Dhaka [Bangladesh]October 23: As many as 74 percent of Bangladeshi citizens believe that the Chinese government is oppressive against Uyghur Muslims while 24 percent believe that they are persecuted only because of their religious identity, according to a survey.
This survey was released by Dhaka University’s Center for Genocide Studies this month. The opinions of 5,200 Bangladeshis were taken in a survey titled “National Image of China” in Bangladesh.
This negative perspective of the Chinese government emerged in a survey on relations between Bangladesh and China, which examined various aspects of diplomatic relations.
People from 32 districts, 8 divisional cities and 12 metropolitan cities of Bangladesh participated in the survey. Among them, 66 percent were men and 34 percent were women.
According to survey data, 21 percent of people in Bangladesh do not know anything about Uyghur Muslims. And only 2 percent think that it is false propaganda from the West, 15 percent think that it is mainly an internal matter of China. 10 percent of people think that a united society is being created there.
Li Ziming, the Chinese ambassador to Dhaka, said that the Western media is spreading false propaganda about Uyghur Muslims because the Chinese government does not favor any particular religion or caste.
He also said that not only Muslims live in the Uighurs of China. “There are Muslims living in other parts of China, but there is no question about those Muslims.” He also commented that only Uyghur Muslims are being deliberately misled.
Imtiaz Ahmed, professor of the international relations department of Dhaka University and director of Center for Genocide Studies, said that this survey was conducted to know what the common people of Bangladesh think about China.
China’s Xinjiang province is home to 1.2 million Uighur Muslims. International human rights organizations have complained that various types of oppression are being carried out against these Muslims.
Even several human rights organizations have marked serious violations of human rights in Xinjiang. However, China continued to deny such accusations. (agencies)