FREE MERDAN GHAPPAR

FREE MERDAN GHAPPAR

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Salihah Saddique started this petition to Chinese Government

Merdan Ghappar, a 31 year old who once modelled for the massive Chinese online retailer Taobao.

He is a successful, smart and educated young man who wanted to pursue a modelling career having moved from Xinjiang in 2009.

He was one of many Muslims locked up in a detention camp. He released a short video of the cramped room he was kept in with his left hand handcuffed to a bed. On a Chinese social media app WeChat, he explains that he was first kept in a police jail in Kucha. In a BBC article Merdan Ghappar’s experience is explained:

"I saw 50 to 60 people detained in a small room no bigger than 50 square metres, men on the right, women on the left," he writes.

"Everyone was wearing a so-called 'four-piece-suit', a black head sack, handcuffs, leg shackles and an iron chain connecting the cuffs to the shackles."

Mr Ghappar was made to wear the device and, joining his fellow inmates in a caged-off area covering around two-thirds of the cell, he found there was no room to lie down and sleep.

"I lifted the sack on my head and told the police officer that the handcuffs were so tight they hurt my wrists," he writes in one of the text messages.

"He shouted fiercely at me, saying 'If you remove your hood again, I will beat you to death'. And after that I dared not to talk," he adds.

"Dying here is the last thing I want."

The treatment Merdan Ghappar experienced is inhumane and eliminates all of his basic human rights. This is a clear act of racism and there are many similarities between this case and George Floyds. As a community we need to unite and put an end to this barbaric treatment. Help me to raise awareness of this matter and share this petition to help free Merdan Ghappar!

If you would like to hear more on his story you can read this article by the BBC:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-53650246

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