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List of Uyghurs in prison leaked: One prisoner from every house

Lists have leaked showing that more than ten thousand Uighurs, who have not been heard from in East Turkestan for years, are being held in torture camps. It turned out that illiterate farmers and tradesmen were sentenced to long prison sentences on charges of ‘terrorism’. The words of the families who saw the lists, ‘They arrested one person from each house’, showed that Beijing was carrying out an extensive and systematic ‘extermination’ operation.

Another striking document showing China’s persecution of the Uighurs has come to light. AFP has reached the list proving that more than ten thousand Uyghurs, who have not been heard for many years, are being held in concentration camps. All the details, from the ethnic origin of the detainees to the length of sentence, were included in the list. The words of the families who saw the relatives of the disappeared on the lists revealed that the regime’s intimidation policy reached every household.

ILLEGAL PEASANTS IMPRISONED ON TERRORISM CHARGE

Nursimangul Abdureşid, who learned that his missing brother was in a prison, said that other names he knew were agricultural workers who had nothing to do with terrorism. Uyghur activist Abduveli Eyüp said, “There is a prisoner in every house. These are tradesmen and illiterate farmers,” he said. David Tobin from the University of Sheffield said: “The fact that they go to every door and pick people up shows that they are arbitrarily targeting a community.”

MISSING UYGUR IS ON LIST OF LEAKED DETENTION

The leaked list of thousands of Uyghurs detained in East Turkestan sheds light on the whereabouts of many missing persons. The leaked list details each prisoner’s name, date of birth, ethnicity, identification number, ‘crime’, address, length of sentence and prison. For some, this was the first information they had accessed about their relatives in years.

The list of China, which carries out systematic repression against East Turkestan and keeps more than one million Uyghurs and other Muslim-majority minorities in secret detention centers on the grounds of ‘fighting terrorism’, has leaked to the press. Since the information about the repressions in the region is kept secret by China’s Communist Party officials, the family relatives of many people who were detained and could not be heard from later on, cannot obtain information either from the police or through the courts. However, the list of thousands of detained Uyghurs leaked to the AFP news agency sheds light on the whereabouts of many missing persons.

Nursimangul Abdurreşid is one of those whose relatives are on this list. Abdurreşid, who currently lives in Turkey, lost contact with his family five years ago. It took years for the Chinese Embassy in Ankara to confirm that his parents, as well as his younger brother Memetili, were imprisoned for terrorism-related crimes. But a suspicious police list leaked to Uyghur activists outside of China shows Memetili to be in a prison outside the city of Aksu, some 600 kilometers from their home.

According to the documents, Memetili was sentenced to 15 years and 11 months in prison, and Beijing’s Ankara embassy confirmed this information. Speaking to AFP in Istanbul, where he has lived since 2015, 33-year-old Abdurreşid said, “It’s much better than not knowing where you are. “Now there is little hope,” he said. This leaked database lists more than 10,000 detainees of Uighurs from the southwest Konasher district. The location of Abdurreşid’s parents, as well as the location of an older brother believed to have been taken into custody, remain a mystery. Abdurreşid also recognized the other seven villagers on the list of detainees by name. Stating that all of them are small business owners or agricultural workers, Abdurreşid said that they have no ties to terrorism. “When I look at this list, I feel like I can’t breathe,” said Abdurreşid. The leaked list details each prisoner’s name, date of birth, ethnicity, ID number, crime, address, length of sentence and prison. AFP news agency interviewed five Uighurs living outside of China who identified relatives and acquaintances detained on the list. For some, this was the first information they had accessed about their relatives in years.

According to the database, hundreds of people from every town and village were detained, mostly from the same household. David Tobin, lecturer in East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield in the UK, said: “This is not counterterrorism that is claimed to be openly targeted. They go to every door and take away a lot of people. “This really shows that they are arbitrarily targeting a community,” he said. Government data show that the number of people sentenced in East Turkestan has increased from 21,000 in 2014 to over 133,000 in 2018. It emerged with evidence of forced labor, political brainwashing, torture and forced sterilization in the camps that Beijing calls “vocational training centres”.

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