Uyghur Times interview with Abduweli Ayup: ‘When my tongue landed me in trouble’

Language is a God-given gift to every nation, which we often take for granted. In the west, a person can exercise freedom of speech without the fear of being detained for one’s words.

Uyghurs, a Turkic people living in Uyghuristan (East Turkistan), are not enjoying these rights. It is practically forbidden for them to use their mother tongue publically or display Uyghur language signs in their occupied homeland.