Australian Uighurs appeal to Chinese ambassador to help them contact relatives missing in Xinjiang


Australian Uighurs appeal to Chinese ambassador to help them contact relatives missing in province rife with horrific human rights abuses – after he held bizarre ‘propaganda’ conference

  • Several Uighur associations issued joint request after bizarre press conference
  • They asked Cheng Jingye to help find relatives missing in China’s north-west
  • China’s ambassador to Australia denied human rights abuses in Xinjiang 
  • Uighur leader Ramila Chanisheff said ambassador should welcome dialogue 

Australian Uighurs are calling for the Chinese ambassador to meet them to help make contact with loved ones missing in Xinjiang.

Several Uighur associations issued the joint request after China’s ambassador to Australia called local journalists to his residency in Canberra.

There are several thousand Uighur people living in Australia and many of them have family living in China.

Australian Uighurs are calling for the Chinese ambassador to meet them to help make contact with loved ones missing in Xinjiang

Australian Uighurs are calling for the Chinese ambassador to meet them to help make contact with loved ones missing in Xinjiang

‘So many of us living in Australia have lost contact with our loved ones and have no idea where they are,’ Australian Uighur Association secretary Bahtiyar Bora said.

‘We are asking Mr Cheng to sit down with us to hear our stories and answer our questions.’

Australia has condemned restrictions on the freedom of religion, mass surveillance, extra-judicial detentions, forced labour and sterilisation in Xinjiang, but stopped short of imposing sanctions.

The Morrison government has also not followed the United States in calling events in Xinjiang genocide.

'So many of us living in Australia have lost contact with our loved ones and have no idea where they are,' Australian Uighur Association secretary Bahtiyar Bora said

‘So many of us living in Australia have lost contact with our loved ones and have no idea where they are,’ Australian Uighur Association secretary Bahtiyar Bora said

China’s ambassador to Australia denied human rights abuses in Xinjiang in a presentation to local media on Wednesday.

Ambassador Cheng Jingye said it was ‘fake news’ made up by anti-China forces.

The presentation ‘Xinjiang is a Wonderful Land’ was also shown in London last month as Chinese missions step up a propaganda offensive to counter the country’s damaging human rights record.

Through a translator, Xinjiang Vice-Governor Erkin Tuniyaz said people with ulterior motives in foreign countries were turning a blind eye to people living good lives without the threat of terrorism.

‘If yesterday’s media conference was not a propaganda exercise then surely the ambassador would welcome an open dialogue,’ Uighur leader Ramila Chanisheff said.

Australia has condemned restrictions on the freedom of religion, mass surveillance, extra-judicial detentions, forced labour and sterilisation in Xinjiang

Australia has condemned restrictions on the freedom of religion, mass surveillance, extra-judicial detentions, forced labour and sterilisation in Xinjiang

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