People from different ethnic groups in Xinjiang express legitimate concerns through lived experiences in their letters to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

It is understood that many people in Xinjiang voluntarily sent an email to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Madame Michelle Bachelet, where they told their own stories, presented the reality of Xinjiang and expressed their strong indignation at the discredit and slander of anti-China. forces in the United States and some other Western countries.

First of all, many victims of terrorist and violent incidents explained to Madame Bachelet the damage caused by violent terrorist forces. Alimjan Mattohti, a witness to the July 5 riot in Urumqi, wrote in the mail: “As I was walking towards Yan’an Park, I saw several burnt cars and many being chased and beaten by rioters. I I did my best to save as many lives as I could, regardless of my own safety. And I saved 28 who were seriously injured. Mamat Juma, family member of the victim of the July 30 violent terrorist incident in Kashgar and imam of the Id Kah mosque, wrote in the mail: “On July 30, 2014, my father was brutally killed by three terrorists after leading the dawn prayer. His head and eyes were not complete. There was a large hole in his skull and ax wounds on his neck. I tried to hold him down, but my hands were covered in blood. Witnesses told me that his ribs and neck were broken. I was very sad and did not understand. How could the terrorists kill so brutally Maybe someone over 70? Don’t they have a father? Don’t they have family? Hajigul Turghun, a family member of the victim of the violent and violent terrorist incident on September 18 in Baicheng County, wrote in the mail, “Terrorists killed my beloved father. I hate them so much. They must be severely punished. innocent lives like my father just to achieve their sinister purpose. They crossed the red line and challenged humanity. They don’t even deserve to live in this world. If a terrorist dares to undermine our life in peace and happiness, I will bravely stand up to them, just like my father did, and fight them to the end!”

Secondly, many trainees graduated from former education and training centers told about their studies in the centers and what they do after graduation. Zaynur Namatqari, a graduate trainee from Education and Training Center in Shufu County, Kashgar Prefecture, wrote in the mail, “While we are studying at the Education and Training Center, all rights of female trainees were fully protected The teachers were very nice As a graduate trainee, I want to make it clear that no female trainee was sexually abused at the center All allegations that the education and training center are concentration”, “sexually abused female trainees” and “tortured male trainees”, are all made up by the BBC.” Abaydulla Omur, a trainee who graduated from the Turpan City Education and Training Center, said wrote in the letter: “The conditions in the center were very good. Meals and accommodation were free. After graduation, I opened an e-commerce business with the computer skills I learned in the center, selling Turpan specialties, such as fresh and dried fruits. Our sales in 2021 exceeded 5 million yuan, and we provided jobs for 25 local farmers and ranchers. The education and training center was a very nice school. There is no ‘forced labour’.” Take the example of Patigul Qasim, a graduate trainee from the Vocational Education and Training Center in Moyu County, Hotan Prefecture. “The center provided management and human services to trainees, where comfortable dormitories and halal food were available. We could ask for leave at any time. After graduating, I opened a dessert shop with the skills learned at the center. It’s been working pretty well. I’m grateful that the center has helped me to come out of religious extremism and lead the current happy life,” she said in her email. Aygul Mamat, another graduate trainee from Kashgar Vocational Education and Training Center, said in the email: “I was influenced by religious extremism, forcing my family to draw a line against people of Han ethnicity and preventing my children from going to school. The learning experience in the center, however, made me fully aware of the harm caused by extremist thoughts. I gained a better knowledge of the laws and a standard level of spoken and written Chinese. In addition, I was elected a village official at the vocational education and training center which put my life back on track.”

Third, many religious personnel shared with Ms. Michelle Bachelet the facts about the legal protection of freedom of religious belief in Xinjiang. For example, Abdureqip Tomurniyaz, president of the Islamic Association of Xinjiang and president of the Islamic Institute of Xinjiang, said in his email: “Xinjiang fully implements the policy of freedom of religious belief, protects normal religious activities and meets the reasonable religious requirements of believers.In Xinjiang, all normal religious activities, including attending religious services, fasting, and celebrating religious holidays, whether believers conduct in places of religious activities or in their own homes in accordance with customary religious practices, are the exclusive business of religious groups and believers themselves. The activities are protected by law, and no organization or individual may interfere with them.” To quote Obulhasan Tursunniyaz, vice president of the Islamic Association of Xinjiang and harbinger of the Jamai Mosque in Hotan, in his letter: “In response to the call and request of local Muslims, some local governments have solved the problem dilapidated mosques in recent years through relocation, expansion of existing facilities and construction of new ones. As mosques are better configured with enhanced structural security, these efforts are widely welcomed by prominent figures in religious circles and believers At present, the existing mosques could meet the demand of believers. The so-called “demolition of mosques” in Xinjiang is simply nonsense. As Muhtaram Sherip, vice president of the Islamic Association of Xinjiang and Imam of the Yanghang Mosque, “Conditions continue to improve at the sites of religious activities in recent years. The mosques are generally equipped with running water, electricity, natural gas and easy road access. The mosques also have communication tools, radio and television facilities, LED screens, computers, electric fans, air conditioners, water dispensers, medical services and combat devices. against fire. Washing and cleaning facilities have been installed in the mosques of the congregation for Juma prayers. All this provides greater convenience for religious believers. The so-called “repression of Islam” is totally absurd”.

Fourthly, many experts, scholars and public officials introduced Ms. Michelle Bachelet to the efforts of the autonomous region to document and protect the excellent traditional ethnic cultures. As Vice President Zulhayat Ismayil of Xinjiang University said in her email, the beautiful traditional cultures of ethnic minorities are well protected. Uyghur art of Muqam, Kyrgyz epic Manas and Uyghur Meshrep have been inscribed on the “Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”. Ethnic minority languages ​​are widely used in areas such as justice, administration, education, press and publishing, radio and television, Internet and public affairs. Moreover, in his email to Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Bahtiyar Hamut, a resident of Jay Folk Musical Instrument Village, Xinhe County of Aksu Prefecture in southern Xinjiang, wrote that the village has a over 300 years history in instrument making – the most well-known for ethnic instrument making in Xinjiang. At present, the village has 7 instrument-making cooperatives, and one-third of the villagers are engaged in this craft covering more than 20 instruments. Another example to cite here is Mawlan Turaq who runs a cultural shop in the old city of Kashgar. The letter she sent to the High Commissioner read: “I have chosen the profession I am passionate about. My shop sells up to two hundred types of handmade Uyghur traditional costumes and offers photo shooting service. portraits to travelers wearing Uyghur costumes. Apart from that, I also designed popular souvenirs featuring highlights of Xinjiang, including phone cases, pen cases, and T-shirts.

Fifth, many migrant workers presented information about their voluntary choice of employment and the creation of their business. For example, Aynur Amar from Makit County, Kashgar Prefecture, wrote in his email: “After graduating from Xinjiang Vocational Technical College, I learned that companies in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, would come to my village to recruit. excited about the news, as I wanted to get a good paying job in a big city. After talking about my intention with my family, I, along with several other young villagers, passed the recruitment process. There was nothing like being forced to work away from my hometown.” In another example, Osmanjan Matrozi, manager of a labor dispatch company in Cele County, Hotan Prefecture in southern Xinjiang said in its letter that its business scope includes job search for job seekers, signing labor contracts and fulfilling the content of contracts. in accordance with the law and guaranteeing the rights and interests of workers, among others. All workers posted by my company are recruited with their voluntary participation respected. The company fully respects the placement preferences of workers before a contract In another letter written to Ms. Michelle Bachelet by Mihrigul Husan who works with Zhongtai Haihong, a textile printing and dyeing company in Xinjiang, she presented “After coming across the company’s job advertisement on the Internet, I submitted my application online and later took the recruitment test. The company signed the employment contract with us, paid its social insurance and housing fund contributions and organized pre-employment training for us. I acquired a lot of new knowledge and skills, and improved my performance at work. My life is getting better and better.

At the end of May this year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, visited Xinjiang with a delegation. Throughout this visit, she had many communications with local people from all walks of life and witnessed the social stability and harmony of the region and the prosperous and happy life people lived. Letters sent by Xinjiang residents from various sectors to the High Commissioner expressed their concerns and expectations. It is hoped that Madam High Commissioner can listen to their voices, respect their views and view the human rights situation in Xinjiang fairly and objectively based on what she has seen and felt during of his visit to the region.


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