A Spiritual Silence On China’s Genocidal Regime

The following religious leaders are utterly silent on China’s genocidal persecution of Tibetans in occupied Tibet and Uyghurs in occupied east Turkistan (so-called Xinjiang region)


Grand Imam of al-Azhar


A Spiritual Silence On China's Genocidal Regime
Ahmad al-Tayyeb

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Regarded by some as the highest authority in Sunni Islamic thinking, the present incumbent, Ahmad al-Tayyeb has offered no words of concern or opposition on China’s genocidal assault against his Uyghur Muslim brothers and sisters.


Primate Of The Russian Orthodox Church


A Spiritual Silence On China's Genocidal Regime
Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev

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Mr Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev like his political colleagues within the Kremlin is completely silent on the odious excesses of the Chinese regime and has not spoken a word of concern on the terrorism being inflicted upon the Uyghurs.


The Pope


A Spiritual Silence On China's Genocidal Regime
Pope Francis

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His church cut a secret deal with the Chinese regime in a what has proved to be a failed effort to protect Catholics in China. That arrangement required from the Vatican silence on issues such as the plight of Tibetans and Uyghurs.


Chief Rabbinate Council Of Israel


A Spiritual Silence On China's Genocidal Regime
Chief Rabbinate Council Of Israel

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This body, headed by the Rabbis of various Jewish schools, has neither condemned or opposed the brutal tyranny waged against the Uyghur people.


Archbishop Of Canterbury


A Spiritual Silence On China's Genocidal Regime
Justin Welby

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The Church Of England is deeply enmeshed within the British political establishment. The current office-holder Justin Welby has like his Catholic colleague, remained tight-lipped on the persecution of Uyghurs.


Moderator Of The Church Of Scotland


A Spiritual Silence On China's Genocidal Regime
Martin Fair

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Martin Fair, like his predecessors refuses to comment on China’s vicious oppression of the Uyghurs, or indeed offer any concern on the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh offering a fellowship to Professor Jiang Hiefu. An individual with close links to China’s forced-organ removal atrocities.

There’s numerous reasons for the ghastly silence of these supposedly compassionate and spiritual figures, in essence though their refusal to speak out against China is a result of political and economic forces. Be that a shared political ideology with China’s regime, trade considerations; or in the case of the Vatican naive and misguided collaboration, the result is complicity.

Arsenal FC And English Premier League In The Pocket Of China’s Regime

Arsenal FC And English Premier League In The Pocket Of China's Regime

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Like the rest of the corporate world England’s premier soccer teams feed from the trough of China’s regime. Chinese money and with it a corrosive influence is increasingly funding English clubs, as witnessed by pitch-side commercials, shirt branding and Chinese language fan sites. Teams are also investing inside China, seeking to maximize their commercial footprint. The potential profits ensure an active collusion from soccer’s elite who close their eyes to China‘s dark record of human rights violations, censorship and forced labor-camps.

Arsenal FC And English Premier League In The Pocket Of China's Regime
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So desperate are clubs to nurture and maintain positive relations with China, that like many governments, they signal to the Chinese regime that they will not permit concerns on human rights to interfere with their lucrative corporate objectives. When presented with criticism on this they employ the classic excuse of declaring themselves as being non-political. Which is a joke since their collaborative silence in knowledge of persecution and oppression is a conscious decision very much defined by politics!

Arsenal FC And English Premier League In The Pocket Of China's Regime
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Against this background of craven appeasement, yesterday, we noted the comments of the Arsenal player, Mesut Özil who posted on Instagram

“East Turkistan, the bleeding wound of the Ummah, resisting against the persecutors trying to separate them from their religion. They burn their Qurans. They shut down their mosques. They ban their schools. They kill their holy men. The men are forced into camps and their families are forced to live with Chinese men. The women are forced to marry Chinese men. But Muslims are silent. They won’t make a noise. They have abandoned them. Don’t they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself?”.

Arsenal FC And English Premier League In The Pocket Of China's Regime
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We applaud and respect the integrity and conviction of this player to add his voice and status to give greater exposure to the cultural genocide waged against the Uyghur people. He is right to draw attention to the apathy of fellow Muslims, yet such callous indifference and silence is not restricted to the followers of Islam. Western governments and Non-Governmental Organizations such as United Nations Women and UNCSW are silent on the harrowing abuses being forced upon Uyghurs.

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What of his club Arsenal? What’s their response? Within hours of his online comments they posted a statement on a number of prominent Chinese social-media platforms, including Weibo in which they stated:

“Regarding the comments made by Mesut Özil on social media, Arsenal must make a clear statement…The content published is Özil’s personal opinion. As a football club, Arsenal has always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics.”.

That grovelling appeasement may not be sufficient to satisfy the extreme nationalism of Chinese opinion, engineered by years of state imposed indoctrination. As in other recent cases were corporations have been required to issue apologies it may well be that Arsenal will be issuing further statements, would they if pushed release Mesut Özil? You betcha!

Arsenal FC And English Premier League In The Pocket Of China's Regime

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In collaborating with China’s regime; ignoring the atrocities and misery inflicted upon Uyghurs, Tibetans, Mongolians, Manchurians and the Han Chinese people, premier league clubs such as Arsenal are very much engaged in politics. Their collective silence is nothing less than a willing complicity!

China Threatening Tibetans With Starvation And Homelessness If They Fail To Denounce Buddhism

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First they invade your country, then place an army of occupation to suppress your resistance. Next they encourage and facilitate mass-colonization so that increasingly your land becomes dominated by foreign occupiers. Under the disguise of development the language of your oppressor is forced upon your children at school, internet television and radio broadcast in a foreign tongue. Without that language you are deprived and marginalized. Your traditions and culture is increasingly targeted as being in need of reform and modernization.

As part of such a process you and your family, along with countless others are rounded up and forced to live in concentration settlements, you are given basic handouts of fuel and food. No longer are you free living under the stars in harmony with the land and animals that you kept, you are now dependent on the crumbs offered by your tyrant. Having endured the misery of such an existence you are then ordered to renounce the traditions and religion which define your cultural and national identity. If you fail to comply the meager handouts you now are completely reliant upon are withdrawn, hunger and cold ensure obedience. This is occupied Tibet, this the calculated terrorism waged by the Chinese regime!

January 21 2019 report here: http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=41106&t=1