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Mar 31 2019 16:07:35
Title: Uyghur man bids to save ‘most extraordinary mom in the world’ from Chinese camp
Author: Chris Rickleton
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2019 04:41:46 -0400
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How does this retired librarian threaten the Chinese state?
Mirshad Ghalip speaks about his mother's detention in XInjiang China.
Screenshot from YouTube video published on March 25, 2019.
Mirshad Ghalip, an Uyghur man born in China has made an impassioned video to
save his mother, 58-year-old Zumret Awut, from what he calls a Chinese
Ghalip believes that Zumret Awut is one of more than a million prisoners stuck
in China's dystopian system of “re-education” in Xinjiang. He admits, however,
that he cannot be sure she is still alive.
His mother was interned into the system in 2017, the same year that stringent
population controls went into effect across Xinjiang under the leadership of
regional communist party boss Chen Quanguo.
China has described Xinjiang's “vocational and education centres” as being
voluntarily attended and aimed at combating separatism and religious
Mirshad Ghalip's powerful testimony shows that anybody can end up in these
centres, even if they had never come under suspicion of the state before.
To be viewed as in need of “re-education”, it is sufficient to have links with
foreign countries — both Mirshad Ghalip and his sister study abroad.
As the largest non-Han ethnic group in the region, Uyghurs are believed to make
up the majority of residents in China's internment centres.
Until recently, however, many Uyghurs outside China have been reluctant to
speak up about the suffering of their relatives in Xinjiang.
Kazakhs — the region's second-largest non-Han Chinese group — have benefited
from more vocal and better-organised representation, mostly due to the work
of activists in China's Central Asian neighbour Kazakhstan.
The #MetooUyghur campaign did much to change the broad Uyghur silence that
Ghalip says “is exactly what the Chinese Communist Party wants.”
But Uyghurs and people of the other majority-Muslim groups hailing from the
region continue to express disappointment over weak diplomatic efforts on
In a move highlighting the extent of China's economic leverage in many parts of
the world, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation — a body consisting of 57
Muslim states — affirmed that it “commends the efforts of the People’s Republic
of China in providing care to its Muslim citizens” as part of a resolution
adopted during a gathering of foreign ministers this month.
Diplomatic dynamics of this nature leave Mirshad Ghalip no choice but to speak
out louder and campaign harder for the freedom of their loved ones.
The Xinjiang Victims Database is the largest searchable English-language
database relating to victims of the ongoing repression in XUAR.
Written by Chris Rickleton · comments (0) 
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