Torchlight Uyghur Group, 28 July 2019
Zinaitiguli Tuersun, a Uyghur mother of two young children was sent back to China through Tajikistan on 27th June, 2019 . Zinaitiguli’s older sister – Guljannat, lives in Saudi Arabia and managed to contact their mother in Ghulja, China, and was told that Zinaitiguli’s two children were sick and in hospital care whereas Zinaitiguli had been taken away by local Chinese authorities. Zinaitiguli’s current situation is unknown. Uyghurs in Diaspora are alerted to this incident and are shocked and deeply saddened:
• We urgently request the Turkish government to investigate the circumstances around the deportation of Zinaitiguli and her two children, to rescue them from China and to provide a guarantee for their safety. We also request the Turkish government to request the Chinese government to provide information about Zinaitiguli’s current situation.
We are extremely concerned about the safety of Zinaitiguli and her two children.
We are also extremely anxious that this vulnerable situation may also occur to thousands of other Uyghurs in Turkey. According to Uyghurs living in Turkey, they are continuously feeling the threat of being deported as many Uyghurs have recently been given “Deportation Orders”. Further, a significant number of Uyghurs are either in custody without trial or facing rearrests. Some Uyghurs have been arrested without explanation and then released with restrictions including cancellation of their Turkish residency. There are also many Uyghurs who do not have any legal status in Turkey, or their residency applications have been rejected without specific explanation . These Uyghurs are constantly worried that at any time, they will be the next Zinaitiguli, arrested and then deported. Hence, we would like to
• request the Turkish government, United Nations, European Union, and other government and nongovernment organizations to take urgent action to protect to Uyghurs’ living in Turkey.
• request that the process of the Uyghurs seeking to be resettled in a third safe country be expedited to counter China’s discriminatory passport policy that many Uyghurs either holding no passport or expired passports.
• urgently request Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to direct attention to incidents where Uyghurs are facing enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention, and deportation through and from countries, particularly countries in Central Asia, South East Asia and Middle East.
• recall that Germany government suspended deportations of Uighurs to China until further notice after failed effort to get information about a Uyghur man who was accidently deported to China in April 2018 . Human Rights Watch (HRW) also urged European Union not to forcibly return Uyghurs to China .
Zinaitiguli is a mother, she matters to us; her two young children are precious to us. Please rescue and protect those who are vulnerable! We have already lost so many Uyghurs, how many more must we weep for? Every life is precious!
We are thankful to Turkey which has long been a second home for many Uyghurs. We respect the Turkish government’s current refugee and migrant management. However, due to the torture and incarceration, even death of the deported Uyghurs,
• We strongly request the Turkish government not to deport any Uyghur to China directly or indirectly through a third country.
• We urgently request the Turkish government to investigate and provide an official explanation about the circumstances around the deportation of Zinaitiguli and her two children, and to ensure such cases will be prevented from happening again.