Acclaimed Uyghur Folklorist Rahile Dawut’s Life Sentence Confirmed

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September 21, 2023 | Voice of America | By Liam Scott

Dawut’s life sentence underscores the severity of Beijing’s abusive campaign in Xinjiang, which has been characterized by the detention of Uyghur intellectuals and the destruction of Uyghur culture. More than 300 Uyghur intellectuals have been detained in the region, according to the Uyghur Human Rights Project.

Since Dawut’s research focused on Uyghur culture and heritage, her life sentence underscores China’s “clear intention of wiping out Uyghur culture from Earth,” Zubayra Shamseden, who works at the Uyghur Human Rights Project in Washington, told VOA.

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