Zinnetgul Tursun (spelled Zinaitiguli Tuersun in Chinese), a Uighur mother of two young children was sent back from Turkey to China through Tajikistan on June 27, 2019. Zinnetgul’s older sister Guljennet (lives in Saudi Arabia) managed to contact their mother in Ghulja, China, and was told that Zinnetgul’s two children were sick and taken to the hospital whereas Zinnetgul had been taken away by local Chinese authorities. Zinnetgul’s current situation is unknown.
Uighurs in the diaspora are alerted to this incident and are shocked and deeply saddened:
We are extremely concerned about the safety of Zinnetgul and her two children.
We are also extremely anxious that this vulnerable situation may also occur to thousands of other Uyghurs in Turkey. According to Uighurs living in Turkey, they are continuously feeling the threat of being deported as many Uighurs have recently been given “Deportation Orders”. Further, a significant number of Uighurs are either in custody without trial or facing rearrests. Some Uighurs have been arrested without explanation and then released with restrictions including cancellation of their Turkish residency. There are also many Uighurs who do not have any legal status in Turkey, or their residency applications have been rejected without a specific explanation. These Uighurs are constantly worried that at any time, they will be the next Zinnetgul, arrested and then deported.
Hence, we would like to
Zinnetgul is a mother, she matters to us; her two young children are precious to us. Please rescue and protect those who are vulnerable! We have already lost so many Uighurs, how many more must we weep for? Every life is precious!
We are thankful to Turkey which has long been a second home for many Uighurs. We respect the Turkish government’s current refugee and migrant management. However, due to the torture and incarceration, even death of the deported Uighurs,
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