lørdag 11. september 2021

Australian Uyghur provides emotional testimony to UK tribunal about husband detained in China

Chinese authorities are arbitrarily detaining and torturing Muslim minorities, including the husband of Melbourne woman Mehray Mezensof, the Uyghurs Tribunal, an independent people's tribunal based in the UK, has heard. The quasi-legal proceedings are investigating "China's alleged genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghur, Kazakh and other Turkic Muslim populations".

The United Nations, rights groups and Western governments including Australia have raised concerns about mass incarceration, forced labour and other human rights abuses against largely Muslim ethnic minorities in China's Xinjiang region. The ABC reported in April that Ms Mezensof's husband Mirzat Taher had been sentenced to 25 years in prison for alleged separatism. Ms Mezensof confirmed to Hamid Sabi, counsel to the Uyghur Tribunal, that Mr Taher had been subjected to "tiger chairs", had been "psychologically abused", and had experienced seizures due to his treatment at the hands of Chinese officials.