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A Petition for “the Disappeared” in the Uyghur & Kazakh Homelands in China

China. Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Ürümchi. 2013. Carolyn Drake (Published with permission)
“This is something that looks like Uyghur life. You know, a kind of sadness. Psychological destruction.”

By Darren Byler and Tahir Hamut with the support of Concerned Scholars of Xinjiang

Also available in Uyghur (ئۇيغۇرچە) & Chinese (中文)

Based on mounting evidence it is clear that the Chinese state is engaging in the extrajudicial systematic mass detention of Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities. This process resonates with the most horrific moments in modern history. Such processes have resulted in generational trauma and social elimination. They shattered families, destroyed native forms of knowledge and, at times, resulted in mass death.

We call on Xi Jinping, the President of the People’s Republic of China, and Chen Quanguo, Chinese Communist Party Secretary of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, to immediately abolish the “transformation through education” detention system and release all Uyghur and Kazakh detainees and prisoners that have been “disappeared” without due process or legal representation.

  • Provide complete and open transparency regarding the location of all detainees and facilitate an immediate process of freeing and reunifying them with their children and their loved ones.
  • Release of all Uyghur and Kazakh intellectuals and prisoners of conscience. 
  • Allow Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other minorities the immediate right to obtain passports and travel freely.
  • Restore the rights of Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other minorities to practice their faith and honor their native traditions without state interference or fear of detention.

To read and sign the full petition please follow this link.

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