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China is hunting Uyghurs around the world, with help from some surprising countries

China is hunting Uyghurs around the world, with help from some surprising countries

China is hunting Uyghurs around the world, with help from some surprising countries

By Anna Schecter

April 25, 2022

 

More than 1,500 Uyghurs have been detained, extradited or rendered, most in the Middle East and North Africa, says a report from the Woodrow Wilson Center.

The Chinese government is not only mistreating Uyghurs within China’s borders, it is hunting them down abroad — with help from countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates — to clamp down on criticism of Beijing’s repression of Muslim minorities.

The scale of the Chinese Ministry of State Security’s efforts to harass, detain and extradite Uyghurs from around the world, and the cooperation it is getting from governments in the Middle East and North Africa, is described in unprecedented detail in a new report, “Great Wall of Steel,” by the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States.

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