Uyghur families like Mamutjan’s are arbitrarily detained in China

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet failed to speak up for the millions of Uyghurs ripped away from their loved ones and arbitrarily detained in China’s vast system of prisons and internment camps during her resent visit to the region, says Nitika White, Amnesty International Campaigner.

“She walked straight into a highly predictable propaganda exercise for the Chinese government,” says White. “We need to let the Chinese government know that there are people all over the world who won’t fall for the same thing,” she says.

“Chinese government propaganda says that Xinjiang is a land of happiness. But we know this to be far from the truth. We’ve spoken directly to Uyghurs based in Australia and abroad, whose loved ones have been forcibly disappeared and detained,” she says.

“Mamutjan has not seen his wife Muherrem and their two children since 2015. He told us that High Commissioner Bachelet not only failed to speak up for Uyghurs, she “miserably danced to China’s tune” in her recent trip to the country,” she says.

 “Five years is too long a time for having been arbitrarily interned, and forcibly separated from family. I’ve been dying to see my wife Muherrem released, and my family with two kids reunited. I’ve had enough of being like a dead person walking,” says Mamutjan

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