Thursday, 27 February 2020

Indonesia Will Not Intervene in Uighur Muslim Issues: Govt



Markus Wisnu Murti

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  • Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko. TEMPO/Dewi Nurita

    Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko. TEMPO/Dewi Nurita

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaPresidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said the Indonesian government would not intervene in the issues of Uighur Muslims in China.

    “Each country has its jurisdiction to manage its own citizens. So the government will not interfere with China's home affairs,” Moeldoko asserted at his office, Monday, December 23.

    A few days ago, several Islamic organizations including Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah as well as the Indonesia Ulema Council were invited to Xinjiang to directly observe the conditions of the Muslim minorities.

    Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nashir stressed that a country must uphold justice, both in the contexts of bilateral and global ties. “We urge Indonesia to convey its firm stance,” said Haedar in Yogyakarta, Sunday, December 21.

    Haedar opined that Indonesia must adhere to the 1945 Constitution, especially about the principle of upholding world peace and order based on independence and social justice.

    However, Moeldoko stated that the government would not meddle in other countries’ affairs. “I think that these are international standards that we cannot interfere with the foreign affairs of a country," he said in response to the Uighur issues.