Prisoners & Victims

Turkish military authorities abduct prominent Uyghur religious scholar Abdulla Abdulhamit

Image: Uyghur Times Uyghur Edition



By Uyghur Reporter

Translated from Uyghur Times Uysgur Edition



One hour after the arrest, the relevant authorities in Turkey told the Uyghur Times that at 1:00 p.m. on December 27, the Turkish anti-terrorist squad raided the residence of Abdulla Abdulhamit Qarihauji, a Uyghur religious scholar and kidnapped him.


The Uyghur Times previously investigated Abdulla Abdulhamit's situation: His relatives and friends told us that he has never used violence against anyone, has never entered into a physical conflict with anyone, and has never harmed anyone. His case is all to do with the Chinese government: He made a speech calling for drastic action against the crime of genocide and colonialism and all aggression against the Uyghurs.


Speaking to the Uyghur Times from Istanbul, Ahmetjan said :

"Abdulla Abdulhemit is a Uyghur who loves and supports the Republic of Turkey from the bottom of his heart and regards the Turkish people as his relatives. If he has a fault, it is that he wants independence and dignity for all Uyghurs, calls for the restoration of the name of Uyghuristan, his strict stance against the Chinese government, and calls the Uyghurs in exile to take action against the Chinese government. In his case, he challenged China. The problem is that many Uyghurs in Turkey that work for the Chinese government do not like him.


The Uyghur Times editorial calls on the Turkish government to immediately release Abdulla Abdulhamit and for Turkey to abide by international laws and ensure the safety of Uyghur expatriates in Turkey. It is not acceptable to abduct, punish, or deport any Uyghurs to the Chinese authorities based on false information from the regime.