Urgent Call for Action: Free Ekpar Asat and Stop the Persecution of Uyghurs
New York (RichTVX.com) — Ekpar Asat, an award-winning tech entrepreneur, was reportedly arbitrarily detained in China in 2016 and was later given a 15-year sentence for “inciting ethnic hatred.” He is currently imprisoned in China’s internment camps and has been in detention for 6 years. The Uyghur community in China has been facing widespread human rights abuses, including arbitrary detention and forced internment in camps. The Chinese government claims these camps are “re-education centers” to combat extremism, but reports and accounts from those who have been released suggest otherwise. The United Nations estimates that over two million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities have been detained in these camps in the Xinjiang region of China. The conditions in these camps are reportedly inhumane, with reports of physical and psychological abuse, forced labor, and other forms of exploitation. Ekpar Asat’s case is just one example of the ongoing human rights abuses faced by the Uyghur community in China. Despite international condemnation, the Chinese government has continued to deny any wrongdoing and has not allowed independent inspections of these camps. Rayhan E. Asat, a Uyghur human rights lawyer, has been advocating for her brother’s release and raising awareness about the fate of the Uyghur community in China. She is calling on the United Nations to establish a “Missing person mechanism” to address the ongoing human rights abuses faced by the Uyghur community. Rayhan E. Asat recently had the opportunity to meet with Bill Browder, the advocate and human rights activist behind the Global Magnitsky Act. This act allows governments to impose targeted sanctions on individuals responsible for human rights abuses and corruption. Rayhan E. Asat has been advocating for her brother, Ekpar Asat, and the Uyghur community who are suffering human rights violations in China’s internment camps. This meeting with Bill Browder has given Rayhan E. Asat hope that the Global Magnitsky Act can be used to hold those responsible for these violations accountable and bring about change for her brother and others like him. For more information and updates on this case, please visit Rayhan E. Asat’s website at https://www.rayhanasat.com/ or follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RayhanAsat.