Rugby Rugby star Sonny Bill Williams tweets in support of Uighurs

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Rugby China has repeatedly denied any mistreatment of Uighurs [Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters]

China has repeatedly denied any mistreatment of Uighurs [Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters]

Rugby league star and former All Blacks player Sonny Bill Williams has followed the lead of Arsenal footballer Mesut Ozil and issued a message of support for China’s ethnic minority Uighur Muslim community.

Williams, 34, converted to Islam in 2009. He left New Zealand rugby after the World Cup in Japan this year and joined Canadian-based British Super League club Toronto Wolfpack last month.

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Williams has used social media in the past to speak out on several social issues, including racism and inequality.

On Monday, he suggested greater pressure should be placed by countries on China for its treatment of the Uighurs.

“Its a sad time when we choose economic benefits over humanity #Uyghurs,” Williams wrote on Twitter.

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