Uighurs in US Say China Using Detained Family Members in Forced Interviews

Uyghurs demonstrate in Washington DC on Feb 05, 2020 in remembrance of  Ghulja massacre. Photo: RFA

By Asim Kashgarian
May 24, 2020 09:18 PM

WASHINGTON - Uighur community members in the United States are expressing skepticism after the Chinese government media in a series of separate videos showed their families in Xinjiang allegedly denouncing their detention as propaganda.
Those Uighurs say their family members, after disappearing for years, are now reaching out to them via Chinese social media platforms to discourage them from speaking out against the crackdown in Xinjiang region.
One of the Uighurs residing in the U.S., Samira Imin, told VOA that China Daily earlier this month showed her father, Iminjan Seydin, in a video on its Twitter account after he had gone missing in a Chinese detention camp for more than two years. Seydin also contacted Imin via WeChat, rejecting his detention and telling his daughter that she was “deceived by anti-China forces.”