Stop Chinese Government’s Inhumane Treatment towards the Uyghurs

One Million Innocent Uyghur People in Nazi Style Chinese Concentration Camps Now

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China: Stop Collecting DNA from Entire Uyghur Population

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Torchlight Uyghur Group

Uyghur people have lived under the state policies of ethnic discrimination and assimilation since our homeland, East Turkestan (called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in present-day China), was occupied by the Communist Chinese in 1949. Over time, the communist regime changed the way of treating the Uyghurs to severe oppression, and the Uyghurs have been living as the second-class citizens in their own homeland ever since.  However since July 2009 after the July 5th 2009 massacre in Urumchi, the capital of East Turkestan, the Chinese government has stepped up their repressive policies towards the Uyghurs until today Uyghurs are living in a situation of state terror. This state terrorism reached its peak when Chen Quanguo took office as the Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in East Turkestan.  Under the heavy-handed rule of Chen Quanguo, all Uyghurs are now being treated like criminals, and all Uyghurs with religious faith are now being treated like terrorists. One of the prominent aspects of such treatments is the collection of the DNA data of the entire Uyghur population in East Turkestan without legal protection and without the knowledge of the people whose DNA is being collected.

 

It was reported by various media sources in 2017 that the local government in East Turkestan had spent more than 10 million dollars to purchase 12 DNA sequencers to test and analyze DNA samples. Some of them are ‘next generation’ DNA sequencers, which could be used to determine ancestry, eye color and other physical characteristics from genetic samples. Several biologists estimated that, if used at full capacity, the new equipment could be used to profile up to 10,000 DNA samples a day and several million a year. We have learned from several witnesses who fled China recently and also from some Chinese media reports that the local government has already started the collection of the DNA samples from a large number of Uyghurs, and the Chinese authorities are planning to continue this process until the DNA samples of all Uyghurs are collected.

Many countries use DNA fingerprinting to solve and prevent crimes, but most Uyghurs living abroad are extremely worried about how the DNA is being collected in East Turkestan. In March of 2017, Chinese state media detailed the conclusion of a 4-month program during which 17.5 million people – who were predominantly Uyghurs – were given health checks, including blood tests. Last year, other reports emerged that most of the people who underwent these examinations had been forced to do so.

The whole Uyghur population in East Turkestan is currently under attack from all directions by the communist Chinese regime. One reason is that East Turkestan is a key strategic point in China’s “One-Belt, One-Road (OBOR)” initiative, and the whole Uyghur population has become an inconvenience for that initiative.  It is not clear where or when this will end, or if it ends at all.  More than 10% of the Uyghur population is currently being held illegally in jails, political “re-education” concentration camps and orphanages (http://chn.ge/2CAIJFR, http://chn.ge/2Dw8YAU ). We were told that the largest construction project currently underway in East Turkestan is the building of new jails and new concentration camps throughout its territory (http://www.xjjsxx.com/zhaobiaogonggao/2017/0914/2032.html). Some international organizations such as Human Rights Watch warned that the collection of the Uyghurs’ DNA could be used as a way for the authorities to intensify their political control. But, because the Uyghurs have no legal representation and virtually no institutional support in China, the Chinese government is practically unrestricted in conducting any type of human experiments on the Uyghur people.  For that reason, many Uyghurs living abroad are worried that the biodata of the entire Uyghur people might be used for something far worse, such as to selectively harvest the organs of the Uyghurs, as thousands of Uyghurs have already been disappeared behind “the black gate” of the Chinese mass detention system.

We, the Torchlight Uyghur Group, appeal to the United Nations, foreign governments and all international humanitarian and human rights organizations to demand the Chinese government stop the collection of DNA and the other biodata of the whole Uyghur population, and to disclose to the world what they are truly doing with the Uyghurs’ DNA data that they have already collected.

We, the Uyghurs, are powerless and helpless at the moment. As such, we are unable to defend ourselves against the Chinese government’s atrocities and cannot fight this battle for our survival alone. We need the support of the global community. If tens of thousands of people from around the world sign our petition, it may be possible that the United Nations will make a commitment and will act to stop the tragedy that the Uyghur people are facing today.

Please join us in our fight to end the appalling atrocities happening in East Turkestan. Please sign and share this petition. Thank you!

 

 

The Chinese Communist Regime is Currently Committing Ethnic Genocide on the Uyghurs in East Turkestan

Torchlight Uyghur Group

(Last updated on April 24, 2018)

Abstract

The Uyghurs are the indigenous people of East Turkestan located in the Central Asia. East Turkestan has been under occupation by the communist Chinese since 1949. It borders China and Mongolia to the east, Russia to the north, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to the west and southwest, and Tibet to the south. The landmass of East Turkestan is bigger than the whole of Western Europe. Its colonial name is “Xinjiang”, which means “the new territory” or “the new frontier.” China officially designated the East Turkestan an Uyghur autonomous region in 1955, but in reality it has never become a true autonomous region.  After the 2010 Chinese census, the Chinese government put the number of the Uyghur population in East Turkestan to be 10,000,370, but some Uyghur sources put the real population of Uyghurs around 20 million. The systematic assimilation of the Uyghurs as part of the Chinese government’s national strategy has been going on for a long time, but it had intensified since July 2009, after the July 5th massacre that took place in Urumchi, the capital of East Turkestan, and has become an ethnic genocide policy since Chen Quanguo took office as the Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in East Turkestan.  In this report, we describe some of the facts about such ethnic genocide practices currently being faced by the Uyghur people in East Turkestan.

Map of East Turkestan

1. Contacts between the uyghurs in east turkestan and abroad have been cutoff

At the moment, several types of contacts, including money sending-receiving, between the Uyghurs in East Turkestan and in China, and those abroad are completely cut-off.  Also, most Uyghurs abroad cannot call and/or send text messages to parents and siblings back home due to the fear that their loved ones be put either in jails or Nazi-style “political re-education concentration camps”, because of the fact that the parents and/or close relatives of many Uyghurs living abroad are being held either in jails or in “re-education camps” in East Turkestan, for no reason other than their relatives being abroad.  We have recently learned from some sources back home that the number of the Uyghurs currently being held in jails and in “re-education camps” is more than 800,000.  This is an official estimate and actual number could be much higher than this.  We have also learned that the Uyghurs who travelled to one of the 26 Muslim countries in Chinese government’s list and returned to China, regardless of their age and gender, are being sentenced to 10 years of jail time right at the airport and being taken directly to a jail from the airport. We have credible information about several cases involving actual victims as mentioned above.  Chinese exiled billionaire Guo Wengui exposed Chinese regime’s abuse of the Uyghurs and said: “To speak honestly, people always say Chinese citizens are treated like pigs and dogs, but the people of Xinjiang and Tibet don’t even have the opportunity to be treated like pigs and dogs. I feel great pity for them.”

The current situation is severely damaging the mental health and wellbeing of the Uyghur people abroad. Some students studying abroad have reached to a level of mental breakdown, without being able to pay their tuitions and living costs, and without being able to know if their parents and/or siblings are still alive – most Uyghurs abroad have not been able to communicate even once with their parents and/or siblings in East Turkestan for more than 8 months.  The Uyghur people outside China started the year of 2018 with deep frustration, worries, fear and depression, because they have no way of knowing the current status of, or getting news about their parents and siblings: If they are still alive or dead, and if they are in prison or in concentration camps.

As part of the Uyghurs studying and living abroad, we ask the Chinese government to stop its inhuman policies forced upon the Uyghurs in East Turkestan, China, and abroad.  We demand the Chinese government to:

  1. Close the “political re-education camps”; they are in violation of the China’s relevant laws and the relevant international laws and regulations;
  2. Stop the policy that prohibits the Uyghurs in East Turkestan to travel a foreign country and the Uyghurs abroad to travel to East Turkestan;
  3. Guarantee that the Uyghurs abroad can receive money from, send money to and communicate with their parents and/or siblings in East Turkestan;
  4. Stop the surveillance of the Uyghurs who have relatives abroad, and allow them to communicate with relatives overseas;
  5. Stop the surveillance and the remote control of the Uyghurs living abroad;
  6. Stop examining the home computers and mobile phones of all the Uyghurs living in East Turkestan;
  7. Stop the arbitrary search of Uyghur homes, and mandatory assignment of Han-Chinese “relatives” to every Uyghur family.

2. One Million Uyghur Detainees Held Illegally in Nazi-Style Concentration Camps

Many media organizations around the world have recently reported that a large portion of the Uyghur population is being detained either in jails or in so-called “re-education camps”, while their children are being kept in countless orphanages in the East Turkestan.  Recently, we have learned from official sources inside East Turkestan that the number of the Uyghurs currently being held in these Nazi-style political “re-education” concentration camps is more than 800,000.  That is a number known officially inside East Turkestan, but all the unofficial numbers we obtained from various sources exceed one million. According to the 2010 Chinese census, the Uyghur population in East Turkestan was 10,000,370 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xinjiang). This means that about 10% of the current Uyghur population has been locked up.  The conditions of the concentration camps are horrific because of the fact that such a large number of Uyghurs are locked up in relatively small and crowded spaces. We were told by several people who fled China recently that people even cannot lie down during the night with their backs on the floor; instead, they have to sleep sideways with all the adjacent bodies touching one another. We have also learned from some Uyghurs who recently lost their close relatives in the concentration camps that a significant number of Uyghurs are losing their lives in those camps every day. The families of the victims are just receiving their dead bodies from those overcrowded concentration camps. The local authorities are not giving back the bodies of the younger Uyghurs died, instead, just burying them in the nearby empty fields. These are just a few of the many examples of the horrible conditions in these concentration camps.

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Police officers on duty in the vicinity of a center believed to be used for re-education in Xinjiang’s Korla city, Nov. 2, 2017.

 

How did those more than one million people end up in jails, concentration camps and orphanages?  It is extremely difficult to obtain such information in China, but we have managed to get information on some individual cases from the relatives of those victims’ living outside China (see the report titled “Political persecution of the Uyghurs – Brief description of some individual cases” at http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/).

The Uyghurs are one of the ancient peoples living in the heart of Asia. They have a long and proud history, and a rich culture. Throughout the history, the Uyghurs have been a great contributor to the world peace and prosperity.  Due in part to their geographical location along the famous Silk Road, they have been a major force in the cultural exchange between the East and the West. We strongly believe that the Uyghurs are an indispensable part of the wider international community and will continue providing such contribution to the world’s ethnic and cultural diversities in the future. Similarly, the Uyghurs will contribute to the world’s peace and prosperity, just as they have done in the past. Therefore, the Uyghurs have every right to live in peace with dignity, and to continuously prosper, as any other nations on the surface of our mother Earth.

However, in the recent decades, the Chinese government has banned the Uyghur language from its use at all levels of education in East Turkestan, outlawed Uyghur literature (by banning and burning historical and literature books written in the Uyghur language), restricted, criminalized and attempted to eliminate Uyghurs’ religious belief and practice, and has systematically flooded East Turkestan with Han Chinese migrants in the name of “developing the West”, and thereby marginalized the Uyghurs in their own homeland.  And now the Chinese government is openly killing the Uyghur people, too, in those Nazi-style Chinese concentration camps by implementing a state-sponsored ethnic genocide policy.

If we don’t get help immediately from the United Nations and from the international community to stop the Chinese government from what they are doing towards the Uyghurs in East Turkestan, the Uyghurs will keep dying and disappearing in large numbers in those Chinese concentration camps, and will soon face an unprecedented threat to their very existence. Therefore, we appeal to all the international communities and human rights organizations not to ignore the Chinese government’s crimes against humanity – the crimes currently being committed against the innocent Uyghur people.  We appeal to the United Nations and other international human rights organizations to ask the Chinese government to release those 1 million Uyghurs, or at least send investigation teams to East Turkestan and find out:

  • Where are those jails, concentration camps and orphanages?
  • Why and where those one million Uyghurs are being detained?
  • What are they eating and where and how are they sleeping?
  • What are they doing during the day?
  • What are their current health conditions?
  • What are the current death rates among the detainees?
  • What is happening to the children/siblings/parents of the people held in jails and concentration camps?

3. Large Number of Uyghur Prisoners of Influence

We have stated above that more than 1 million Uyghurs, or more than 10% of the Uyghur population living in East Turkestan (refer to the 2010 Chinese census) are currently being held illegally in jails, Nazi-style political “re-education” concentration camps and orphanages.  The arrest of the Uyghurs in large numbers has been going on for a long time, but it intensified since July 2009, after the July 5th massacre that took place in Urumchi, the capital of East Turkestan, and has reached to a record level since Chen Quanguo took office as the Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in East Turkestan.  The Uyghur detainees came from all spans of life, as exemplified in our recent report titled “Political Persecution of the Uyghurs — Brief Description of Some Individual Cases” (http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/).  Among them, there is a special category of people, namely, prominent Uyghurs or Uyghurs of influence.  They represent a group of people in various areas of life and profession, who have prominent influence among the Uyghurs, or play leading roles in the Uyghur society or in their own fields of profession, such as intellectuals, writers, lecturers, poets, website owners and administrators, business owners, entrepreneurs, leading community activists, actors-actresses, religious figures, sports professionals, and even some rich people. Therefore, they can be collectively called “the Uyghur prisoners of influence”.  They are very similar to the “prisoners of conscience” that are common to Han Chinese and the other ethnic groups in China, including the Uyghurs.  But the Uyghur prisoners of influence were jailed or detained in concentration camps for a different reason, that is, for being famous and/or influential among their own community or in their own professional fields. If we imagine the whole Uyghur population as a person, these prisoners of influence can be considered as his/her head, and the Chinese government is now slowly cutting the head off.

Recently, several media outlets have reported on the arrests of several prominent Uyghurs and leading Uyghur intellectuals.  They include Halmurat Ghopur (a leading intellectual), Abdurehim Heyit (a famous singer and musician), Yasinjan Moydin (a businessman and restaurant owner; got ill in a jail, and recently died in a hospital), Ahmatjan Heyder (a religious figure; got released from a jail after getting seriously ill, but died shortly thereafter), Muhammed Salih (a religious leader and scholar; he did the modern translation of the Holy Quran from Arabic to Uyghur language; he was taken into a concentration camp recently, and died on Jan. 24 at 82. His two daughters and a son-in-law also got arrested), Hebibullah Tohti (returned from Egypt after getting a doctor’s degree, and sentenced to a 10-years prison term shortly thereafter), four wealthiest Uyghurs in Kashgar, and some Uyghurs who studied abroad.  The charges mentioned included “having nationalist tendencies”, “acts against the state”, “having extremist or politically incorrect views”, “being two-faced” and “undertaking unapproved, private hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca)”. Some of such reports can be found at http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/.  Previously, the jailing of the Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti received wide coverage in the international media.  However, the most cases in such nature still remain unnoticed and unreported, even though such action of the Chinese government is having devastating impact on the Uyghur society and on the lives of all the Uyghur people in East Turkestan and abroad.

We have obtained information on many more cases of the arrested and the detained influential and/or prominent Uyghurs from people who fled China recently, but we restrained ourselves from presenting such cases in this report.  The reason is, the Chinese government is currently using one of their ancient tactics in oppressing the whole Uyghur population, namely, “not only cut the grass, but also destroy the roots” .  Based on this tactic, if the Chinese government suspects the loyalty of an Uyghur on themselves, they not only arrest and in some cases kill with some fake charges that person, but also they do the same to his/her extended family members.  So it is very common that a lot of Uyghur families have lost more than 10 extended family members to jails, concentration camps and orphanages.  Several examples of such cases are presented in the above report.

We have learned that the Chinese regime in East Turkestan has issued “arrest schedules”, “look-up tables” and printed verdicts with two blank spaces, the first for the name and the second for the jail time of the future “criminals”, to local government officials and airport administrators.  These documents are issued from the top at the provincial government level down to the heads of all villages.  According to such directives, the Uyghurs who “committed” crimes are divided into 3 categories: (1) 6 months to 3 years jail term ( in Chinese). People belonging to this category are ordinary, innocent ones who were arrested to fill some quota came down from the top.  For example, in 2017, Urumchi police issued an order to all its branches to arrest 3000 Uyghurs and Kazakhs in this category within a week.  This was reported by the Radio-Free Asia (USA).  (2) 7 – 10 years jail term .  It is for people who have relatives abroad, who were found to have stored forbidden contents in their smartphones, and activists.  (3) 10 – 15 years jail term. It is for people who returned from abroad, who were forcibly returned from abroad, “political criminals”, and people with religious knowledge.  When “catching” an Uyghur “criminal”, a local government official first determines which category that “criminal” belongs to, fills out a pre-printed verdict mentioned above, and gives that verdict to that “criminal” right at the spot.

For example, since 2016 the CCP regime in East Turkestan pressured the parents of the Uyghur students studying in different parts of the world, often using jail terms as a threat.  As a result, some unknown number of Uyghur students (the number is in the thousands in our estimate) went back to East Turkestan to save their parents from trouble.  However, many of those students were sentenced to 3 – 7 years of jail terms and were taken to jails directly from the Urumchi airport upon their return.  In many cases their parents had never seen them after returning from abroad.  They just simply disappeared in East Turkestan or somewhere else in China.

According to the accounts of a close friend who talked to us, Behtiyar, an Uyghur man in his 20s, decided to visit his parents and other relatives in Kashgar in the summer of 2016. Because restrictions and punishments are much more severe in Kashgar than in Urumchi, he decided to protect himself from all the potential troubles by having his smartphone “cleaned up” in a police “black market” in Urumchi.  The police servicemen there asked him to pay 500 Yuan (more than $80) for the service.  He paid them and thought he had made his smartphone “safe” to travel to Kashgar.  He was thoroughly checked after he got off the airplane in Kashgar, including his smartphone.  At that time, one of the police officers told him that he found prohibited contents in Behtiyar’s phone, including a photo of Turkish president Erdogan and another photo of a Turkish national flag. But Behtiyar explained to them what he did in Urumchi before starting this trip.  However, they told him that they can retrieve all the deleted contents from a smartphone.  The police called Behtiyar’s parents and told them to pay the police 30,000 Yuan (about $5,000) to get their son back, otherwise their son will be jailed.  It took 3 days for Behtiyar’s parents to come up with such money. When they finally came to the airport with the money, the police told them that their son had been arrested, given a 7-year prison term and sent to a jail whose location was unknown to them.  Behtiyar was simply disappeared this way. The person who told us the above real story also told us that one prohibited content found in someone’s smart phone earns him or her a minimum 7-year jail term.  That is consistent with Bahtiyar’s 7-years prison term.

Behtiyar is not a prominent Uyghur nor a leading intellectual.  He is just an average Uyghur.  But we told the above story so that you would understand how a jail term is now easily handed out to an innocent Uyghur in East Turkestan.

There was a young Uyghur bodybuilder in southern East Turkestan.  He was well-known to the Uyghur youth with his well-developed and very good-looking body.  He is good in bodybuilding but not known in anything else.  However, the Chinese government targeted him as a suspect because of his influence among the young Uyghur people.  One day the police came up with a fake crime for him and threw him in a jail with a 5-year prison term.  In East Turkestan, jailing an influential Uyghur figure is as simple as that. That is, being prominent or being influential among the Uyghurs is a serious crime in East Turkestan, and thousands of innocent Uyghurs were jailed and detained for such a “crime”.  That is part of the reasons why more than 1 million young and adult Uyghurs are currently being held either in jails or in concentration camps, and their small children are in the orphanages.

The English-language service of the Voice of America (VOA) reported that “Recently, the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has drawn attention to increased restrictions on the ability of Uighurs in China to express and practice their religion. The State Department’s annual Human Rights Report also has highlighted repression of Uighurs’ freedoms of speech, movement, association, and assembly.” US Congressional-Executive Commission on China stated in their 2017 press release the following: “The Commission’s 2017 Annual Report highlighted intensified restrictions on religious freedom and oppressive security controls, particularly in ethnic minority regions, including the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).  The situation has only further deteriorated since the Report’s release in October.  Today, Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith, the chair and cochairman respectively of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (the Commission), expressed alarm about the human rights crisis in Xinjiang.” We, the Torchlight Uyghur group, thank the US government, as well as the governments of the other countries and various international organizations for their support towards the Uyghur people. In the mean time, we appeal to the United Nations, foreign governments, and other international human rights and humanitarian organizations to demand the Chinese government to unconditionally release those thousands of Uyghur prisoners of influence.

4. Chen Quanguo’s Crimes against Humanity in East Turkestan

Chen Quanguo is the Communist Party Secretary of East Turkestan. He was promoted to this post in August 2016, after subduing another heavily oppressed region — Tibet.  Since then, he has initiated a series of unprecedented repressive measures against the Uyghur people, and ideological purges against so-called “two-faced” Uyghur officials as well as Uyghurs who earned high-respect and/or have strong influence in their own professional fields or careers (The “two-faced” is a term applied by the regime to describe the Uyghurs who do not willingly follow directives and exhibit signs of “disloyalty.”). His regime is now treating all the Uyghurs as criminals, and all the Uyghurs with religious faith as terrorists.

We have learned that Chen Quanguo’s regime issued “arrest schedules”, “look-up tables” and printed verdicts to local government officials and airport administrators, and assigned quotas to all the districts in East Turkestan about how many people to arrest within a given period of time.  Some details of such illegal and inhuman practices were presented in Section 3 of this report.  Using such administrative processes outside the China’s legal system, Chen’s regime has arrested tens of thousands of Uyghurs, mostly men at the ages of 18 – 50, in the last two years. As a result, massive numbers of women have become “widows”, and similarly massive numbers of children have become “orphans”.  Consequently, the Uyghur societies everywhere lost their male residents, and Uyghur farms lost their male laborers.  Anyone who visits East Turkestan nowadays can see “streets without Uyghur men” everywhere. Adding to the above misery, the Chen’s regime has assigned Han-Chinese “relatives” to most Uyghur families in every cities and towns all around East Turkestan. These families include those whose remaining family members are only the mothers and the children.  We have obtained information about some cases in which Han male “relatives” sexually abused Uyghur mothers and/or their daughters in front of the mothers; when the female Uyghur victims complained to local government officials about this, they too were arrested under the charges of “causing disturbances”.

Chen’s regime not only jailed a huge number of innocent Uyghurs (in some estimates this number is between 50,000 to 100,000), they also put far more people into Nazi-style concentration camps.  The total number now exceeds one million, constituting more than 10% of the total Uyghur population (according to China’s 2010 census) in East Turkestan. Even more horribly, the Chen’s regime is treating those one million Uyghur men and women in very inhuman ways both in prisons and in concentration camps. In prisons, those innocent “prisoners” are tortured in a way that people living in any civilized society cannot imagine. For example, the torture includes water cells, burning female victims’ faces and bodies with cigarettes and telling them “Call your God to rescue you”, hanging by the wrists, beating with police batons, electric batons or other objects, kicking, exposure to sustained cold, blinding with a hot, bright light, forcing a prisoner to maintain a stress position for prolonged periods, prolonged deprivation of sleep, water and food, restraining for days in so-called “tiger chairs” (used to immobilize suspects during interrogations), handcuffs, and leg irons. In most cases, such abuses have resulted in deaths, or physical and/or mental disabilities.

For example, we have learned the following from an Uyghur victim who just recently got released from a prison, and told his close friends what he had gone through in the jail, even if he knew the danger that he might be executed for disclosing such tightly safeguarded information:  He did not know the rules when he first arrived in the jail, and got beaten by the guards with batons for whatever he did.  He had to say “I am a terrorist” every time when the guard beat him, otherwise he got even more hits.  When he asked for a permit to go to the toilet, he had to say “I am a terrorist and I would like to use the toilet”. The guards beat him if he did not ask in that way.  His right hand was tied to his left ankle with a metal object all the time: during the day, during the eating, when using the toilet, and during the sleep, such that his right hand stayed touching his left ankle all the time. It was impossible for him to stand straight even once during the day.  After living this way for more than a year, his body was completely deformed or physically disabled, thus becoming a person who can only crawl but cannot stand straight and walk.   At the moment, it is very rare in East Turkestan for an Uyghur prisoner to come out of a jail as a normal person like before he or she was jailed.  We have heard many cases in which the Uyghurs who came out of jails died shortly thereafter because some of their internal organs were missing.

Omurbek Ali was born and grew up in East Turkestan, and became a citizen of Kazakhstan 12 years ago.  He was arrested on 26 March 2017 when he went to Pichan County in East Turkestan to visit his parents after conducting an official business in Urumchi. He was held in several concentration camps and prisons, and was finally released on 4 November 2017. He was interviewed three times on Jan. 23 – 25 of 2018 by the Uyghur-language service of Radio Free Asia (RFA) (https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/kazakh-01302018161655.html).  The following is his partial accounts as told to RFA:

“I was travelling back and forth between Kazakhstan and Xinjiang since I became a Kazakh citizen 12 years ago. I had never become a member of any organization, never carried out any political activity, and never assisted anybody who might belong to some sort of organizations. I worked in a travel agency from 2016 to 2017.  I went to Urumchi to attend a 2-day business meeting in March 2017.  After the meeting, I went to Pichan County on 25 March 2017 to visit my parents. My plan was to go back to Kazakhstan on March 27.  At around 10am the next day, five policemen wearing uniforms came to my parents’ home and arrested me with a charge that “you are suspicious”.  They did not have any legal documents on their hands, such as an arrest warrant. After taking me to a village police station, they charged me with more “crimes”, including “intimidating, organizing and protecting terrorists”.  I was interrogated for about 2 hours in that police station. Then I was handcuffed, my head and face were covered with a black sack, and was taken to a county police station in Pichan city.  There, the police took my fingerprints and blood samples, and carried out thorough physical exams on my body, without taking off the handcuffs and the black sack on my head. I was terrified, and thought that they might start taking my internal organs soon. Later on the same day, I was taken to a prison.  There were around 15 young Uyghur men in my cell, all with metal chains on their hands and feet.  Before going to the prison cell, I had all of my clothing taken away and replaced by a set of prison uniform.  After staying 8 days in that prison cell, I was taken to Karamay (one of the largest cities in northern East Turkestan), still handcuffed and chained.  I was deprived from sleep for two days before the police started their interrogation on me.  Since that day up until mid June, I did everything, including eating, sleeping, and using the toilet, in a prison cell with my right foot tied to a bed with a heavy metal chain.  The chain was less than a meter long, so I did not have any room to move around.”

“During my 8 months in jail, I lost 40kg of weight, and caught several illnesses, including high blood pressure.  I thought I would die in the prison.”

“I was taken from the prison to a political re-education center on 4 November 2017, and was given political education for 20 days before being let go to Kazakhstan.”

Recently, Abdurahman Hasan, an Uyghur businessman from Kashgar who is currently living in Turkey, appealed to the Chinese government by saying “China: Execute my mother and my wife instead! I will pay for the bullets”, after learning about the inhuman tortures to which his mother and his wife are being subjected in two different concentration camps in East Turkestan.  He was interviewed by the Uyghur language service of RFA in this regard.

As we described above, Chen Quanguo and his regime have put at least 10% of the Uyghur population of East Turkestan in jails and concentration camps. At the same time, the regime is torturing those Uyghurs in such inhuman ways that they end up either dying in jails or concentration camps, dying shortly after being released, or becoming permanently disabled, physically and/or mentally.  We, the Torchlight Uyghur Group, believe what Chen Quanguo and his regime are doing to the Uyghur people can be considered as crimes against humanity. We appeal to the United Nations, foreign governments and other international human rights and humanitarian organizations to demand Chen Quanguo to immediately stop committing such crimes against the Uyghur people in East Turkestan.

5. Collection of DNAs of All Uyghurs

Uyghur people had started to live under the state policies of ethnic discrimination and assimilation after our homeland, East Turkestan, was occupied by the Communist Chinese in 1949. Over time, the communist regime changed the way of treating the Uyghurs to severe oppression, and the Uyghurs have been living as the second-class citizens in their own homeland ever since.  However, the Chinese government has stepped up their repressive policy towards the Uyghurs further to a state terror since July of 2009, after the July 5th massacre that took place in Urumchi, the capital of East Turkestan, and such state terrorism has reached to its peak since Chen Quanguo took office as the Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in East Turkestan.  Under the heavy-handed rule of Chen Quanguo, all Uyghurs are now being treated like criminals, and all the Uyghurs with religious faith are now being treated like terrorists.  One of the prominent aspects of such treatments is the collection of the DNA data of the entire Uyghur population in East Turkestan without legal protection and without the knowledge of the people whose DNAs are being collected.

It was reported by various media sources in 2017 that the local government in East Turkestan had spent more than 10 million dollars to purchase 12 DNA sequencers to test and analyze DNA samples.  Some of them are ‘next generation’ DNA sequencers, which could be used to determine ancestry, eye color and other physical characteristics from genetic samples. Several biologists estimated that, if used at full capacity, the new equipment could be used to profile up to 10,000 DNA samples a day and several million a year. We have learned from several witnesses who fled China recently and also from some Chinese media reports that the local government had already started the collection of the DNA samples from a large number of Uyghurs, and the Chinese authorities are planning to continue this process until the DNA samples of all Uyghurs are collected.

Many countries use DNA fingerprinting to solve and prevent crimes, but most Uyghurs living abroad are extremely worried about how the DNA is being collected in East Turkestan. In March of 2017, Chinese state media detailed the conclusion of a 4-month program during which 17.5 million people — who were predominantly Uyghurs — were given health checks, including blood tests. Last year, other reports emerged that most of the people who underwent these examinations had been forced to do so.

The whole Uyghur population in East Turkestan is currently under attack from all directions by the communist Chinese regime.  One reason is that East Turkestan is a key strategic point in China’s “One-Belt, One-Road (OBOR)” initiative, and the whole Uyghur population has become an inconvenience for that initiative.  It is not clear where or when this ends, or if it ends at all.  More than 10% of the Uyghur population is currently being held illegally in jails, Nazi-style political “re-education” concentration camps and orphanages. We were told that the largest construction project currently underway in East Turkestan is the building of new jails and new concentration camps throughout its territory.  Some international organizations such as Human Rights Watch warned that the collection of the Uyghurs’ DNAs could be used as a way for the authorities to intensify their political control. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, has recently raised concerns with Thermo Fisher Scientific, an American company supplying DNA sequencing equipment to China, regarding its business in East Turkestan. But, because the Uyghurs have no legal representation and virtually no institutional support in China, the Chinese government is practically unrestricted in conducting any types of human experiments on the Uyghur people.  For that reason, many Uyghurs living abroad are worried that the biodata of the entire Uyghur people might be used for something far worse, such as to selectively harvest the organs of the Uyghurs, as thousands of Uyghurs have already been disappeared behind “the black gate” of the Chinese mass detention system.

We, the Torchlight Uyghur Group, appeal to the United Nations, foreign governments and all international humanitarian and human rights organizations to demand the Chinese government to stop the collection of the DNA and the other biodata of the whole Uyghur population, and to disclose to the world what they are truly doing with the Uyghurs’ DNA data that they have already collected.

6. Organ Harvesting from the Uyghur People

The Uyghur people have been the victims of state-sponsored criminal policies carried out by the Chinese government for many decades. We have exposed some of the antihuman crimes of the Chinese government committed against the Uyghurs in East Turkestan in our previous petitions. In this petition, we are exposing one of the most heinous crimes of the Chinese government, namely, organ harvesting from the Uyghur people.

Organ harvesting in China started in the 1960s and it became a systematic state-sponsored crime by 2015. It is hard to estimate the official number of victims of organ harvesting, however, based on the Chinese media, there are some ten thousand people who participate in visceral transplant surgery each year (although according to some estimates this number varies from 60-100 thousand).  “Harvested Alive – 10 Years of Investigations” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s84avaf0l4&t=903s) – a Chinese documentary film about organ harvesting reports that “tens of thousands of people are secretly executed in China and their organs are harvested for the transplant surgery. Who are these victims? These people are mostly Uyghurs, Tibetans, underground Christians and Falun Gong practitioners, who are locked up for political and religious reasons by the Chinese government”. The same documentary also stated that the organ harvesting crime is supported by the Chinese government’s Law and Supervision organizations. Since 1999, many Nazi-style labor camps have been built throughout China to detain such “state criminals” who can be executed without trial and without any legal basis in order to harvest their organs. In March, 2006, Anne and Peter testified against the organ harvesting crimes committed by the Chinese government in the court and revealed that the main victims of such heinous crimes were the Uyghurs, Tibetans, underground Christians, and Falun Gong practitioners (www.epochweekly.com/b5/271/10685.htm). The same crimes were also reported in a two-volume documentary film “Cast-Iron Evidences” produced by Wang Jiyuan, MD, who worked for the 4th division of the People’s Liberation Army Hospital and arrived in the United States in 1995. Dr. Wang produced this documentary after 10 years of independent research (www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpHz9RUgp-c&t=3425s), revealing the ugly truth behind the organ harvesting and its victims in China and documenting how the organ harvesting business rapidly grew after the year of 2000, although it started long before that in East Turkestan. According to the film, since 2000 organ harvesting has increased by more than 5000 times annually. Between 2000 and 2006, the organ harvesting and transplant surgeries became such a huge business in China that almost all of the hospitals were involved. Their advertisements covered a wide range of services, claiming to provide sufficient and quality organs for their patients.

Enver Toxti, a medical doctor who worked at the Urumchi Railway Hospital, in East Turkestan, said that he witnessed organ harvesting operations when he was in China. He accepted an invitation from British Channel 4 reporters when he was visiting Turkey in 1998, and returned to East Turkestan to participate in collecting evidences for the documentary “Death on the Silk Road”. This documentary exposed the 30 years of nuclear weapons testing by the Chinese Government in Lopnur, in East Turkestan and its health consequences on Uyghur populations (www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PRb8Xcdxp8). He arrived in England in 1999 and testified against China’s organ harvesting crimes in the European Parliament, Canada, Israel, and in the United States. He also published several reports in the international media regarding this issue.  According to his writings, human organs from the anonymous sources provide the Chinese human organ markets with strong and stable resources. To make it more convenient for this market, Chinese airlines created special VIP boarding passes as the hospitals opened up new emergency organ transplant departments. Patients have to wait only 1-2 weeks for the surgery; some hospitals even advertised free organ transplant surgery for its patients to spread the word. Enver Toxti tells a painful and unforgettable story about his first organ harvesting operation. He was ordered to take the inner organs of a still-alive person (inmate) as quickly as possible. He remembers that “When I was working at the hospital in the 1990s, some Uyghur parents would express their concerns about their detained children after they were released from the prisons and would ask us to make some checks on their physical health, as their children started exhibiting abnormal physical conditions after their release. As a result, we found some scars on them from the surgeries operated without the knowledge of their parents.” He reported that the Chinese government started organ harvesting experiments on Uyghurs, but it wasn’t reported internationally for the reasons that the Uyghurs and their misfortunes were not well-known since they were considered as “internal matters” of China. Another reason was that, after the Falun Gong movement, their crackdown by the Chinese government was widely known in the international community, and the news and media reports were mainly concentrated on the stories of organ harvesting from the Falun Gong members, completely neglecting the Uyghur population. There was an article published in the December 5th, 2011 issue of the Weekly Standard on this topic, titled “The Xinjiang Procedure – Beijing’s ‘New Frontier’ is ground zero for the organ harvesting of political prisoners” (http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-xinjiang-procedure/article/610145). In this article, the authors reported the misfortunes of Uyghur people under the CCP dictatorship since 1949, the environmental pollution as a result of the nuclear weapons testing in East Turkestan since 1960 and the increased cancer rates as a result, and the speculation over the 1997-Ghulja massacre, and the people who died and disappeared as well as their relationship with the Chinese government’s organ harvesting program. The article also told the vivid story with strong evidence of an executed Uyghur criminal whose organs were harvested while he was still alive after the execution and concluded that organ harvesting started in East Turkestan much earlier than the other places in China.  On the 26th of March, 2006, Huang Jiefu, the Deputy Minister of the Chinese Health Ministry, gave a speech at “The Second Conference of Liver Transplant” and stated that “at present, there are more than 500 hospitals around the country that operate about 3500 liver transplant surgeries each year.” In November of the same year, he concluded in another speech at the “The Clinical Application of the Human Organ Transplant and its Control” conference that from 2000 to 2004, there were 28736 kidney transplant surgeries, 5642 liver transplant surgeries and 273 heart transplants performed in China, resulting in an average of 5747 kidney, 1128 liver, and 54.6 heart transplants in each year. Another paper published in the “Journal of Chinese Medicine Theory” in 2009 reported the statistical data on the organ transplants from 2000 to 2008; the authors concluded that during this period, there were 86800 kidney, 14643 liver, and 707 heart transplant surgeries took place in China, which means an average of 9644 kidney, 1627 liver, and 78.5 heart transplants in each year. From these data it is not very hard to see that organ transplant surgeries in China almost tripled between 2005 and 2008.

After China’s crimes of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners were exposed by the international media, the Chinese authorities eventually admitted that the sources of human organs were executed criminals, even though the Chinese government has constantly denied the existence of illegal organ harvesting crimes in China. The sad fact is that, although the number of people executed for their crimes has been decreasing each year by 10% and less people are being executed in recent years (http://www.ntdtv.com/xtr/gb/2017/10/07/a1345629.html, http://www.china.com.cn/chinese/health/666587.htm), the thrive of the organ harvesting market in China shows that even those people who are not scheduled to be executed but detained are the main targets of the organ harvesting. An article published on the 26th of October, 2006 on the Xin Hua Net stated that China ranks number two in the world for the number of the organ transplants, and the transplant techniques have been much improved since the first organ transplant operation in 1966, becoming the mainstream method for the patients with organ failures. It was also stated that in order to ensure a healthy development of the organ harvesting market, it is necessary to make relevant laws and regulations. (http://health.sohu.com/20061026/n246010278.shtml).

Sina.com (http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2017-12-17/doc-ifyptfcn1510600.shtml) estimated on their  December 27, 2017 report that China will become the world’s number 1 organ transplant country by 2020. When compared to a country like the United States, which has a large number of organ donors, one can’t help but question how come China with such a low number of donors can become the world’s top ranking country in organ transplant in such a short time? Are they saying it with such a confidence because they consider the estimated 1 million Uyghurs detained in China’s Nazi-style concentration camps in East Turkestan as their organ harvesting target? Many reports have been published on the Chinese government’s collection of the biological samples, such as blood, from the whole Uyghur population without informing them and without their consent, and making the “physical checkups” mandatory for the entire Uyghur population between the ages of 12 and 65 since 2016. One can’t stop but speculate the interrelations of these events and the hidden truth behind them.

In 2017, the prominent Chinese dissident Guo Wengui revealed a shocking news of killing of 5 Uyghurs to perform a liver transplant for the son of Jiang Zemin, the former General Secretary of the CCP. Mr. Guo also exposed that Meng Jianhong and his girlfriends also used Uyghur’s organs for their organ transplants. Mr. Guo further revealed the detainment of a 21-year Uyghur male from a hotel in Beijing without any reason and his killing for the organ harvesting for the CCP leaders and their family members. He informed the world that he holds real evidences for the above-mentioned crimes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x9s9-6Ueqg), (https://freedomsherald.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/chinese-exiled-billionaire-guo-wengui-exposes-chinas-abuse-of-the-uyghurs).

We, the Torchlight Uyghur Group, consider the organ harvesting from Uyghurs as a state terrorism and a heinous act that is being carried out by a coordinated effort between the Chinese government and the Chinese hospitals. We also consider this crime as a genocide targeting the innocent and helpless Uyghur people in East Turkestan.

7. Tens of Thousands of Uyghurs went missing

“Dear uncle, my situation has been very bad emotionally recently.  I haven’t talked to my parents in Urumchi for 2 months now.  Before that, I learned that the local government officials were giving hard times to them because I went abroad.  I don’t know their current situations.  I cannot get connected when I call them – their phoneline is dead.  Recently, one of my friends went to Urumchi from inner China.  I told her to check out our house while she was in Urumchi.  I learned from her later through Wechat (Chinese mobile phone messaging app) that she went to our home but there was nobody inside; and the door was sealed off with red tapes.  I have barely slept in the last three days, after hearing what my friend told me.  I just cannot fall asleep.  I have not eaten much either—It is hard for me to swallow something.  I cry all the time.  Even if I fall asleep during the night, I frequently wake up with nightmare.  Every time when I read something in WhatsApp about the tortures that some Uyghur people are currently going through in Chinese jails or concentration camps, I lose all of my physical strength, and cannot even get up afterwards for a while.  My father’s health is not that good.  He is physically very weak and has some illnesses.  I am extremely worried about him.  I am so worried that the government officials may kill him in a detention center or in a jail very soon.  When I contacted my mother two months ago with text message, she told me: “My sweetheart, have a good life there, and forget us completely.”  I did not know then that this would become my last communication with my mom.  What this world has changed into?  My parents are still fairly young and alive, but I cannot talk to them even by phone, don’t mention seeing them in person.  I don’t know what to do.  I am really scared.  I am so worried about my father, my mother and my young brother.  I don’t know where they are now.  I also don’t know if they are still alive or dead.”

Given above is a text message one of our members received from a 20+ year old Uyghur female living abroad.  This is just one example of the similar messages that we read and hear every day nowadays.   .  We hear this kind of cries everyday from the Uyghurs currently living abroad.  As we learned from various sources and witnesses, thousands of Uyghurs, mostly Uyghur males aged 15 – 35, have disappeared from the streets in East Turkestan, and thousands of Uyghurs have disappeared from their homes.  In the prefecture-, county- and village-level cities in East Turkestan, one can find empty homes everywhere, and nobody knows how they’ve gone missing, where they are now, and if they are still alive or not.  Some of these disappeared Uyghurs can account for part of the more than one million innocent Uyghurs who were initially detained (or placed) in Nazi-style concentration camps and in jails in East Turkestan.  Right now, thousands of Uyghur mothers are waiting for their missing sons, and thousands of wives are waiting for their missing husbands, hoping that one day they might show up in their front doors.  However, among the one million plus Uyghurs detained and/or put in jails so far, there is almost no news about someone who has been released from any detention centers or jails.

The Chinese government has forced some unknown number of Uyghur students to return home from the countries they were studying, by threating to jail their parents and/or siblings in case they do not come back.  But most of those returned students went missing just at the airports upon their arrival.  Some aspects of this kind of Uyghur disappearances were described in an article titled: “China’s Uighur minority shackled by digital technology as thousands are detained for ‘vocational training’” (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/thousands-china-xinjiang-uighur-beijing-disappear-fears-authorities-thought-police-personal-safety-a8115421.html).

Many Uyghur witnesses and victims who fled China after the July 5th, 2009, Urumchi Massacre revealed that at least 3,000 Uyghurs died, and 5,000 – 7,000 went missing after the Chinese government’s brutal crackdown of the peaceful demonstration of the Uyghur students carried out in Urumchi on July 5th, 2009. Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer also told the foreign reporters that 10,000 Uyghurs went missing on that one night (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-xinjiang/uighur-leader-says-10000-went-missing-in-one-night-idUSTRE56S1O020090729?sp=true).  Human Rights Watch conducted a research in the aftermath of the July 5th protest, and documented the enforced disappearances of at least 43 Uyghur men and teenage boys (https://www.hrw.org/report/2009/10/20/we-are-afraid-even-look-them/enforced-disappearances-wake-xinjiangs-protests).  It was stated in that report that “The actual number of ‘disappeared’ persons is likely significantly higher than the number of cases documented by the Human Rights Watch, as our ability to collect information was limited. Out of fear of retaliation, few witnesses or family members were willing to come forward with their stories.”

In our estimate, the actual number of the Uyghurs went missing as victims of the Chinese government’s enforced disappearances is indeed greater than 10,000.  However, after the July 5, 2009, Urumchi Massacre, the Chinese government reported that a total of 197 people died during that incident, and most of them were Han Chinese.  This is very similar to what had happened in 1989 during the Tiananmen Square Massacre:  After they brutally put down the June 4, 1989 student demonstration in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the Chinese government reported that only 3 people died, and two of them were military personnels.  But the International Red-Cross recorded more than 2,500 students who died and went missing during that crackdown.

As we can see, the Chinese government lies, and lies very bluntly and openly.  And their actions of lying are incomparably much more severe when it comes to the Uyghur people in East Turkestan. As a result, the actual situation in East Turkestan is very different from the Chinese government’s accounts, as partially revealed in the following report:

Guo Wengui is a Chinese billionaire businessman who later became a political activist.  Since January 23, 2017, he has been unveiling the corruption of top Chinese officials.  His accounts have been widely covered by many media organizations, including Mingjing, VOA, BBC, Forbes, Financial Times and NY Times.  Given below are some excerpts from what he said about the Uyghurs and East Turkestan:

–“I have been good friends with the former Vice-Minister of China’s Ministry of State Security Mr. Ma Jian for a long time. He was also in charge of Xinjiang affairs.  He shared a great amount of classified information about the real situation in Xinjiang with me. The events that have occurred in Xinjiang are much much more horrifying than what the outside world – that is the general Chinese public and Western media – know about the Uyghurs.”

–“to celebrate your new position as the Minister of Public Security, you (Mengjianzhu) ordered the killing of more than 1000 Uighurs under the pretext of a crackdown on terror. How many people did you bury in Xinjiang?”

–“You know this Mr. Meng Jianzhu. You killed so many people in Xinjiang. You’ve buried so many people alive in Xinjiang.”

–” The miserable people of Xinjiang lead a life of suffering. I can’t describe how pitiful it is. The number of deaths unaccounted for are incredibly high. You don’t have access to information about it…crowds of people were buried one after another. ”

–“Xinjiang is a hell, a hell 24 hour a day, 360 days a year. It is a frightening tragedy.”

–“Why are Mengjianzhu’s family members so healthy?… organ transplants? Where did MengjianZhu get the organs for his family members? What’s your blood source? How did you get it? Where did their livers, kidneys, come from? You killed a 21-year-old boy from Xinjiang in Beijing. He came to Beijing for just a few days and you framed him for rape. If he actually committed rape, then who’s the victim? Tell me, who is the victim of that rape? You killed him for his organs.  Why have so many Uyghur people disappeared in Beijing? Who did it? Where did their livers and kidneys go? Who did this?”

–“You quarreled with the Xinjiang Party Secretary about a bloody event there. You wanted to kill 500 people – including the family members of the people involved in the incident there. You ordered them to be buried alive. This is your doing Mengjiangzhu… and you shifted the blame on the Uyghurs for the bloody event that happened there.”

Closing Remarks

We are constantly adding new information/contents to this report.  Please visit http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/ for its up-to-date version.  Thank you!

About Torchlight Uyghur Group

Torchlight Uyghur Group is an independent, fact-finding and advocacy group.  Its members consist of some Uyghur scholars and Uyghur professionals living abroad.  Its main goal is to carry out independent research on ways for the Uyghur people to live like normal human beings in East Turkestan, and for the Uyghur people to preserve their unique ethnic identity.  It also tries to inform the international communities about the issues currently faced by the Uyghurs in East Turkestan, and how the Uyghur people are being brutally oppressed with China’s whole sale assimilative and ethnic genocide policies.  All of the Group’s reports are available at http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/. Torchlight Uyghur Group is currently not funded by any person or by any institute; it operates merely with the help of its members.

References and urls for additional information

Section 1

  • China Detains Uyghurs in Nazi Style Camps

https://freedomsherald.wordpress.com/2017/12/18/china-detains-uyghurs-in-nazi-style-camps/

  • Chinese Exiled Billionaire Guo Wengui Exposes China’s abuse of the Uyghurs

https://freedomsherald.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/chinese-exiled-billionaire-guo-wengui-exposes-chinas-abuse-of-the-uyghurs/

Section 2

  • Political Persecution of the Uyghurs—Brief Description of Some Individual Cases

https://freedomsherald.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/political-persecution-of-the-uyghurs-brief-description-of-some-individual-cases/

http://www.freedomsherald.org/ET/images/image201801_13.jpg

Section 3

  • What It’s Like to Live in a Surveillance State

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/02/02/opinion/china-uighurs-xinjiang.html?referer=http://m.facebook.com

 

  • China arrests leading Uyghur intellectual

https://www.ucanews.com/news/china-arrests-leading-uyghur-intellectual/81258

  • Chinese Authorities Arrest Xinjiang Intellectual Amid Crackdown on Prominent Uyghurs

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/arrest-01122018152937.html

  • The owner of the “Melody Teahouse” in Ghulja got sick in prison and died in hospital (in Uyghur, Ghuljidiki “mélodiye chayxanisi” ning sahibi türmide aghrighan, doxturxanida jan üzgen)

http://www.rfa.org/uyghur/xewerler/kishilik-hoquq/turmide-olgen-uyghur-01152018143148.html

  • 50 years-old religious figure Ehmedjan Heyder is dead 4 months after being released from jail (in Uyghur, 50 yashliq diniy zat exmetjan heyder türmidin chiqip 4 aydin kéyin jan üzgen)

http://www.rfa.org/uyghur/xewerler/din/exmetjan-heyder-jan-uzdi-01192018215011.html

  • Urumchi police department gave out an order to its various branches to arrest 3000 people:

http://www.rfa.org/uyghur/qisqa_xewer/uyghurda-tutqun-11022017171604.html#.Wk7b8-eg-L4.whatsapp

  • China: Rights crackdown goes global

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/18/china-rights-crackdown-goes-global

  • Around 120,000 Uyghurs Detained For Political Re-Education in Xinjiang’s Kashgar Prefecture

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/detentions-01222018171657.html

  • Uyghurs in Xinjiang Re-Education Camps Forced to Express Remorse Over Travel Abroad

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/camps-10132017150431.html

  • Al-Azhar University graduate Dr. Habibullah Tohti has been jailed (in Uyghur, Ezher uniwérsitétini püttürgen doktor hebibulla toxtining késilgenliki ilgiri sürülmekte)

https://www.rfa.org/uyghur/xewerler/din/hebibulla-toxti-06092017150345.html

  • Chairs Raise Alarm About Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in Xinjiang

https://www.cecc.gov/media-center/press-releases/chairs-raise-alarm-about-deteriorating-human-rights-situation-in

Section 4

  • China Xinjiang police state: Fear and resentment

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-china-42911468/china-xinjiang-police-state-fear-and-resentment

  • New party boss wields heavy hand of Chinese rule over Uyghurs

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/special/uyghur-oppression/

  • Interview: ‘I lost all hope of surving’

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/kazakh-01302018161655.html

  • China’s Uighur minority shackled by digital technology as thousands are detained for ‘vocational training’

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/thousands-china-xinjiang-uighur-beijing-disappear-fears-authorities-thought-police-personal-safety-a8115421.html

  • Around 120,000 Uyghurs Detained For Political Re-Education in Xinjiang’s Kashgar Prefecture

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/detentions-01222018171657.html

  • Police Torture of Criminal Suspects in China

https://www.hrw.org/report/2015/05/13/tiger-chairs-and-cell-bosses/police-torture-criminal-suspects-china

  • “China: Execute My Mother and My Wife Instead! I will Pay for the Bullets”

https://freedomsherald.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/china-execute-my-mother-and-my-wife-instead-i-will-pay-for-the-bullets/

Section 5

  • China ‘prepares DNA testing’ of Muslims in Xinjiang

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/5/18/china-prepares-dna-testing-of-muslims-in-xinjiang

  • China expands DNA data grab in troubled western region

https://www.nature.com/news/china-expands-dna-data-grab-in-troubled-western-region-1.22033

  • China’s Uighur minority shackled by digital technology as thousands are detained for ‘vocational training’

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/thousands-china-xinjiang-uighur-beijing-disappear-fears-authorities-thought-police-personal-safety-a8115421.html

  • Rubio Raises Concerns with U.S. Company Over Sale of DNA Sequencing Equipment to China

https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=775C904C-392E-4B74-B83C-8B8DEA7736EE

  • Political Re-Education School Construction Project of the Yopurgha County, Xinjiang (East Turkestan) (in Chinese,  )

http://ejianlian.com/Linkproject/viewBid/id/62311

  • Aqtu County Political Re-Education Center Phase II Construction Project (in Chinese, )

http://www.xjjsxx.com/zhaobiaogonggao/2017/0914/2032.html

Section 6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s84avaf0l4&t=903s

https://www.epochweekly.com/b5/271/10685.htm

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpHz9RUgp-c&t=3425s

  • Death on the Silk Road

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PRb8Xcdxp8

  • The Xinjiang Procedure

http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-xinjiang-procedure/article/610145

http://www.ntdtv.com/xtr/gb/2017/10/07/a1345629.html

http://www.china.com.cn/chinese/health/666587.htm

http://health.sohu.com/20061026/n246010278.shtml

http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2017-12-17/doc-ifyptfcn1510600.shtml

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x9s9-6Ueqg

  • Chinese Exiled Billionaire Guo Wengui Exposes China’s abuse of the Uyghurs:

https://freedomsherald.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/chinese-exiled-billionaire-guo-wengui-exposes-chinas-abuse-of-the-uyghurs

Section 7

  • China’s Uighur minority shackled by digital technology as thousands are detained for ‘vocational training’

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/thousands-china-xinjiang-uighur-beijing-disappear-fears-authorities-thought-police-personal-safety-a8115421.html

  • Uighur leader says 10,000 went missing in one night

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-xinjiang/uighur-leader-says-10000-went-missing-in-one-night-idUSTRE56S1O020090729?sp=true

  • “We Are Afraid to Even Look for Them”

Enforced Disappearances in the Wake of Xinjiang’s Protests

https://www.hrw.org/report/2009/10/20/we-are-afraid-even-look-them/enforced-disappearances-wake-xinjiangs-protests

  • Chinese Exiled Billionaire Guo Wengui Exposes China’s abuse of the Uyghurs

https://freedomsherald.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/chinese-exiled-billionaire-guo-wengui-exposes-chinas-abuse-of-the-uyghurs/

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Stop Chinese Communist Dictator Chen Quanguo’s Crimes against Humanity in East Turkestan

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Chen Quanguo is the Communist Party Secretary of East Turkestan (known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in present-day China). He was promoted to this post in August 2016, after subduing another heavily oppressed region — Tibet.  Since then, he has initiated a series of unprecedented repressive measures against the Uyghur people, and ideological purges against so-called “two-faced” Uyghur officials as well as Uyghurs who earned high-respect and/or have strong influence in their own professional fields or careers (The “two-faced” is a term applied by the regime to describe the Uyghurs who do not willingly follow directives and exhibit signs of “disloyalty.”). His government is now treating all the Uyghurs as criminals, and all the Uyghurs with religious faith as terrorists.

More than 10,000 armed Chinese police and soldiers attending a swearing-in ceremony against “terrorism” in Kashgar on February 17, 2017. Reuters

We have learned that Chen Quanguo’s regime issued “arrest schedules”, “look-up tables” and printed verdicts to local government officials and airport administrators, and assigned quotas to all the districts in East Turkestan about how many people to arrest within a given period of time.  Some details of such illegal and inhuman practices were presented in our previous petition (http://chn.ge/2Eh6k2c).    Using such administrative processes outside the China’s legal system, Chen’s regime has arrested tens of thousands of Uyghurs, mostly men at the ages of 18 – 50, in the last two years. As a result, massive numbers of women have become “widows”, and similarly massive numbers of children have become “orphans”.  Consequently, the Uyghur societies everywhere lost their male residents, and Uyghur farms lost their male laborers.  Anyone who visits East Turkestan nowadays can see “streets without Uyghur men” everywhere. Adding to the above misery, the Chen’s regime has assigned Han-Chinese “relatives” to most Uyghur families in every cities and towns all around East Turkestan. The families include those whose remaining family members are only the mothers and the children.  We have obtained information about some cases in which Han male “relatives” sexually abused Uyghur mothers and/or their daughters in front of the mothers; when the female Uyghur victims complained to local government officials about this, they too were arrested under the charges of “causing disturbances”.

Chen’s regime not only jailed a huge number of innocent Uyghurs (in some estimates this number is between 50,000 to 100,000), they also put far more people into Nazi-style concentration camps.  The total number now exceeds one million, constituting more than 10% of the total Uyghur population (according to China’s 2010 census) in East Turkestan. Even more horribly, the Chen’s regime is treating those one million Uyghur men and women in very inhuman ways both in prisons and in concentration camps. In prisons, those innocent “prisoners” are tortured in a way that people living in any civilized society cannot imagine. For example, the torture includes water cells, burning female victims’ faces and bodies with cigarettes and telling them “Call your God to rescue you”, hanging by the wrists, beating with police batons, electric batons or other objects, kicking, exposure to sustained cold, blinding with a hot, bright light, forcing a prisoner to maintain a stress position for prolonged periods, prolonged deprivation of sleep, water and food, restraining for days in so-called “tiger chairs” (used to immobilize suspects during interrogations), handcuffs, and leg irons. In most cases, such abuses have resulted in deaths, or physical and/or mental disabilities.

Here are two recent reports related to this petition:

(1)China Xinjiang police state: Fear and resentment

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-china-42911468/china-xinjiang-police-state-fear-and-resentment

(2) New party boss wields heavy hand of Chinese rule over Uyghurs

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/special/uyghur-oppression/

For example, we have learned the following from an Uyghur victim who just recently got released from a prison, and told his close friends what he had gone through in the jail, even if he knew the danger that he might be executed for disclosing such tightly safeguarded information:  He did not know the rules when he first arrived in the jail, and got beaten by the guards with batons for whatever he did.  He had to say “I am a terrorist” every time when the guard beat him, otherwise he got even more hits.  When he asked for a permit to go to the toilet, he had to say “I am a terrorist and I would like to use the toilet”. The guards beat him if he did not ask in that way.  His right hand was tied to his left ankle with a metal object all the time: during the day, during the eating, when using the toilet, and during the sleep, such that his right hand stayed touching his left ankle all the time. It was impossible for him to stand straight even once during the day.  After living this way for more than a year, his body was completely deformed or physically disabled, thus becoming a person who can only crawl but cannot stand straight and walk.   At the moment, it is very rare in East Turkistan for an Uyghur prisoner to come out of a jail as a normal person like before he or she went into a jail.  We have heard many cases in which the Uyghurs who came out of jails died shortly thereafter because some of their internal organs were missing.

Omurbek Ali was born and grew up in East Turkestan, and became a citizen of Kazakhstan 12 years ago.  He was arrested on 26 March 2017 when he went to Pichan County in East Turkestan to visit his parents after conducting an official business in Urumchi. He was held in several concentration camps and prisons, and was finally released on 4 November 2017. He was interviewed three times on Jan. 23 – 25 of 2018 by the Uyghur-language service of Radio Free Asia (RFA) (https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/kazakh-01302018161655.html).  The following is his partial accounts as told to RFA:

  • “I was travelling back and forth between Kazakhstan and Xinjiang since I became a Kazakh citizen 12 years ago. I had never become a member of any organization, never carried out any political activity, and never assisted anybody who might belong to some sort of organizations. I worked in a travel agency from 2016 to 2017.  I went to Urumchi to attend a 2-day business meeting in March 2017.  After the meeting I went to Pichan County on 25 March 2017 to visit my parents. My plan was to go back to Kazakhstan on March 27.  At around 10am the next day, five policemen wearing uniforms came to my parents’ home and arrested me with a charge that “you are suspicious”.  They did not have any legal documents on their hands, such as an arrest warrant. After taking me to a village police station, they charged me with more “crimes”, including “intimidating, organizing and protecting terrorists”.  I was interrogated for about 2 hours in that police station. Then I was handcuffed, my head and face were covered with a black sack, and was taken to a county police station in Pichan city.  There, the police took my fingerprints and blood samples, and carried out thorough physical exams on my body, without taking off the handcuffs and the black sack on my head. I was terrified, and thought that they might start taking my internal organs soon. Later on the same day, I was taken to a prison.  There were around 15 young Uyghur men in my cell, all with metal chains on their hands and feet.  Before going to the prison cell, I had all of my clothing taken away and replaced by a set of prison uniform.  After staying 8 days in that prison cell, I was taken to Karamay (one of the largest cities in northern East Turkestan), still handcuffed and chained.  I was deprived from sleep for two days before the police started their interrogation on me.  Since that day up until mid June, I did everything, including eating, sleeping, and using the toilet, in a prison cell with my right foot tied to a bed with a heavy metal chain.  The chain was less than a meter long, so I did not have any room to move around.”
  • “During my 8 months in jail, I lost 40kg of weight, and caught several illnesses, including high blood pressure.  I thought I would die in the prison.”
  • “I was taken from the prison to a political re-education center on 4 November 2017, and was given political education for 20 days before being let go to Kazakhstan.”

Recently, Abdurahman Hasan, an Uyghur businessman from Kashgar who is currently living in Turkey, appealed to the Chinese government by saying “China: Execute my mother and my wife instead!  I will pay for the bullets”, after learning about the inhuman tortures to which his mother and his wife are being subjected in two different concentration camps in East Turkestan (http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/).  He was interviewed by the Uyghur language service of RFA in this regard.

As we described above, Chen Quanguo and his regime have put at least 10% of the Uyghur population of East Turkestan in jails and concentration camps. At the same time, the regime is torturing those Uyghurs in such inhuman ways that they end up either dying in jails or concentration camps, dying shortly after being released, or becoming permanently disabled, physically and/or mentally.  We, the Torchlight Uyghur Group, believe what Chen Quanguo and his regime are doing to the Uyghur people are considered as crimes against humanity. We appeal to the United Nations, foreign governments and other international human rights and humanitarian organizations to demand Chen Quanguo to immediately stop committing such crimes against the Uyghur people in East Turkestan.

We, the Uyghurs, are powerless and helpless at the moment.  As such, we are unable to defend ourselves against the Chinese government’s atrocities and cannot fight this battle for our survival alone.  We need the support of the global community.  If tens of thousands of people from around the world sign our petition, it may be possible that the United Nations will make a commitment and will act to stop the tragedy that the Uyghur people are facing today.

Please join us in our fight to end the appalling atrocities happening in East Turkestan. Please sign and share this petition. Thank you!

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China: Release the Thousands of Uyghur Prisoners of Influence

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February 3,  2018

We stated in our first 2 petitions that more than 1 million Uyghurs, or more than 10% of the Uyghur population living in East Turkestan (refer to the 2010 Chinese census) are currently being held illegally in jails, Nazi-style political “re-education” concentration camps and orphanages (http://chn.ge/2CAIJFRhttp://chn.ge/2Dw8YAU ).  The arrest of the Uyghurs in large numbers has been going on for a long time, but it intensified since July 2009, after the July 5th massacre that took place in Urumchi, the capital of East Turkestan, and has reached to a record level since Chen Quan-guo took office as the Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in East Turkestan.  The Uyghur detainees came from all spans of life, as exemplified in our recent report titled “Political Persecution of the Uyghurs — Brief Description of Some Individual Cases” (http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/  Among them, there is a special category of people, namely, prominent Uyghurs or Uyghurs of influence.  They represent a group of people in various areas of life and profession, who have prominent influence among the Uyghurs, or play leading roles in the Uyghur society or in their own fields of profession, such as intellectuals, writers, lecturers, poets, website owners and administrators, business owners, entrepreneurs, leading community activists, actors-actresses, religious figures, sports professionals, and even some rich people. Therefore, they can be called “the Uyghur prisoners of influence”.  They are very similar to the “prisoners of conscience” that are common to Han Chinese and the other ethnic groups in China, including the Uyghurs.  But the Uyghur prisoners of influence were jailed or detained in concentration camps for a different reason, that is, for being famous and/or influential among their own community or in their own professional fields. If we imagine the whole Uyghur population as a person, these prisoners of influence can be considered as his/her head, and the Chinese government is now slowly cutting the head off.

Here is an article published on 2 Feb. 2018 in “New York Times” related to the above issue:

What It’s Like to Live in a Surveillance State

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/02/02/opinion/china-uighurs-xinjiang.html?referer=http://m.facebook.com

Recently, several media outlets have reported on the arrests of several prominent Uyghurs and leading Uyghur intellectuals.  They include Halmurat Ghopur (a leading intellectual), Abdurehim Heyit (a famous singer and musician), Yasinjan Moydin (a businessman and restaurant owner; got ill in a jail, and recently died in a hospital), Ahmatjan Heyder (a religious figure; got released from a jail after getting seriously ill, but died shortly thereafter), Muhammed Salih (a religious leader and scholar; he did the modern translation of the Holy Quran from Arabic to Uyghur language; he was taken into a concentration camp recently, and died on Jan. 24 at 82. His two daughters and a son-in-law also got arrested), Hebibullah Tohti (returned from Egypt after getting a doctor’s degree, and sentenced to a 10-years prison term shortly thereafter), four wealthiest Uyghurs in Kashgar, and some Uyghurs who studied abroad.  The charges mentioned included “having nationalist tendencies”, “acts against the state”, “having extremist or politically incorrect views”, “being two-faced” and “undertaking unapproved, private hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca)”. Some of such reports can be found at http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/  Previously, the jailing of the Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti received wide coverage in the international media.  However, the most cases in such nature still remain unnoticed and unreported, even though such action of the Chinese government is having devastating impact on the Uyghur society and on the lives of all the Uyghur people in East Turkestan and abroad.

We have obtained information on many more cases of the arrested and the detained influential and/or prominent Uyghurs from people who fled China recently, but we restrained ourselves from presenting such cases in this petition.  The reason is, the Chinese government is currently using one of their ancient tactics in oppressing the whole Uyghur population, namely, “not only cut the grass, but also destroy the roots” (????).  Based on this tactic, if the Chinese government suspects the loyalty of an Uyghur on themselves, they not only arrest and in some cases kill with some fake charges that person, but also they do the same to his/her extended family members.  So it is very common that a lot of Uyghur families have lost more than 10 extended family members to jails, concentration camps and orphanages.  Several examples of such cases are presented in the above report.

We have learned that the Chinese government has issued “arrest schedules”, “look-up tables” and printed verdicts with two blank spaces, the first for the name and the second for the jail time of the future “criminals”, to local government officials and airport administrators.  These documents are issued from the top at the provincial government level down to the heads of all villages.  According to such directives, the Uyghurs who “committed” crimes are divided into 3 categories: (1) 6 months to 3 years jail term (?? in Chinese). People belonging to this category are ordinary, innocent ones who were arrested to fill some quota came down from the top.  For example, in 2017, Urumchi police issued an order to all its branches to arrest 3000 Uyghurs and Kazakhs in this category within a week.  This was reported by the Radio-Free Asia (USA).  (2) 7 – 10 years jail term (??).  It is for people who have relatives abroad, who were found to have stored forbidden contents in their smartphones, and activists.  (3) 10 – 15 years jail term (??). It is for people who returned from abroad, who were forcibly returned from abroad, “political criminals”, and people with religious knowledge.  When “catching” an Uyghur “criminal”, a local government official first determines which category that “criminal” belongs to, fills out a pre-printed verdict mentioned above, and gives that verdict to that “criminal” right at the spot.

For example, since 2016 the CCP government in East Turkestan pressured the parents of the Uyghur students studying in different parts of the world, often using jail terms as a threat.  As a result, some unknown number of Uyghur students (the number is in the thousands in our estimate) went back to East Turkestan to save their parents from trouble.  However, many of those students were sentenced to 3 – 7 years of jail terms and were taken to jails directly from the Urumchi airport upon their return.  In many cases their parents had never seen them after returning from abroad.  They just simply disappeared in East Turkestan or somewhere else in China.

According to the accounts of a close friend who talked to us, Behtiyar, an Uyghur man in his 20s, decided to visit his parents and other relatives in Kashgar in the summer of 2016. Because restrictions and punishments are much more severe in Kashgar than in Urumchi, he decided to protect himself from all the potential troubles by having his smartphone “cleaned up” in a police “black market” in Urumchi.  The police servicemen there asked him to pay 500 Yuan (more than $80) for the service.  He paid them and thought he had made his smartphone “safe” to travel to Kashgar.  He was thoroughly checked after he got off the airplane in Kashgar, including his smartphone.  At that time, one of the police officers told him that he found prohibited contents in Behtiyar’s phone, including a photo of Turkish president Erdogan and another photo of a Turkish national flag. But Behtiyar explained to them what he did in Urumchi before starting this trip.  However, they told him that they can retrieve all the deleted contents from a smartphone.  The police called Behtiyar’s parents and told them that they need to pay the police 30,000 Yuan (about $5,000) to get their son back, otherwise their son will be jailed.  It took 3 days for Behtiyar’s parents to come up with such money. When they finally came to the airport with the money, the police told them that their son had been arrested, given a 7-year prison term and sent to a jail whose location was unknown to them.  Behtiyar was simply disappeared this way. The person who told us the above real story also told us that one prohibited content found in someone’s smart phone earns him or her a minimum 7-year jail term.  That is consistent with Bahtiyar’s 7-years prison term.

Behtiyar is not a prominent Uyghur nor a leading intellectual.  He is just an average Uyghur.  But we told the above story so that you would understand how a jail term is now easily handed out to an innocent Uyghur in East Turkestan.

There was a young Uyghur bodybuilder in southern East Turkestan.  He was well-known to the Uyghur youth with his well-developed and very good-looking body.  He is good in bodybuilding but not known in anything else.  However, the Chinese government targeted him as a suspect because of his influence among the young Uyghur people.  One day the police came up with a fake crime for him and threw him in a jail with a 5-year prison term.  In East Turkestan, jailing an influential Uyghur figure is as simple as that. That is, being prominent or being influential among the Uyghurs is a serious crime in East Turkestan, and thousands of innocent Uyghurs were jailed and detained for such “crime”.  That is part of the reasons why more than 1 million young and adult Uyghurs are currently being held either in jails or in concentration camps, and their small children are sent to orphanages.

The English-language program of the Voice of America (VOA) reported that “Recently, the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has drawn attention to increased restrictions on the ability of Uighurs in China to express and practice their religion. The State Department’s annual Human Rights Report also has highlighted repression of Uighurs’ freedoms of speech, movement, association, and assembly.” We, the Torchlight Uyghur group, thank the US government, as well as the governments of the other countries and various international organizations for their support towards the Uyghur people. In the mean time, we appeal to the United Nations, foreign governments, and other international human rights and humanitarian organizations to demand the Chinese government to unconditionally release those thousands of Uyghur prisoners of influence.

We, the Uyghurs, are powerless and helpless at the moment.  As such, we cannot defend ourselves against the Chinese government’s atrocities and cannot fight this battle for our survival alone.  We need the support of the global community.  If tens of thousands of people from around the world sign our petition, it may be possible that the United Nations will make a commitment and will act to stop the tragedy that the Uyghur people are facing today.

Please join us in our fight to end the appalling atrocities happening in East Turkestan. Please sign and share this petition. Thank you!

An Eyewitness’ Accounts on July 2014 Yarkant Massacre

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A massive killing or massacre took place in Yarkand County of East Turkestan on 28 July 2014. In the massacre, the Chinese armed police killed an unknown number of Uyghurs residing in four different villages, including women, children and old people. Chinese government reported that 59 uprisers and 37 innocent people were killed in the “uprising”. Associated Press reported the number “far exceeds what the government has reported” (reference below). A local Uyghur farmer, Yusup, told AP that more than 1,000 Uyghurs disappeared after this incident, and World Uyghur Congress president Rebiya Kadeer said more than 2,000 people were killed in this massacre. The eyewitness whose accounts in an interview are presented in this report put the number of dead and missing to be more than 3,000.

Guo Wengui  is a Chinese billionaire businessman who later became a political activist. He controls Beijing Zenith Holdings (via proxies Li Lin and Jiang Yuehua) and other assets. At the peak of his career, he was the 73rd richest person in China. Since January 23, 2017, Guo has accepted multiple interviews with media, such as Mingjing, VOA and BBC. In a lecture he distributed in Youtube, he said the following regarding this Yarkand massacre:

“Comrade Mengjianzhu, I know your vices are women and booze. You played with so many young Uighur girls in Xinjiang. Please answer Mr Mengjianzhu, how many people did you killed in Xinjiang?

Majian (former deputy minister of Homeland Security) told me that to celebrate your new position as Minister of Public Security, you ordered the killing of more than 1000 Uighurs under the pretext of a crackdown on terror. How many people did you bury in Xinjiang?

That is unimaginable evil. Do you think I’m not aware of the dispute between you and Zhang Chun Xian (former party head of Xinjiang)? Don’t I know what Zhang Chun Xian says about you? Don’t I know what you did against Zhan Chun Xian? I know every detail of your activities in Xinjiang.”

“I always want to talk about Xinjiang. As you know, the former deputy minister of Homeland Security Majian was in charge of Xinjiang. There are so many events you don’t know of. I have seen many videos about Xinjiang. The miserable people of Xinjaing lead a life of suffering. I can’t describe how pitiful it is. The number of deaths unaccounted for are increadibly high. You don’t’ have access to information about it…crowds of people were buried one after another. How could you know about this? Xinjiang is a hell, a hell 24 hours a day, 360 days a year. It is a frightening tragedy.”

The truths about what has really happened in East Turkestan in the past are extremely hard to come by. The reason is, the Chinese government sageguards such information by all means and with extreme care. That is the case with Yarkand massacre also. We managed to obtain the transcript of an interview between an Uyghur activitist and an eyewitness of the Yarkand massacre, and translated it to English. We deteled some content of the transcript that is not related to the Yarkand massacre, but kept the other part as it is.

Interviewer Introduction

Dear readers, our motherland, East Turkestan, is groaning in pain under the systematic oppression enforced by the Chinese transgressors. China is heavily violating the human rights of the Uyghur people in our motherland and turned our homeland into an open prison. Our country, East Turkestan, is belong to us and inherited from our forefathers and our ancestors, who have created a proud history in this beloved soil with their countless sacrifices. Unfortunately, today, with the inhumane crimes of the Chinese communists, our homeland became an ocean of bloodshed. Our East Turkestan is bleeding and the Uyghurs are shedding their tears every day! No! In fact, our Uyghur people are shedding blood instead of tears. Our land is covered with the blood of the Uyghur people, who are oppressed, humiliated, disgraced, and remained helpless without enjoying any rights of humans. However, we will continue our righteous struggles together with all the people, who have similar fate of being oppressed and fight against dictatorship, state terrorism, and merciless suppression around the world. Our struggles for freedom and liberty will last forever. We believe that justice will eventually overcome injustice!

Dear compatriots, a shocking and mysterious incident took place in Yarkand County of East Turkestan in 2014. This massacre was known as “Yarkend Elishqu (it is called as Ailixihu in Chinese pin-yin) incident”. Since that massacre happened, very similar news was spread through different media outlets all around the world. Because of the unstable situations and a constant crisis in the world, people began to forget the incident gradually with the time being. Now, we have had the chance to conduct this interview just before the incident is wiped out from people’s memory since a fellow countryman who was very familiar with the incident contacted us about this event. Through this interview, we also learned a lot of new details about how the incident began, the causes and the process of the uprising, the final procedure of the crackdown, and the numbers of tricks of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) behind the suppression of the incident. Of course, the purpose to have this interview is also to unveil to the international community the violent crimes of the CCP committed against the Uyghur people and the endless suffering of our people. The purpose is to deliver our complaints about the CCP to the global community because only we ourselves can make our own voice heard to the world correctly.

An Eyewitness’ Accounts

The following are the accounts of an eyewitness of July. 2014 Yarkant Massacre. The eyewitness is a male and currently lives abroad.

Just like other places, there were several checkpoints in the village and the time the incident took place was the last day of Ramadan. People mainly prayed at home and mosques at night times. In that night, a crying voice was noticeably high in a house where village women gathered for a prayer. Normally, the checkpoints in villages have more strict security measures than those in towns. So the police arrested the women praying in that house. After the village men learned the news, they went to the police station demanding the authorities to release those women. However, the police not only refused to release the women, but also treated the villagers very rudely. As a result, a friction emerged between the villagers and the police personals, and such a situation lasted all night. According to some details about the friction we heard later, an Uyghur man returned from abroad told the villagers: “We are obliged to fight now because our wives were arrested by the policemen!”

Once the call reached the people in three villages, the people in those villages upraised for resistance, and equipped themselves with whatever they could find, such as axes, adze, knives, and sticks, etc. They took over the control of the villages, and some of them drove their own cars to take control over some strategic points of traffic roads. They blocked the entrances from Urumchi, Yarkand, and Maralbeshi, and started their battle with the Chinese authorities. The villagers got an upper hand in the beginning, attacked the police cars and killed several policement. The head of Dongbagh village was in Elishqu township at the time with an official bisiness. For the reason that the Chinese communists ordered to kill everybody in the siege, the Chinese riot police and army surrounded the villages and killed some number of government official working for the Chinese authorities together with other villagers. The officials who were killed by the Chinese army included the heads of villages and police station staff. According to some witnesses, the dead body of village chief was broken into several parts. The family of the village chief was informed that he was shot dead among the crowd. However, nobody knows for sure that how many Uyghurs and how many Chinese were killed in the conflict.

There was much unofficial news regarding the incident after the Ramadan until the National holiday. The families of government officials who were killed in the conflict received compensation from the government. The amount was reportedly between 600, 000 and one million Chinese yuan. The allocation of the compensation made some families unhappy since the Chinese families received one million yuan when Uyghur families lost their members received 600,000 yuan. In the same incident and in the same duty, the Uyghur families were treated differently from the Chinese families. This is one of the things Uyghur people kept talking for a while.

Let’s come back to the incident. In the night of the day, 28th of July 2014, after the Chinese troops took over the places that the villagers controlled, they killed all the fighters and cleaned up the places. Then they swept into the three villages under the protection of helicopters and tanks. There was an uncultivated land in the west of the three villages. When the Chinese troops were searching the place, some people came out from their homes as they heard the noise of helicopters and they were all shot to death. All the people in the three villages were shot dead, including those who had never participated in the incident. The villages became an empty place without a single person.

After this massacre was over, the local authorities sent some people to clean up the spot. One of them told me what he witnessed during that clean-up. When they were cleaning the spot, an 80 years old women walked toward them. Several soldiers shouted at the old woman to stop and go back. The old woman said she was looking for her grandchild and didn’t stop. The soldiers shot her dead on the spot.

There was a new developing area in Yarkant that is under the construction. It was called the Southern New City. There were no any people living there at that time. According to some unofficial news, the bodies of the villagers that were killed by the Chinese troops were buried somewhere in that Southern New City. This is still a big secret and majority of the nearby residents came to such conclusion because they saw a lot of trucks constantly moving around the Southern New City just after the incident.

My father-in-law told me about this when he was travelling with us. There was such an announcement at the time. Indeed, we saw with our own eyes that the roadsides were filled with armed soldiers. The situation was so dire that it was impossible to stop and observe what was happening, that was not even allowed. It was later revealed by some people who were among those putting down the uprising that the people who were killed were buried in South New District (Jenubi Yengi Sheher) and was paved over by cement. Those military vehicles/trucks that I saw with my own eyes were also covered with fabrics, and we can’t say for certain if there were dead bodies inside or not. However, it was clear that this was kept secret from the whole Uyghur population. Nevertheless, there was a basis for people’s suspicions, and we think that both possibilities – either burying the dead bodies in the brick kiln, or burying them in the South New District – are there. Because no one saw that with his/her own eyes. In reality, if the number of the dead were smaller, there wouldn’t be so much speculations among the people. But, since the number of dead was about 3000 from the 4 towns, and because the dead were not taken care of properly in time, the dead bodies started to decompose and started to smell, which reached the neighboring towns; there were also a lot of bloods on the streets. All these resulted in various speculations among the people. Also, because those who were patrolling the streets were mostly Uyghurs, they ended up revealing some of the secrets to their families and friends, and thus it started to spread among the people. However, because all of those who attended in taking care of the dead bodies were Han Chinese, it was impossible to obtain an exact answer about where exactly those dead bodies were buried.

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China Detains Uyghurs in Nazi Style Camps

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Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo made a name for himself with his repressive style of rule as party secretary of Tibet from 2011 to 2016. Since his transfer to the Uyghur region in August this year, his tactics have become only more brutal.

Since taking the reins in Xinjiang, Quanguo has launched new polices targeting the religious freedom and cultural identity of the Uyghurs and intensified existing policies like the Communist Party’s “strike hard” campaign against Uyghur.

Chen Quanguo effectively considers all Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang as political threats and “undependable” because of their distinct religious and ethnic identities. The political re-education camps that have popped up in almost every district of Xinjiang that currently detain tens of thousands of Uyghurs are the brainchild of 62-year-old Quanguo. His strike even harder approach in Xinjiang may have helped secure his current seat on the CCP’s 19th Politburo, further cementing his influence in the regime.

In March, the Xinjiang CCP issued the ?????????????? (Regulation on Counterextremism in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region). The regulation requires a massive campaign against politically “untrustworthy” and “incorrect” people plagued by “ideological illness” because of their religious and national identities. The “re-education” camp that detain people from almost every Uyghur city are part of Quanguo’s effort to cure Uyghurs of that “ideological illness” that he sees as their religious and ethnic identity so that they may be more easily assimilated and controlled.

The Chinese government often embellishes its brutal campaigns against Uyghurs with seemingly benign labels. The party has used various politically correct names for the re-education camps, including ???????? (Education and Transformation Centers), Career Development Centers, Professional Education Schools, Socialism Training Schools, and Counter-extremism Training Schools.

An official explained the frequent change in labeling, saying “obviously, the reason or changing the name is to avoid giving others a bad impression“.

CCP Propaganda about the “re-education” camps

Even when the rest of the world wasn’t sure about the existence of the re-education camps, government agencies in Xinjiang were broadcasting propaganda to convince the public of the important role of the camps in maintaining stability in the region. An audio broadcast by the CCP Propaganda Department of Xinjiang has a male Uyghur announcer explain the camps:

Going to a re-education and transformation center is a free opportunity for the ideologically infected to receive treatment and cure their disease. Young friends, how are you? I am very pleased to share my views on this topic. Following the recent strengthening of the strike hard campaign, some of the people in Xinjiang – mainly younger people – have been sent to re-education and transformation centers. But their parents, relatives, and even the majority of Uyghurs don’t know about the re-education and transformation centers and worry about it. Today, we’ll answer the questions you’ve been wondering about.

  1. The people sent to the re-education and transformation center are actually ideologically diseased people infected with ideas of religious extremism and violent terrorism – so they have to be treated.
  2. In order to cure ideologically diseased people in time and guarantee the effectiveness of the treatment, the CCP of Xinjiang decided to set up re-education and transformation camps in every prefecture, city and county all over Xinjiang. The government has organized special officials to teach the people the laws and regulations of the country and the autonomous region, the ethnic and religious policies, various beneficial party policies, and the state language – Chinese.

First, the government will clarify what is wrong and what is right, what they should do and what they should not do. The government assures the people that it will exterminate any impact of religious extremism and violent ideas. It will ensure that those who are ideologically infected will regain their ideological health and return to their homes to reunite with their family members after their minds have been cleaned from harmful ideas.

Second, an ideological illness is as dangerous as physical illness. So it must also be cured at once. We should never postpone the treatment of ideological illness. Otherwise it would deteriorate and threaten our lives. Otherwise we won’t have even enough time to regret. Some may say

“I only had a one-time experience of listening to or watching a religious preaching or violent extremism audio or video. I recognized my wrong and won’t listen to or watch it again. I have so many important things to do, so can I not go to the re-education and transformation center?”.

Some may say the stay at the re-education and transformation center is too long, can’t it be shorter? The answer to those questions are NO. An infection of religious and violent extremism is serious. If anyone escapes from treatment, he will throw himself and society in danger.

Re-education and transformation centers are special hospitals to cure ideological illnesses. The hospital is free, and food and housing is provided. The government built new re-education centers all over Xinjiang to provide the conditions to educate and change the people. The government has appointed a lot of key officials as doctors to these hospitals to treat ideological illness.

Family members of re-educated people, don’t worry. Nobody will be left hungry at the re-education centers. There is no cold, no labor, but there is rare and free opportunity for people to be trained so that they may change. The government’s guarantees to re-educate the people and after that they will live normal lives like others.

The audio is available through various government propaganda offices in Xinjiang.

Targets: The detainees at the camps

According to local officials, the superior agencies have ordered that half of the Uyghur populations in the south be detained if they exhibit the following behaviors:

  • Ideological illness
  • Politically incorrect views
  • Extremist ideas
  • Harboring extremist and politically incorrect views
  • Recent travel abroad

“Five kinds of suspicious people have been detained and sent to re-education camps – people who throw away their mobile phone’s SIM card or do not use their mobile phone after registering it; former prisoners; blacklisted people; suspicious people who have some fundamental religious sentiment; and the people who have relatives abroad,” a female police officer from far western Xinjiang told RFA.

Chinese auhtorities have formed an official grading standard using those abstract notions to determine their targets. Uyghurs are scored according to their religious background, political views, and other factors. Those who get a score under 60 are considered dangerous and are sent to the camps.

Mainly Uyghurs

The majority of those targeted are Uyghurs. Other Turkic minorities have also been targeted, but no Han Chinese have been the subject of China’s “re-education” efforts in Xinjiang. Earlier this month, local officials in Xinjiang told RFA that thousands of Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities – including Kyrgyz and Kazakhs – are being held in re-education camps without contact with their families under a policy designed to counter extremism in the region.

Sources believe there are virtually no ethnic Han Chinese held in the Xinjiang re-education camps, despite Han Chinese making up the majority of Xinjiang’s population. Those sources also indicate that the number of detainees in southern Xinjiang – where there are higher concentrations of Uyghurs – significantly exceed that of the northern part of the region.

The “politically unreliable”

“The Chinese authorities are holding people at these ‘political education’ centers not because they have committed any crimes, but because they deem them politically unreliable”.

Since April,  Uyghurs who have traveled abroad have been accused of harboring “extremist” and “politically incorrect” have been detained in re-education camps throughout Xinjiang until they admit that they committed a “wrong” by leaving the country.

“I learned through my work that among the detainees [from my district] 13 people were held for traveling abroad with a tourist company, “ said ___. “One person had gone on hajj to Mecca two years ago, and two others had studied in Turkey for a short time before returning home”.

Believers

Anyone with a religious background may be targeted, including religious teachers, imams, and youth who learn to practice their religion at home..

One official from Aksaray’s Number Two village in Hotan said that officers are to  “target people who are religious – for example younger men who sport beards”

A family of four Uyghurs –including two children – were taken to a political education facility in western Xinjiang in April for traveling abroad for business and for the Hajj, according to a Human Rights Watch report.

Xinjiang authorities also imprisoned an Uyghur man after accusing him of “religious extremism” for scolding his son for drinking alcohol.

Life inside the camps

Those detained in the camps are treated like criminals and are not free to see their family members. They are interrogated by police and face imprisonment if they do not comply with the rules and regulations of the camp. And they have no legal protections.

Those who have actual physical illnesses are kept inside the camps instead of being sent to hospitals. The local authorities keep them busy with labor and aren’t concerned about the needs of the people, aside from the very basic necessities like food and sleep. Some elderly Uyghurs and children have died because they were left without the care of their loved ones who were sent to the camps.

Those at the camp are forced to learn CCP ideology. The government has set up classrooms in addition to interrogation rooms and barracks inside the camps. The instructors and other staff, like the “students” at these “re-education” camps who are essentially prisoners, live inside the camp and share the same courtyard with the detainees. The centers’ main gates are guarded 24 hours a day and instructors are required to obtain permission before leaving the facility.

Those who fail to actively learn the political ideology force fed to them at the camp face imprisonment. It’s these kinds of extreme measures that suggest the true aim of the camps are not to educate as much as it is to strip the detainees of their Uyghur identity and force them to accept a Chinese identity.

“During the re-education, they will say ‘Yes, it was a mistake to travel abroad, when the Party and government have created such a high living standard in our own country; we were ungrateful – we were ungrateful when we decided to go elsewhere.”

One official was instructed during a web conference in June that 80 percent of those arrested in re-education camps were to be “severely punished,” including those with “extreme views.”

Detentions increase

While the number of those detained cannot be adequately confirmed, almost all sources indicate mass detentions and extrajudicial imprisonment are becoming the norm in Xinjiang. RFA has reported that nearly half of the Uyghurs in Hotan have been targeted for re-education camps.

The camps in Ghulja county , Ili Kazakh prefecture and Korla City hold at least 3600 detainees each, local officials told RFA’s Uyghur Service. Those camps are run under the label of “career development centers” to mask their true nature.

According to one of the teachers in a re-education camp in Ghulja City, there are five camps in a just one of Ghulja’s countries – Turpanyuzi.

“There are 30 to 50 students in each class, so I estimate the total number of people who are undertaking the re-education program [across the county] to be at least 1,500.”

Sources in Bayin’gholin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture’s Korla city, where Uyghurs have previously protested house raids during China’s “strike hard” anti-terrorism campaigns, told RFA that the municipality has three re-education camps with at least 2,100 detainees. A “socialism institute” in the municipality detains more than 40 religious figures.

A Kazakh source close to the Urumqi police department said that “they have to detain 3000 Kazakhs or Uyghurs per week.”

An uncertain future in the camps

We have been unable to reach anyone who has been released from these camps. Some officials told RFA “students are not allowed to leave the camp until they have completed the full program, but the length of the training is unclear – the rules only say that the program is complete once a satisfactory level has been achieved.”

“I have been teaching for the last six months, but there is no one in my class who has completed the course and no one knows when the training will end.”

“Nobody knows how long the ‘closed education’ lasts. First of all, the detainees are interrogated by the police, and then they are sent to different education camps.”

“A few people were released after two to three months. But most detainees sent to the camps remain indefinitely.”? ?

Rights Organizations Call China to release detainees

Most  observers believe that The Chinese government’s aim is to streamline ideology in an area it perceives to be troubled by radical violence and Uyghur nationalist rights movements and perhaps even erase the western region’s connections with outside world.

Frances Eve, researcher at Chinese Human Rights Defenders, the ramped up suppression in Xinjiang will likely continue past the Party Congress’s because it appears Chen was brought to Xinjiang to replicate the heavy-handed tactics he used in Tibet.

<<Using this sledgehammer approach to counter-terrorism and ethnic-minority policy making is extremely misguided. It violates the civil and political rights of ethnic Uyghurs and does nothing to address the serious economic and social gaps between Han Chinese [the national majority] and Uyghurs,”

The lack of a response from the international community is somewhat surprising in the face of mounting evidence of the re-education camps.

“The U.N. can request the Chinese government allow its independent special experts or the High Commissioner on Human Rights to visit the region, and governments should put more pressure on China to allow journalists and other groups into the region to independently report on the situation,”

The New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch called on the Chinese government to free the thousands of Xinjiang people placed in the camps since April 2017 and close them down.

“The Chinese authorities are holding people at these ‘political education’ centers not because they have committed any crimes, but because they deem them politically unreliable,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch.

“It is fair to say that the Chinese government has heightened the repression and discrimination against a particular ethnic group to an extent that seems quite unprecedented,” Maya Wang, Senior Researcher, Asia Division at HRW (21)

“The government has provided no credible reasons for holding these people and should free them immediately,” she added, in an appeal published by Human Rights Watch.

Human Rights Watch said the newly unfolding Xinjiang program called to mind the compulsory ‘re-education’ of hundreds of Tibetans following their return from a religious gathering called the Kalachakra Initiation in India in December 2012 , when Chen Quanguo was Tibet’s Communist Party secretary.

The Xinjiang political education detention centers — where inmates who have not broken any laws are detained extrajudicially, indefinitely and without the knowledge of their families – run contrary to China’s constitution and violate international human rights law, Human Rights Watch noted.

Political Persecution of the Uyghurs—Brief Description of Some Individual Cases

Torchlight Uyghur Group (mesheluyghur@gmail.com)

In this report, we briefly describe some individual cases in which the relatives of an Uyghur living abroad got persecuted in East Turkestan (also known as East Turkestan Uyghur Autonomous Region in China).  The people who provided the information us the information below all live abroad.  However, we did not identify them by their real names and in some cases by the names of the countries they are currently residing in.  The reason is, if we identify them, the Chinese government will persecute their relatives still living in East Turkestan. It is a common practice in China, and as far as we know many Uyghurs have got persecutated that way.  We have recently learned from some sources back home that the number of the Uyghurs currently being held in jails and in “political re-education concentration camps” (http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/ ) is 800,000 – 1,000,000.  This is an official number we obtained, and actual number could be much higher than one million.  Some people who came out of East Turkestan to abroad recently are saying that the number of the Uyghur people who were jailed, detained in Nazi sytel concentration camps and their young childred being kept in orphanages is more than 5 million.

The following cases are described only in the order of the information that we received.

Case #1: Reyhan’gul, an female living in Europe

My second older sister was sentenced to 17 years (of prison terms), her husband was sentenced to 8 years.  They had 3 sons and one daughter.  Their youngest child was a boy, and was taken to an orphan care center.  The other two sons and the daughter were also taken away by the police, and I don’t know for how many years they were sentenced to.  My oldest sister’s son and her husband were also sentenced to jail terms, but we don’t know for how many years.  My third sister was also arrested, and we don’t know anything else about her.  Her husband was sentenced to 8 years.  My third sister’s 15-year old son was also arrested, but I don’t know for how many years he was sentenced to.

That is, in my extended family, 10 people were sentenced to various jail times, and one child was taken to an orphan care facility.

Case #2: Jana’s the second oldest sister  (audio clip  1:13)

My sister has never had a passport, never been here, and never been to any foreign country. We loved each other so much so that we could not live without seeing each other. We used to live in a city in Northern East Turkestan (East Turkestan).  I communicate with her over the telephone. She was detained for chatting with me over the phone. Recenlty when I called her, she said “please do not call me again, they have put me in hospital, and I have just returned home.” I asked why, and she said “your fault made me ill.”  Now I understand that because of my fault of coming to Turkey she was jailed.

Case #3: Kawsar  (audio clip  10:51)

Recently we saw a sad news in the Istiklal newspaper. According to that paper, a boy named Kawser was sentenced to 16 years of jail term. My son is so sad and cried very hard when he heard the news.  That boy separated himself from the Uyghur community and didn’t participate in any community or political activities.  He was afraid to visit our home and he was always very careful.  At that time, he was in a college in Karaman Marash city.  I asked him many times to visit my home in the current for home-made Uyghur foods, but he told me that “my parents are back in our homeland, I’m afraid that would endanger their safety”. I told him our home is far away from the rest of the Uyghur community, and is surrounded by Turkish neighbors and nobody would recognize him if he visited our home. He still declined my invitation and told me it is better for him not to come, so that he would not face trouble from the Chinese authorities when he returns back to our homeland in the future. Since then, very likely due to his extreme cautiousness, he did not even pick up my phone calls. In order to make a living he worked as a translator in a Chinese owned electric company in Kariman Marash.  He didn’t participate in any Uyghur community activities.  But when he went to our homeland in China to visit his family, he was still arrested and sentenced to a lengthy jail time.

Case #4: A Dentist’s Story

When I was working as a shopkeeper I had a dentist neighbor.  He and 10 or so friends got together and ate dinner. It was a regular Uyghur gathering with funny jokes , and they were having good time,  no sensitive topics were discussed. After they went home, some of the dinner participants were arrested by the police.  That gathering was organized by a person called Ablet,  and he was arrested on a  charge of organizing that event. He was sentenced and currenly serving in a prison in Karamay City.

Ablet learned Quran from us. After his arrest, his mother came to my home. She said to me: “What is going on,  what is wrong with  people just get together,  what happened to the government,  how can they charge and  arrest someone for  eating dinner together as a group?”   I told her “this is a station we  cannot do anything about it”.  My dentist neighbor also said to me: “Sister, all of the people we had dinner together  on that day were arrested. Do you think they will arrest me as well?”

Shortly after that, my dentist neighbor was also arrested. He has two young children, one of them is still an infant.  Local government officials  warned neighbors not to give any food or material support to their present family.  If they did they could also be arrested.  Government officials also warned his wife by saying: “Do not get any donation from anyone, including your parents and relatives.  Whoever gives you any material support you need to report that to us.  If you don’t, we will increase the degree of your husband’s punishment to a more severe term.  If you need any help, you need to directly contact us”.  She got into a very tough situation.  We supported her in secret.  One of her children got sick, but she didn’t have enough financial resources to take her child to a doctor. We gave her 50 Yuan. Several other people also gave her some money.  Also, even though a government official told her that they would help, but that never happened.  The government oppression went up to an unprecedented level.  After I came back to Turkey, I talked to the lady to whom I transferred my business assets. I asked my dentist neighbor’s situation, and she told me his situation has not changed that much, and  she did not tell me anything else. The dentist is over 20 years old. When I visited our hometown in East Turkestan (East Turkestan), he was not sentenced to a jail term yet. Now, according to the news, he is sentenced to 8 years of prison term, and he has serious medical condition that needs to be cured.  The dentist’s wife is about 23 years old.  After her husband’s arrest, I always saw her sad and crying.

Case #5: Audio Clip 4:17

On March 14,  2017, they took my father away.  In order to learn his whereabouts, my family went to a police office and asked them if they know the whereabouts of my father. They asked my grandfather to give his ID card number  to the police.  They checked his number and found that no person was assigned that ID number in East Turkestan. Two weeks after arresting my father, they also arrested my grandfather. My grandfather stayed in a detaining center for two months. During that time, his  health deteriorated  and the police dropped  him off at a hospital.  Shortly after, they arrested  my grandmother. When the police saw she became very week, she was also dropped off in a hospital. My grandparents are currently in their 60s.  Then they arrested my uncle.  After he was detained for about three months,  he was sent to an ER also.

All of my arrested family members were in good health when they were arrested. But their health deteriorated during their detention and they were dropped off  in a hospital. My uncle was dropped off in ER during a night time without informing our family. He got slightly better next morning and contacted our family. When our family member went to get him, he was taken away by the police who were guarding him. On the same night, he was dropped off in ER again with a failing health.

This is what I know about my family.  I heard my mother became mentally disordered. I got this information about 3 month ago, in October of 2017. I heard this happened some time ago, but my brother kept it secret from me for a while before telling me. So far, we got no news regarding my father’s whereabouts. My father’s name is Hushur. My grandfather’s name is Ilham, my grandmother’s name is Aynur. The uncle’s name is Adil.  I am Guljamal, and I am about 18 years old.

Case #6: Aynur Yasin, Southern East Turkestan (Audio Clip 1:51)

His father was a shopkeeper in a market,  and her mother was a teacher. In about  March 2017,  there  was a big event, an explosion, in Southern East Turkestan,  according to a news reported by Instiklal TV. After that event, the Chinese authorities brought about 5 thousand military troops from inner China and carried out mass arrests. During that time, her father was arrested, after that he vanished to this day without a trace . She did video chats with her father through WeChat before, and she kept those chat records in WeChat archives. I have seen those videos before.  Recently, she opened those files and discovered those video records were edited. Parts of the video showing her father was deleted, and other non-relevant parts  stayed intact. The original video was 4 minutes long, but now it was shortened to 2 minutes.  No news regarding her father so far. She could not contact with her uncles and aunts. Her brother used to work for the police, but he also disappeared in April.  This girl is currently living in Turkey without any financial support.

Case #7: Yunusjan (Audio Clip 5:31)

My name is Yunusjan Emmet.  I am from an outskirt district of Karamay city.  My parents were divorced when I was very young.  Currently, I am abroad and have lost contact with them for quite a while, and I don’t know their whereabouts.  I believe that they might be in jail or locked up in one of the “political education” camps proliferated in recent months in my homeland.  I heard that Yasin Abdusalam’s brothers are also vanished without trace.  He is someone I knew from my neighborhood.  I can still remember that his older brother’s name is Abdulehet, but I cannot recall his other brother’s name.  But I know that the brothers are from a religiously conservative family.  I heard later from my wife that the brothers were also detained and I believe that they could be labeled as “separatist” or “religious extremist”.  I don’t know anything else about them. Due to severe psychological trauma, and emotionally stress and anxiety, my memory is deteriorating.  I could not recollect anything else about them.

In February 2010, I was detained at Urumqi airport terminal. My mother was also picked up simply because she came to say goodbye at the airport.  Even though I was holding a legally issued passport and visa, they arrested and sentenced both of us for two and half years on an accusation that I was going abroad to join “Jihadist movement”.

Any parents in their right minds would accompany their loved ones to the airport to say goodbye. I was leaving her to go abroad for education, and she was detained just because of saying farewell to her child at airport.

They accused my mother of instrumental and financially supportive of my going abroad to engage in “illegal activities against Chinese state”.  I believe that she is now again in incarceration due to the same charges.   I won’t forget the days that my family was harassed regularly and they forced us to attend “patriotic study meetings” on a weekly basis.  My mother has heart problems and is suffering from poor health.  She was emotionally tormented by the harassments and humiliations.  Since I left abroad, police visits and interrogates her regularly about me and my activities abroad.  I am deeply aware of the tremendous sufferings and traumas my mother and sister are going through for my sake.    I sometime try to comfort myself that what happed to my loved ones are way less horrific than what happed to other Uyghur families and their loved ones back in my homeland.  Many of them died in Chinese prisons or simply vanished without official account.

Case #8: Asiye Hushur’s account of her sister’s disappearance (Audio Clip 6:18)

Both my sister and my son were vanished, and I believe they are in jail or in “special education “camps now.  Or, my son might be kidnapped by Chinese human traffickers to inland China.  I heard many horrific stories about Uyghur kids in our region are disappearing.  I am originally from Southern East Turkestan and currently residing in Turkey with my daughter.  My sister and her 11th-grader son visited us in Turkey about a year ago.   Police took my sister from her home the second day after they went back to their home from Turkey.  Her son was expelled from school because of his trip to Turkey.  I lost contact with her and she is incommunicado.   I called my parents and they pleaded me not to call them.  I did not call any of our other relatives or friends back home because I don’t want to create trouble for them. I heard that police will harass those who receive calls from abroad.   Relatives of those detained or missing dare not ask police whereabouts of their loved ones.  My sister and my son are gone for almost 10 months now, and I am devastated and helpless.  I dare not go back to my country because I know they would definitely put us in jail, too.  Several years ago, they arrested my elder brother, too, and he perished in prison.

Case #9: An Incident Resulted from Birth Control (Audio Clip 7:07)

In the end of February, 2013, there was a man named as Mirshat in a village of Ghulja. He was above 60 years of age, and he was a Chinese spy. In spite of that, his sons were pious and they were men of good morality.

One of his sons, named as Shirdil, was about 45 years old. Shirdil had three sons. Shirdil’s wife got pregnant, and she wanted to have a daughter when all of her children were boys. Although we were living in the same neighbourhood, we were unaware of her pregnancy.  The woman kept her pregnancy very secret, and she moved to a different place when her stomatch became bigger. This was noticed by one of the villagers. I was not sure if Shirdil’s father reported this after discovering his daughter-in-laws’ secret or someone else did so. The woman was not at home when the family planning officers came to visit her. Her husband was detained, but the woman said she was due shortly and she would return home after she delivered the baby. She genuinely believed they would not kill the baby once she was born.

The police called for Mirshat and said: “You are a government employee. No matter how, you must find your daughter-in-law. Otherwise, we will suspend your work and you will stop receiving salaries.” Returning home, this man pressured his son to find his daughter-in-law and requested him to get her home. Despite of any consequences, the man eventually found his wife who was hiding at a relative’s home. The police took her to the hospital by force, caused her to have an abortion even though the baby was due in just a few days. The woman was given an injection to kill the baby before she was to be aborted. The woman was carrying the baby for nine months. The baby was a well-developed boy. After all of this, the woman became seriously ill.

Mirshat, who was a healthy man, also died secretly in less than a month after he handed over his daughter-in-law and killed his own grandchild. It was a spring time when Shirdil’s wife told me all about this.

Case #10: Muhtar’s Family Situation (Audio Clip 9:46)

There were two imams for the mosque in my neighbourhood. One was my husband, Ilshat Hajim, and another was Yunusjan. One day, Yunusjan said: “My son has now grown up. I am worried that he would get involved with something terrible here and cause trouble. Therefore, I would like him to join you to study abroad”. We then came to Istanbul with Yunusjan’s son, Mirshat, who stayed with us in our house for more than a year. Mirshat went to study the Quran on the other side of Istanbul. Later, his older brother also came to Istanbul. Mirshat then moved out to stay together with his older brother. Later, he was sent back home to East Turkestan. Before he returned home, his parents had already spent 100,000 RMB to have him de-listed from a terrorist list. On his way back home, Mirshat posted a short video of him online when he was on the plane. Seeing this, my son told my wife that Mirshat was going home. I then telephoned his older brother and I was told that Mirshat got home safely. We were not worried about him when we saw he posted his more pictures on the internet after meeting his parents in East Turkestan.

Towards the end of February, 2017, the police suddenly came to Yunusjan’s house and Mirshat was taken away.  So far, there has been no news about this boy. Mirshat’s older brother, Ilshatjan, had to contact with his parents via another person because he himself cannot contact them directly.  In April 2017, his father, Yunusjan, was also detained by the police, but was released in June.  Just two days after his release, he was again taken away by the police.  Since then there has been no news about him.

We tried very hard to find out information about Mirshat but in vain. We went to many places, but anywhere we go, we are simply told that ‘Mirshat is not here’.

Mirshat’s house has now become a place being frequently visited by the police.

Mirshat is 18 years old. His name on his passport appears as Abdulehet. People in his neighbourhood just call him as Mirshat.

Case #11: Polat’s father’s situation (Audio Clip 1:32)

I had a friend named as Polat. Because his younger brother had been taken to the re-education center in China, he heard from his father that his younger brother’s heart had stopped on 9 January 2018. According to him, his younger brother used to be healthy. His father is over 80. According to the information from China, most of the people who are taken to the re-education centres are dying there.

  1. Nuriman. In Egypt, there was one boy and two girls responsible for the Quran literacy of new female students at the Quran course. In 2015, after going for a Haj from Egypt, Nuriman returned to East Turkestan with her husband and their children. In 2016, she sent her oldest daughter to Turkey, and her son to Egypt, to study. In 2017, five people in her family were arrested. Her oldest daughter was sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment, her husband and their son to 5 years each, and she herself to 5 years. The woman settled down in Urumqi although she was originally from Ghulja.
  2. Guljamal. Originally from Turfan, Guljamal was a student at a senior middle school in Izhar, Egypt. In 2016, she was admitted to Izhar University. Before starting her degree at the university, she returned to Turfan to visit her parents. Being unable to return to Egypt, she was married locally. One week after her wedding, she was arrested and sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment for studying in Egypt.
  3. Zeytun. Originally from Kashgar, Zeytun was a student at Izhar University. She taught Arabic grammar in a religious course for Uyghur female students. In 2016, she returned to Kashgar to get married. She planned to return to Egypt after her wedding. But she was arrested in 2017 and was sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment later on.
  4. Guljamal. Originally from Ghulja but Guljamal was settled down in Urumqi. In 2015, she returned home from Egypt. While in Egypt, she worked as a teacher to Uyghur children to teach Uyghur literacy. In 2016, Chinese authorities broke into her house and took her back to China from Egypt. There has been no news about her since she arrived at Urumqi International Airport.
  5. Abduwali. Originally from Hotan, Abduwali came to Egypt from China in 2016. His parents were sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment each for sending Abduwali and his older brother together with his children to Egypt.
  6. Mediniyet. Originally from Ghulja, Mediniyet was admitted to the preparatory school for a junior middle school in Izhar. In September 2015, Mediniyet returned to East Turkestan but was unable to return to Egypt. In 2017, Mediniyet was arrested by the Chinese authorities.
  7. Ghuppur. Originally from Ghulja, Ghuppur was a student at a senior middle school in Izhar. He returned to Ghulja, East Turkestan, in 2016. He was in an extremely difficult situation when he was in Ghulja, so he returned to Egypt in less than a month. Being forced by the Chinese authorities, he returned to China in 2017. He went missing as soon as he arrived at Urumqi International Airport. After a certain period of time, it appeared that he was sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment.
  8. Shokret. Originally from Ghulja, Shekret made a visit to East Turkestan in 2015 when he was a junior student of a middle school in Izhar. Following the strong request for him to return to East Turkestan from his parents who were pressured by the authorities in 2017, Shokret finally returned to East Turkestan but he disappeared after arriving at Urumqi International Airport upon returning from Egypt. After a certain period of time, it became known that Shokret had been sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.

Case #12: Asiye Haji’s Family Story (Audio Clip 12:48)

When we were back home, we know that the son of Mihrigul, who is the sister of Ilshat Haji, were preparing for college at home. They made their living by selling milk. Mihrigul raised kettles for living after she retired and her son did the delivery using his motorcycle. One day after a delivery, he stopped at an internet caffee to search for college information. After he came out from there, all of a sudden a number of policemen appeared in front of him and asked where he got his motorcycle, which really baffled him. He said to them that he had owned it for a while and he has proper documents to prove it. However, the police started to physically attacking him disregarding his explanation by calling him “stupid”. He punched back a couple of policemen in self defense, for which he was arrested and was forced to sit on an electric chair for a whole night. The police interrogated him the whole night by beating him using batons and asking him where he got his motorcycle. And it happenned in a police station in Urumchi.

Since he did not return home at expected time, his siblings started to look for him by tracing his delivery routes by car and motorcycle that they owned. They searched for him for a whole night but he was nowhere to be found. On the way back home around 4am in the morning, they heard some shouting voice very similar to thier brother’s voice when they were passing by the police station. So they approached the police station and knocked its door.

– What do you want? Asked the police

– I heard a voice similar to my brother whom I am looking for whole night.

– What is his name?

– Ilshat.

– Oh, Ilshat is your brother?

– Yes.

– He is inside. He attacked the police so we detained him.

– What was his crime?

– The motorcycle he is riding is a stolen motorcycle.

– We bought it from a shop and we have papers that I can bring from home to show you.

They went home to get the papers and showed it to the police. Then two policeman brought Ilshat out by carrying him wihout saying anything. He was severly beaten and lost conscienceness.

His brothers started to ask questions from police why he was beaten so serverly since he did not commit any crime. However, instead of explaning the case, the police started to threaten them with arrest. So they returned home with Ilshat who was severly injured by the police buttons and electric stun gun. It took a long time for him to recover from those woonds. But it did not stop there. Since from that incident, Ilshat was detained multiple times and accused with so called political crimes as thousands of Uyghurs face on daily basis. There is no trial or conviction whatsoever but people get arrested whenever police wanted.

What happended to my son is pretty much similar in nature. He was at home when one of his friend called him out. As soon as he stepped outside, he was abducted by police just for the fact that he was wearing a blue jacket that a robber was supposedly wearing during an earlier robbery. So several police officers were running around arresting anyone who happens to be wearing blue jacket in town. His brother saw the whole thing and ran to the house to let us know what had happened. So we immediately followed the police to a police station.  Once we got there, we asked the police for an explanation. They made us wait for about an hour and finaly told us that they made a mistake. We know from prior experience that it is no use to puruse justice there and we know that my son’s fate will be no different than Ilshat we mentioned ealier. So we decided to leave our homeland and go to another country by selling all we had, including our car. With the help of our relatives, he was able to get his passport and come to Egypt. When our eldest son’s passport was ready, he and his future wife could not come with us,  so we left them behind.

What I have shared here is just something that happend to me or people around me. I am willing to share these hoping that at least we can let the world know about terrible injustices that Chinese government is forcing upon the Uyghurs back home.

Case #13:  Janan’s Husband Emet (Audio clips 3:29 and 14:38)

My husband Emet worked as a Muazzin (caller for prayer) in a Mosque for 15 years when we were in our homeland. He came to a foreign country without quitting his role (it would not be possible to come out safely if he did not keep this secret).

A girl named Gulshen who was learning Quran from Emet has been jailed because of teaching how to pronounce the two letters – Alif (?) and  Baa ((? to another woman. When that woman was interrogated to confess who taught these, she told Gulshen did it. The girl Gulshen was 16 at the time, and she was taken from her home at midnight because of teaching the two letters.

When a policemen knocked her door at midnight, before openning the door she asked her dad.

  • These must be policemen who came to arrest me, what should I say if they ask who taught me Quran? If I say Emet taught me, then they would torture him a lot. (We all and even our children heard many times that Chinese police torture people brutally). I would not tell about him (Emet), how if they torture me too painfully?

Before getting an answer and open the door, policemen banged on the door so hard that it nearly shattered.

Later her dad informed us that Gulshen was detained and Emet should move to somewhere elso or he will be jailed and would also cause many of his students to be arrested.  There was a rich young Uyghur man in our town and he used to be in good relationship with policemen. He also said, please help get Emet moved somewhere elso immediately. At the time, we were under close watch by police, they used to come to our home everyday, asking qustions such as “who taught Quran’, “where did you learn” and so on. We answered all their questions, the next day policemen from city police bureau came for the similar questions in various ways. Policemen from our twon brach office and local village also came to us with similar questions and threats every day. Our home was under police watch from 2013 until the end of 2014. Emet gave the same answer to them every time. A police from city police bureau named Yaqup (please change his name as he is Uyghur and an assistant police) told the rich young Uyghur man that Emet has to take shelter, has to move to somewhere else.

Before everything came to the surface, a young man helped us to get visa and we went to Malaysia with Emet and our daughter. We had to leave our son there as he was restricted from going abroad for 5 years. Then we came to the current country via Malaysia in 2015. After we left, Chinese police troubled my son a lot asking about our whereabouts. As we advised before we left, my son said to police that “my brother is sick and my parents have gone to his country to take care of him, help him get over the illness. They will either bring him back or care for him in a hospital there until he recovers.”  My son kept asking us when we will go back over the phone, and we kept saying ‘he is getting better and we will be back soon’.

My elder sister’s daughter Minawar used to work in disability support sector in a town. She was the guarantor to my husband Emet to get passport. Therefore the police arrested her and threatened her, demanding her to bring my husband back home. At the time we were in the current country, she told us on WeChat ( a phone app we used contact with her before) many times that we must return to home. She said ‘I am now going to your country with police.  Poliemen are with me now and I can bring you back wherever you live in your current country. You will see how I will bring you back. You have destroyed my family, caused me to be jailed and lose my job. My salary stopped, what do I eat and dring now?’  We shut down our phone but she kept sending messages.

Meanwhile Emet’s elder sister, Mehirgul, was the guarantor for me and my children to get our passports. She was also in the same trouble.  She was retired, and her retirement salary was stopped. Policemen detained her and told her that you were the guarantor for Emet’s wife and children. Emet has gone to overseas without resigning from his role as a Muazzin (caller for prayer). You must bring him and his wife back’. Her son-in-law said “ Why do not you come like a man? You caused us trouble and destroyed two families” in a very insulting tone. We remained silent as we understand that they were troubled. We told them that we are very sorry and we will go back soon.

After the threatening messages from my elder sister’s daughter Minawar that she will come to our current country with police to arrest us. We left the city we are staying and moved to another city. Her threatening words made us feel that they will really come. We told our close friends in the former city that if someone asks about us please say ‘I do not know them’. Later we got to know that they issued arrest order for my husband Emet, we did not receive the actual copy of the arrest order, but learned it through Eli, a builder from our hometown who visited our home in our former city.  He came with his wife Hornisa. His daughter Nurnisa was a student in our current country. She was sick at the time, her father came to take her daughter back home. When they returned to China all of them were put in jails just because they went to a foreign country in the “Restricted 26 country list” of Chinese government.

During his visit at my home in our former city, he said ‘You should never return to your home, they have made an official arrest order. Emet’s older brother sent his words through him, my brothet should never come back. But if Emet comes back, they will torture him brutally. They looked for Emet a lot as if they searching for a hundred people’.

When we were in our hometown, a rich young man built a two-storey mosque there. It was two-story with basement. The basement was made to meet congregation prayers needs, especially during Eid and Ramadan there were no enough space for people come to pray in ground level. The local government sent some people fill the basement with soil. They also broke down the mosque tower from its top saying it was made 40 cm taller than their regulation. The tower was 17 meter tall. When we visited our village, we saw the towers of all themusques there had also been broken from their top. Emet got involved in these incidents asking them to stop. When one Chinese man came in to a mosque without removing his shoes, Emet told him not to enter the mosque with shoes as the carpets were newly placed and need to stay clean. But the Chinese man got upset and said ‘ who are you to dare to say remove my shoes? What can you do if I do not remove my shoes’. After the incident the Chinese man slandered Emet and blamed him of ethnic separatist. Then a group of armed police came to arrest Emet. The young man who built the mosque was so good in Chinese language. He spoke to police and explained the real situation, indicating Emet was speaking nicely to the Chinese man and Emet is in good relationships with other Chinese neighbours. He also said that was a misunderstanding and there was nothing like ethnic separatist. At the time, situation was not as bad as now and he was saved from being arrested. But they made him a target after the incident.

These are the reasons we stayed in the current country. They (police) told my son that you will be freed from prison when your parents come back. When they arrested my son we did not know that we could actually apply for refugee under the United Nation (UN). Later our friends in our former city said “ Because they issued an arresting order on you, why do not you apply for a status to the UN?  Recently this country and China are getting good relationships, so it’s better to go to another country”. Therefore we applied for a refugee status, but we are still living in fear. There is an agreement between this country and China that this country will transfer criminals to China.  That’s why we are living in fear. We have not returned to our former city since long long time ago. This country has embraced us and we are living here according to this country’s law. Whichever country we will go, we will obey the law of the country while keeping our faith. If we go anyone’s home, we have to respect them. I always remind my children about this point. We have never involved with any illegal activity in this country.

“China: Execute My Mother and My Wife Instead! I will Pay for the Bullets”

This report is prepared by Torchlight Uyghur Group

Contact e-mail: mesheluyghur@gmail.com

January 21, 2018

“I ask the Chinese government to execute my mother and my wife, and I will pay for the bullets!” told Abdurahman Hasan, an Uyghur businessman from Kashgar, to Istiqlal TV, a Turkish based media outlet in Uyghur language, last week.

This is the first time he has openly ever criticized the Chinese government’s abuses of the human rights in East Turkestan, despite all of the potential dangers that his other family members and his business may face from the Chinese government.

His mother, Amina Memet, a 68-year-old retired teacher who had worked for 30 years for a local government in East Turkestan, and his wife, Tunsagul Nurmuhemmed, mother of two children and a 22-year-old housewife, have been being detained in concentration camps for almost a year, and the whereabouts of his two young children remain unknown.

Abdurahman is a successful businessman in his fruit exporting business to bordering Central Asian countries.  In 2015, he invested a fairly large amount of money to build a soccer sport (Uyghur football) school and club to promote local football industry in Kashgar, a city bordering Pakistan in southern East Turkestan. For that reason he became a target of routine surveillance to the local authorities for his influence in Uyghur society.  He left China in January 2017 to Turkey when the local government began to crack down on all kinds of influential Uyghur public figures and send the people who considered by the government as politically unreliable to concentration camps.

Why his mother and wife detained?

Abdurahman Hasan said, “First of all, their only crime is being Uyghur. Secondly, like many other Uyghurs whose relatives are currently living in Turkey or in other countries, my mom and wife were faced with repression and were sent to concentration camps to receive political re-education and brainwashing.”

He has not been able to contact with his family almost a year after he left China to Turkey. He thought they were sent to so-called re-education camps.  But when he got to know about the real conditions of the camps and the situation of his mother in the camp last night ,he couldn’t help keeping silence about the tragedy, and decided to stand up to tell the truth to the whole world.

He sobbed out his mother’s recent situation this way: “My mother has to get up at 5:30 am in the morning and had to sit on a hard bench staring at the ground.  At 8:00am she eats a solid bread for breakfast and continues to sit staring at the ground or the ceiling.  She had to sit on the bench until 10:30 pm without moving, except going to a toilet for two or three times a day.”

Abdurahman Hasan said he was told that, because of her old age, she was not able to recite the political propaganda of the CCP authority, as a result she was forced to starve all day long.   Abdurahman said, “I was told that the concentration camp where she is kept is one of the best, and has the best conditions.  It was prepared for only government officials and so-called two-faced officials.  But the conditions of other average camps, similar to the one in which his wife was being held, are much more terrible.

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Amina, 68 (left), and his son Abdurahman Hesen (right).  Amina’s picture was taken just before she was taken away to a concentration camp by the local authority.

Aburahman said, “The policies of the Chinese government are rather brutal in comparison with any other rulers including Hitler.  Because Hitler killed the Jewish people directly and openly, but the Chinese communist nationalists are killing the Uyghur people slowly, covertly, one by one, and by torturing and terrifying them.”

He said he wants to tell the Chinese government: “Chinese government, please don’t mistreat and torture my mom and my wife. I beg you to execute them directly. I pay for the bullets . This is much better for them than living under terror, torture and humiliation.”

He also said: “I want to tell this to the officials at the Chinese Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.  I want to tell the true story about our homeland to the government officials of Turkey and the US.”

Many media organizations around the world have recently reported that a large portion of the Uyghur population is being detained either in jails or in so-called “re-education camps” (http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/ ) while their children are being kept in countless orphanages in the East Turkestan.

The number of the Uyghurs currently being held in these Nazi-style political “re-education” concentration camps is more than 1million.  That is a number known officially inside East Turkestan, but all the unofficial numbers we obtained from various sources exceed one million. The conditions of the concentration camps are horrific because of the fact that such a large number of Uyghurs are locked up in relatively small and crowded spaces. We have also learned from some Uyghurs who recently lost their close relatives in the concentration camps that a significant number of Uyghurs are losing their lives in those camps every day. The families of the victims are just receiving their dead bodies from those overcrowded concentration camps. The local authorities are not giving back the bodies of the younger Uyghurs died, instead, just burying them in the nearby empty fields. This and what Abdurahman Hasan has told us above are just a few examples of the horrible conditions in these concentration camps.

Uyghur language source of the above content:

http://www.istiqlalhaber.com/???????????_?????_????????_??????_??_????????_?????_??????_???????_?????_?????–11386.html