A seminar was held in Columbia, SC, to highlight the plight of Rohingyas, Uighurs and Kashmiris, on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Midlands Technical College. Keynote speaker at the event was Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, an internationally acclaimed human rights champion and Founder Chairman of Sound Vision.
The seminar that was attended by a large number of people from various faith communities and human rights activists, was sponsored by PICNA and co-sponsored by Carolina Peace Resource Center, USC Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace. Midlands Technical College supported the great humanitarian cause by providing their state of the art auditorium for the program.
The speaker, Imam Mujahid, has been fighting for the cause of oppressed people in the world for three decades. From Bosnia to Burma to Western China to Kashmir, Imam Mujahid has devoted his life to upholding justice and standing up for the persecuted minorities around the world.
ROHINGYAS - Originally citizens of Burma, they are expelled from their homeland. 1.1 Million of them now living in Bangladesh, form the largest refugee camp in the world.
UIGHURS - Living in the Eastern Turkistan/Western Chinese region of Xinjiang that is rich in natural resources, this Muslim minority is suffering the worst kind of persecution. 3 Million Muslim Uighurs have been sent by Chinese authorities to the largest concentration camps since the Nazis.
KASHMIR - In this Indian occupied territory dubbed as ‘a paradise on the earth’, 8 Million Kashmiris are being ‘controlled’ by 800,000 Indian troops - a ratio of 1 soldier to every 10 Kashmiris. Kashmiris have waged struggle fir self determination for over 70 years. Now for nearly four months, the whole of Indian occupied Kashmir has been under complete lockdown with no internet or phone call facility.
The most alarming element in these humanitarian crises is the common pattern of persecution and occupational tyranny being practiced in all regions under discussion. After his presentation, Imam Mujahid fielded questions from the audience about the plight of these oppressed communities. Many faith leaders who participated in this program, learnt for the first time about the harrowing details of the ordeal of these minorities.
‘It is inconceivable that in this time of relative awakening and enlightenment, certain countries should be able to get away with oppressing and enslaving their minorities with such impunity, simply on the basis of their global influence, sheer might and/or economic power’, said Chaudhry Sadiq, President of PICNA. First of its kind in South Carolina, this seminar created awareness about the humanitarian crises in the aforementioned regions.
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