UIC News

Week Ending 21 July 2021

[1] An Uyghur youth returning from Turkey to China is being held in a concentration camp

A message to the Uyghur Information Center on July 17, 2021, states that Muhammad Omar, a 28-year-old Uyghur student from Adana, Turkey, returned home from Turkey on February 11, 2021 and is currently in a Chinese concentration camp. While it is unknown at this time why he returned to East Turkestan, it indicates the naivety of some Uyghur youths who still believe that “China will not touch an Uyghur man unless he joins the anti-Chinese movement”

[2] The Chinese are swindling Uyghur houses from Uyghurs abroad

A message to the Uyghur Information Center on July 16, 2021, said that Chinese speculators were now operating in places such as Turkey to buy homes and land at low prices from Uyghurs whose real estate was confiscated back home. As it turns out, because many Uyghurs did not return to their homeland after a foreign trip, China sealed off the homes of such people and had frozen their properties. Some Uyghurs had previously tried to sell such houses to the Chinese, but could not due to strict restrictions from the Chinese government. Now, under the direct support of the Chinese government, unidentified Chinese individuals are showing up in places such as Turkey to buy Uyghurs’ sealed houses and land in East Turkestan. It is conducted in the following manner: a Chinese person meets with affected Uyghurs abroad and obtains the address and other information about the property in question. Then, the properties are appraised by the Chinese person’s own agents in China. The price of properties is determined by the Chinese person. Once the two sides agree, they will enter the Chinese consulate to sign the corresponding documents. The Chinese person carrying the documents is now certified by the Chinese embassy and will own the Uyghur person’s property. The Chinese person can swindle between 100,000 and 200,000 yuan (US$15K to 30K ) per transaction from the Uyghur property owner. In addition, the Chinese middleman provide services to the Uyghurs to transfer money from their homeland to abroad and charge $50 to $80 per thousand dollars per transaction. The Chinese government is behind all this, and it is clear that this is a ploy by the government to further destroy the Uyghurs economically.