The Chinese Communist Party is trying to extradite a Uighur man who has been living in Turkey since 2014 to escape Beijing’s persecution of the mostly Muslim group that lives in western China, according to a report.
The request, issued in 2016, names Enver Turdi who left Xinjiang, an area of China home to around 10 million Uighurs, on a tourist visa about a year after one of his associates was detained, Axios reported on Wednesday, citing copies of the Chinese documents.
Enver in 2012 and 2013 passed information about Chinese Communist government abuses to Radio Free Asia and Uighur organizations abroad.
The Chinese Embassy in Turkey in 2015 refused to give Enver a new passport, leaving him unable to renew his temporary residency permit to remain in Turkey.
Because he was unable to produce the residence documents, he was placed in a deportation facility in 2017 for a year.
Turkish security officials claimed Enver had been running a pro-Islamic State website and during his interrogation showed him a copy of his 2004 graduation photo.
The only way the Turkish officials could have gotten the photo was through the Chinese, Enver said.
Enver’s case was then sent to a criminal court — rather than an immigration court.
The Chinese Communist Party has repressed the Uighurs and other majority-Muslim ethnic groups and in 2017 began to round up and detain hundreds of thousands of Uighurs in “re-education” camps.
Others received long prison sentences without a fair trial.
The Chinese government claimed that it is combating terrorism and religious extremism in the Xinjiang regions, but human rights groups are describing it as a cultural genocide.
In documents obtained by Enver’s lawyer earlier this year, the Chinese government accused Enver of creating a pro-Islamic State website, which he denies.
Beijing asked Turkey to determine where Enver is in the country, arrest him and “repatriate him to China.”
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