Chinese authorities harass Uyghur woman, her family in Xinjiang after she met US official
August 30, 2021
A Uyghur woman, Kalbinur Gheni who met a US official in December to discuss the imprisonment of her sister Renagul Gheni by Chinese authorities in the Xinjiang region is being subjected to harassment along with her relatives. Nuriman Abdurashid, writing in Radio Free Asia (RFA) said that the family is being pressured to stop speaking out about her siblings, while her relatives have been subjected to frequent questioning by police in their hometown.
Gheni told former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the detention of her sister for praying after their father’s death. Renagul was sentenced to 17 years in prison for observing religious rites after the death of their father and for keeping religious books in her possession, which she also loaned to others. A teacher and mother of two children, Renagul, 39, was taken to a “reeducation camp” in 2018 as part of a group of educators and was transferred to prison this May, according to her sister, Kalbinur said, reported RFA.