A Human Rights Watch report released in April said China had tracked down hundreds of Uyghurs across the globe, forcing them to return and face persecution. In many cases "it is impossible to find out what has happened" to them, the report said. For some Uyghurs, the extraditions from Muslim countries will be especially galling, shattering notions of Islamic solidarity and deepening feelings of isolation on a world stage where China's power has grown rapidly.
CNN has seen a document issued by Dubai's public prosecutor on February 20, 2018 -- eight days after Ahmad Talip was taken into custody -- confirming a Chinese extradition request for him, listed in the paperwork under his Chinese name, Aihemaiti Talifu. The document says that Dubai authorities initially decided to release Ahmad due to insufficient proof that he should be extradited. The Dubai prosecutor's office instructed police "to stop searching the above-mentioned person and lift all the restrictions on him, unless he is wanted for another reason."