accept Uyghur Gitmo detainees
A campaign co-ordinator at Amnesty International Australia, Sophie Peer, said the US, which has the largest Uyghur community outside China, should be settling the detainees but failing that, the organisation would welcome the Australian Government offering asylum.
No way. Get stuffed!
The Weekend Australian says the Australian government has been warned by Beijing not to take the 17 former terror suspects, who the US have cleared but refuse to send home for fear of their torture and possible execution.
Beijing has made at least two approaches to the Rudd government not to accept the group of Muslims from northwestern China, known as Uyghurs, the paper says.
One was at a meeting in Canberra about three weeks ago, involving Australian and Chinese diplomats.
It came as the Foreign Ministry in Beijing stressed publicly its opposition to any resettlement of the Uyghurs.
“We have said on many occasions that the 17 terrorist suspects detained at the US military base of Guantanamo are members of the Eastern Turkestan Islamic Movement, which is listed as a terrorist group by the UN Security Council,” a spokesman said.