Tell the Chinese Government to Release Uyghur Scholars

Tell the Chinese Government to Release Uyghur Scholars

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I write to express grave concern for three Uyghur Scholars who are detained by the Chinese government for unknown charges. The Uyghurs are Turkic Muslims who live in East and Central Asia. The largest population of Uyghurs live in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China. As you read this, Muslim minorities are being arbitrarily arrested and imprisoned.

One of the many detained Uyghurs is Rahile Dawut. Professor Dawut is a scholar of Uyghur studies at Xinjiang University in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region who has received awards and grants from China’s Ministry of Culture, and is the founder of a folklore institute. In December 2017, Professor Dawut reportedly told a relative of her plans to travel from Urumqi to Beijing. Since that time, however, her family and friends have lost contact with her. Professor Dawut’s family and friends announced her disappearance in August 2018. Similarly, Professor Abdulqadir Jalaleddin, a member of China’s Uyghur minority community and a prominted academic and writer, was taken into custody by the police on January 29, 2018. According to a local official, authorities brought him to a “political re-education camp” in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. No charges against Prof. Jalaleddin have been made public, and that he remains in detention without access to family or legal counsel. Professor Ilham Tohti, a public intellectual and economics professor, is also a victim of the ill-treatment of Uyghur members by the Chinese government. On January 15, 2014, police raided Professor Tohti’s family home, where they seized computers, cell phones, passports, and student essays, and arrested him. He was reportedly held incommunicado until late June 2014, and was subsequently denied regular access to family. Tohti was convicted on charges of separatism and sentenced to life in prison nearly three-and-a-half years ago. Dawut, Jalaleddin, and Tohti are all among a growing number of Uyghurs who have been reportedly taken into custody by authorities, and are being held at so-called “re-education camps,” in prisons, or at other detention facilities. Reports suggest that detainees are subjected to physical and psychological torture in re-education camps. These three cases give rise to serious concern about the ability of intellectuals in China to conduct scholarship safely and freely.


I therefore respectfully urge you to release these three scholars and drop any charges that stem from their peaceful exercise of the right to academic freedom. I ask you to ensure that these cases are addressed in a manner consistent with internationally recognized standards of due process, fair trial, and detention, in accordance with China’s obligations under international law.

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