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Uyghur Muslims in Scotland: ‘Will we see families again?’

STV News


Online exclusive article which was published online by STV News as part of my broadcast report on the Uyghur Muslims in Scotland speaking out on the crackdown by the Chinese Communist Party. Abdulehad is an Uyghur Muslim who fled China for Scotland in 2015. He and his wife fled Xinjiang, in the north-west region, with their child, when he found out his wife was pregnant with their second baby. It would have not have been safe for them to remain in the country, where it’s claimed Uyghurs have been forced into detention camps.Abdulehad is one of many Uyghur Muslims in Scotland who don’t know whether they will ever see their families again.Ahmed is an Uyghur Muslim who fled Xinjiang with his wife and four children. Two of his kids were kept in China and he has not been able to get in contact with them.
“I have my two children one is five and another 12 they are in hiding but they are staying with someone and are safe,” he told STV News. “Someone is taking care of them without anyone knowing. Almost four years now we haven’t been able to see them.


This raised awareness about the plight of Uyghur Muslims and the fact that there are Uyghur refugees who have now fled as far as Scotland to reach safety. A number of MPs from the Scottish parliament signed a letter to 10 Downing Street urging sanctions on China and a full investigation into the human rights violations against the Uyghurs by the Chinese Communist Party.