Uyghurs Are Being Deported From Muslim Countries, Raising Concerns About China's Growing Reach

Uyghurs Are Being Deported From Muslim Countries, Raising Concerns About China's Growing Reach

More than a dozen accounts were collected by CNN detailing the alleged detention and deportation of Uyghurs at China's request in three major Arab countries: Egypt, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • In Egypt, rights groups have documented hundreds of detentions -- and at least 20 deportations -- of Uyghurs, in 2017, the majority of them students at the prestigious Islamic University of Al-Azhar.
  • A Human Rights Watch report released in April said China had tracked down hundreds of Uyghurs across the globe, forcing them to return and face persecution. In many cases, "it is impossible to find out what has happened" to them, the report said.
  • As Beijing's global influence expands, rights activists fear that countries in the Middle East and beyond will increasingly be willing to consent to its crackdown on members of the ethnic group at home and abroad.
  • The families of the deported fear their loved ones have ended up among the estimated 2 million Uyghurs sent to internment camps in Xinjiang in recent years.
  • For some Uyghurs, the extraditions from Muslim countries will be especially galling, shattering notions of Islamic solidarity and deepening feelings of isolation on a world stage where China's power has grown rapidly.

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