Afghan Uyghurs whose families fled China now fear the Taliban could deport them

NPR. 15 October 2021

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 In 1961, Muhammad’s then-teenage parents loaded as many belongings as they could onto yaks and horses, then set off walking toward the snow-tipped Pamir mountains. Their destination: Afghanistan.

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After the Fall of Kabul, the US Needs to Reject China’s Narrative on Terrorism

The Diplomat. 6 October 2021

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Afghanistan is home to more than 100 Uyghur families. Many of them have lived in the country peacefully for decades and yet continue to live in fear of the Chinese government, which regularly uses techniques of transnational repression to target Uyghurs living abroad. 

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Chinese seek asylum in Norway

Scandasia. 28 September 2021

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Norwegian authorities have received around 80 applications for asylum from Chinese citizens this month at the national reception center in Råde, Norway. According to NRK they’re all members of China’s persecuted Uighur minority and have arrived in Norway from Turkey

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Afghan Uyghurs Fear Deportation as Taliban Cozy Up to China

The New York Times. 23 September 2021

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Ibrahim’s parents fled political turmoil in China for Afghanistan more than 50 years ago. At that time, Mao Zedong had unleashed the Cultural Revolution, and life was upended for many Uyghurs, the mostly Muslim ethnic group in Xinjiang that included Ibrahim’s parents.

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Uyghurs From Afghanistan Fear Deportation to China

Voice of America, 01 September 2021

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As many as 2,000 ethnic Uyghurs born or living in Afghanistan have been placed in jeopardy by the Taliban takeover, with many fearing they will be deported China to join an estimated 1 million fellow Uyghurs in Xinjiang internment camps.

That estimate came from Afghan Uyghurs who spoke to VOA about their anxieties, especially as they see Taliban and Chinese officials exploring potential avenues for cooperation.

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Afghanistan’s Taliban Regime Consolidates: What It Means for the Uyghurs

Bitter Winter, 30 August 2021

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Beijing’s crusade against its largely Muslim minorities, that has seen up to three million innocent people corralled into internment and forced labor over the past four years, co-opted a surprising ally: the Taliban.

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Uyghurs in Afghanistan Fear Deportation to China or Persecution Under The Taliban

Radio Free Asia, 24 August 2021

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Uyghurs living in Afghanistan are terrified that the Taliban’s takeover of the country could mean they will be extradited to face harsh punishment in China or suffer other dangers in the war-torn South Asian nation.

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