fredag 5. mars 2021

Brothers of RFA Journalist Confirmed Detained by Xinjiang Authorities

Two brothers of RFA’s Uyghur Service editor Eset Sulaiman have been confirmed detained by authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), with other relatives believed held as part of what is seen as an intimidation campaign aimed at preventing him from reporting on rights abuses.

Sulaiman’s older brother Ehet, the 57-year-old director of the Tengritagh Township Teaching District in Kumul (in Chinese, Hami) prefecture, and his younger brother Ehmet, the 39-year-old head of Kumul’s Tengritagh township, have both been detained since 2018, RFA recently learned after interviewing several local officials. The two men, and at least five of Sulaiman’s cousins, went missing after authorities in the XUAR launched a campaign of mass extralegal incarceration that has seen up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities detained in a vast network of internment camps since early 2017.

Chinese officials have said the camps are centers for “vocational training,” but reporting by RFA and other media outlets shows that detainees are mostly held against their will in cramped and unsanitary conditions, where they are forced to endure inhumane treatment—including systematic rape—and political indoctrination.