Organization of the Islamic Conference expresses deep concern over deadly unrests in Xinjiang

July 7, 2009

The Jeddah-based Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) today expressed deep concern over the recent deadly unrests in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in China that resulted in the death of more than 140 people and injured more than 800 and is ready to extend assistance and to consult with the Government of China about efforts to create a climate of peace and stability in the region. 
The OIC Secretary General 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 and to take all possible measures to prevent its recurrence and to see to it that the victims are adequately compensated."

A spokesperson of Organization of Islamic Conference said "the great number of casualties among civilians indicates that the principle of proportionality of the use of force and fire arms was not observed. According to international basic principle on the use of force and fire arms, law enforcement officials should resort to non-lethal methods in confronting civilian riots. "

"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 spokesperson added.

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