FD Editor’s Note: This is terrible news! China mistreated them before, and they will certainly do it now that they’ve been in Guantanamo. Thank you USA for rounding up innocent people, ruining their lives forever. If I find an action or a way to help, I will post it. In the meantime please see SaveUyghur.org
This is the second time the country has repatriated Uyghurs to China despite concerns their human rights are at risk.
- By Parameswaran Ponnudurai
Several neighboring countries have extradited Uyghurs to China in recent years.
Malaysia has secretly deported six Uyghur asylum seekers to China even though they could be persecuted or tortured on their return home, according to a U.S.-based rights group, citing “credible” sources and criticizing the move as unlawful.
The Uyghurs were repatriated on Dec. 31 in “grave violation of international law” and ahead of a visit to Malaysia this week by China’s top political advisor Jia Qinglin, Human Rights Watch said in a statement.
This is the second time predominantly Muslim Malaysia had deported asylum-seeking mostly Uyghur Muslims back to China. In 2011, 11 Uyghurs were deported and they were thrown in jail on their return on separatism charges.
Malaysia is among several Asian nations which have bowed to demands by Beijing to repatriate the Uyghur minority fleeing persecution in their homeland in China’s restive northwestern East Turkestan ( so-called Xinjiang ) region.
“While Malaysians were celebrating the New Year, their government was forcibly returning Uyghur asylum seekers to a dangerously uncertain fate in China.” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, which has protested the Malaysian action in a letter to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.
“The government has an obligation to explain how this happened, China’s role, and the steps being taken to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” he said in a statement.
Human Rights Watch said the six Uyghur men had been detained earlier in 2012 allegedly for attempting to leave Malaysia on false passports.