China is trolling and hacking Uighur exiles across the world

Rushan Abbas (right) and Marco Respinti at the Symposium on the mass incarceration of Uyghurs in China, held at the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University, on November 27, 2018. Photo: BitterWinter

Friday 6 December 2019

It’s Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Wearing a lime-green jacket, the activist Rushan Abbas stands out from a crowd of grey and black suits as she gives testimony before the US Senate. As Abbas, 50, reads aloud from a printout of her speech, only the volume and a slight shudder in her voice convey her anger.

Over her six minutes before the committee, Abbas excoriates China for its treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority. She cites reports from the country’s western Xinjiang region, detailing an extensive network of “re-education” camps, where it’s suspected one million people are currently detained. In August 2018 a United Nations representative accused Beijing of treating its Uighur minority as “enemies of the state” on ethnic and religious grounds.