lørdag 19. mars 2022

Harassment of Uyghur student in US is latest in string of bullying by Chinese

The harassment by Chinese students of a New Zealand Uyghur Fulbright scholar who spoke about her brother’s detention in China during an event at Cornell University is the latest in a series of alleged incidents involving efforts to intimidate critics of Chinese policies on American campuses.

On March 10, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Michigan Democrat and Cornell alumna, gave a virtual address to graduate public administration students about her career in public service. During the talk, Rizwangul NurMuhammad asked the congresswoman why the U.S. and other countries have sought to punish Russia for invading Ukraine but had not imposed similar sanctions on China for its genocide of the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

NurMuhammad told Slotkin that her brother Mewlan had been arbitrarily arrested in 2017 amid mass detentions of Uyghurs and that she had since lost contact with him, according to a report published by Axios.