The Chinese judicial system has convicted three people for crimes committed during riots in Urumqi, captial of Xinjiang Upper Autonomous region several months ago. Media reports indicated that mobs both of the Muslim faith and inhabitants who were classified as Han Chinese engaged one another in physical violence that resulted in the death of dozens of people. For some obvious reason, all those now on trial for the crimes are Muslims and there are none who are Han. According to Chinese authorities, the defendants are admitting their guilt and pleading for forgiveness from the relatives of slain individuals. Perhaps, in riots involving thousands of people in which hundreds died, only Muslim inhabitants were the rioters and only Han Chinese were the victims.
It is time for China to address its anti-Muslim policies and cease blaming Muslim inhabitants for seeking their basic right of freedom of religion.