søndag 5. april 2020

‘Individual Lives Are The Price of The Ethnocide’: Son of Imprisoned Uyghur Comedian

Hidayet Musajan, a young Uyghur man living and studying in exile in Turkey, last spoke with his father, a well-known comedian in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) named Musajan Ehmet, in September 2017. Musajan later learned through a friend that his father was sentenced to 20 years in prison for having traveled abroad and flouted family planning policies that require rural ethnic minorities have three children or less. 

Ehmet had visited his son in Egypt once before, after securing permission from authorities to travel abroad. He had also paid a fine in 2016 for Musajan’s 10-year-old sister, who had been born outside of the family planning policy, so that she could be formally registered with the Chinese state.