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Do as I Say Not as I Do?

In Foreign Affairs, human rights, off-beat, stupidity on July 10, 2009 by Editor Z

The hypocrisy here is so wonderful yet so disturbing I just had to post this separate from the usual Iran Wrap up that I do once every few days.

Though the Iranian government has showcased their brutality, have allegedly rigged an election, and are a theocratic state that has always sought to curb rights of expression, and political activism of its citizens. They are suddenly disturbed by the repression of the Chinese against the Uigher Muslims and the violence between Uighers and the Chinese government backed Han in the northwestern area of China.

Iran has voiced concern over the recent clashes in China’s northwestern province of Xinjiang where up to 150 people have been killed.

The policies of the government in Beijing have encouraged an increase in the Han population in the northwestern Chinese territory of Xinjiang.

As a result of the policies, the balance of the population in the region has been upset and acts of violence have emerged against the Muslim Uighurs.

In a telephone conversation with Secretary General of the 56-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki voiced Iran’s support for “the rights of Chinese Muslims”.


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