- Uighur woman kidnapped four years ago in China sentenced to 14 years in prison
- Uighur woman used to teach Islam to neighboring children, accused of hiding copies of Quran
- Chinese officials have also arrested the woman’s husband and sent him to jail, alleging separatism
Another story of China’s atrocities on Uighur Muslims has come to the fore. About four years ago, a woman was kidnapped from her home in the middle of the night in China’s western Xinjiang region. The woman was accused of providing religious education to some children in the neighborhood and that she hid some copies of the Quran. Now this Uighur woman has been sentenced to four years in prison. Sources with knowledge of the situation and the local police informed Radio Free Asia.
According to the RFA report, Haseet Ehmat’s age is 57 years. She is a resident of Manas County, Xinjiang. He was abducted by the authorities in May 2017, after which no information about him was revealed. According to the information, the police entered Hasiyat’s house in the middle of the night and put a black mask on her face. The officials neither allowed Haseet to wear other clothes nor to eat medicines.
Woman’s husband is also serving sentence in jail
Manas County Court officials have confirmed that Hasiyat has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. Officials said they were punished for teaching the Quran to children and hiding two copies of the Quran. Nine years before Hasiyat’s arrest, her husband was convicted on charges of ‘separatism’ and sentenced to prison in 2009. Hasiyat had stopped teaching children two years before her arrest due to health reasons.
Uighur community locked in brutal detention camps in China
The report said that Hasiyat often refrains from taking part in public events. Chinese authorities have targeted and arrested a number of Uighur businessmen, intellectuals and cultural and religious figures in Xinjiang for allegedly quelling “religious extremism” and “terrorist activities”. China is believed to have housed millions of Uighur Muslims in detention camps in Xinjiang since 2017, as evidenced by satellite images and investigative reports.
America imposed sanctions on China
In December, the US announced new sanctions against China over human rights abuses of Uighur Muslims. The Biden administration said it was imposing new sanctions on several Chinese biotech and surveillance companies for human rights abuses in Xinjiang province. The Commerce Department is targeting China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences and its 11 research institutes that focus on biotechnology to help the Chinese military.