Uyghur university student from Xinjiang arrested for ‘attempting to divide the country’ — Radio Free Asia
A Uyghur student who had attended a university in southeast China was arrested last December during an internship in the Xinjiang region of northwest China and sentenced to five years in prison, his family told RFA.
Chinese police arbitrarily arrested Zulyar Yasin, 25, at his parents’ home in Urumqi (in Chinese, Wulumuqi) on December 14, said his aunt, Raziye Jalalidin, who now resides in the Netherlands.
“On May 30 this year, I learned that my nephew, Zulyar Yasin, had been arrested,” she told RFA.
“In September 2014, he went to study economics at Istanbul University in Turkey, but returned to Urumqi in 2016 after he was unable to adapt to life in Istanbul.”
The following year, Yasin passed the Chinese National University Entrance Examination, scoring high and being admitted to Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in Fuzhou, capital of south coast Fujian Province. -east China, Jalalidin said.
“He returned to Urumqi in July 2021 and started his college internship in the city, but on December 14 he was arrested by police at his home for no apparent reason,” his aunt said.
“He was arrested while he was a trainee,” she said, adding that police initially said Jalalidin would be sent home in two days.
“My older sister didn’t even have the right to ask why they arrested him,” she said.
Jalalidin said he learned from relatives in Urumqi on May 30 that a Chinese government police officer had called Yasin’s home on February 14 and informed his parents that he had been sentenced to three to five years in prison for ” attempt to divide the country.”
The Chinese government targeted Yasin because he comes from a family of intellectuals, Jalalidin said.
“The Chinese government only arrests our bright young people like my nephew because they are so damn scared of their own insecurities,” she said. “What was his crime? What is our crime? Our crime is simply to be Uyghur. In the eyes of this Chinese regime, our Uyghur being is our crime – nothing else.
Chinese authorities have arrested scores of Uyghur intellectuals, businesspeople, and cultural and religious figures in Xinjiang as part of a campaign to control members of the majority Muslim minority group and, allegedly, to prevent religious extremism and terrorist activities.
More than 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Turkish minorities have reportedly been held in a network of detention camps in Xinjiang since 2017. Beijing has said the camps are vocational training centers and has denied widespread and documented allegations that he mistreated Muslims living in the area.
The purges are part of the Chinese government’s abusive and repressive policies that have been determined by the United States and some Western country legislatures to constitute genocide and crimes against humanity against the Uyghurs.
“Will our talented young children be destroyed by this injustice? asked Jalalidine. “Why can’t we live like other free people in democratic countries?
“Why has the world remained silent, even after declaring genocide? she asked.
Abduweli Ayup, a Norway-based Uyghur rights activist who tracks down missing and detained Uyghurs, said Chinese authorities continue to abduct members of the majority Muslim minority group.
They began targeting Uyghur students studying in mainland China in September 2021, he said.
Translated by FRG Uyghur. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.