China’s Bid to Silence Poet Highlights ‘Human Rights Disaster’ of Xinjiang Camps


Recent threats by China’s state security police against Muslim poet Cui Haoxin — known by his pen name An Ran — are a deliberate attempt to stop him speaking out about the mass incarceration of Uyghurs and other minority groups in its northwestern region of Xinjiang, a rights group has said.

Cui, a Hui Muslim, was visited and threatened by police on Aug. 16 after he sent and retweeted posts from his Twitter account about the detentions.

He was warned not to use overseas social media, and not to become a “tool” of hostile foreign forces, he wrote in a later blog post.

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