tirsdag 25. juni 2019

Prominent Uyghur Writer Dies After Being Deprived Treatment in Xinjiang Internment Camp

Nurmuhemmet Tohti, 70, was detained from November 2018 to March this year in China’s vast network of camps in the XUAR, where up to 1.5 million Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas have been held since April 2017, his Canada-based granddaughter, Zorigul, recently reported.

During his internment, Tohti was denied treatment for diabetes and heart disease, and was only released to his family after he became incapacitated due to his medical condition, she wrote in a message posted to the Uyghurnaz Facebook page, which is maintained by members of the Uyghur exile community. After suffering complications, Tohti died on May 31, Zorigul wrote, adding that she had only learned of his death 11 days later, because members of her family in the XUAR feared that they would targeted for detention at an internment camp for making the information public.