Former German national soccer player Mesut Özil has denounced the silence of the majority Muslim states about the Uighur persecution in China. In a post in Turkish on the short message service Twitter, Özil wrote that in China "Korans were burned, mosques closed, Islamic schools banned" and criticized: "The Muslims are silent. Their voice is not heard."
Experts accuse China of massive human rights violations against the Uighurs in Xinjiang Province. Özil wrote that Western governments and the media are committed to the concerns of the Uyghurs. "In retrospect, it will not be remembered the torture by the tyrants, but the silence of the Muslim brothers" of the Uighurs, added the German athlete with Turkish roots.
According to human rights activists, more than a million Uighurs and other Muslims are in re-education camps by the Chinese authorities. After initially denying the existence of the camps in Beijing, the government now speaks of "vocational training centers" for deradicalization. Because of the Uighur violations of human rights, the US House of Representatives recently launched a bill to provide sanctions against senior Chinese government officials. The EU and Turkey have also recently been heavily criticized for dealing with the Uighurs in China.