Courage born of despair: Uighurs in Japan

Afmetto Retepu.

Sunday July 21, 2019

Thousands of Uighur Muslims living in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region are being held against their will in what the Chinese government calls vocational training centers.

A Uighur man living in Japan who had kept silent till now, fearing for the safety of his family back home, says he is now raising his voice because of the hopelessness felt by the Uighur people.

Families taken away

"Return our families! Free the Uighurs!"

These were the slogans shouted by Uighur Muslims in Japan, protesting on July 5th outside the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo.

On that same day 10 years earlier, China had launched its crackdown on Uighurs protests against government. The Muslim minority was increasingly frustrated with Beijing's policy on religion and the widening economic disparity with the Han Chinese majority.

China's government says its re-education camps are serving to combat Muslim terrorism, while providing vocational training and education in Chinese. But Uighurs dispute that claim.

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