Dozens of residents of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region joined government officials in dismissing charges of human rights violations in the region. Allegations of genocide were made at a so-called “Uighur court”, which concluded its second UK hearing on Monday.
Yerken Rozi, a local resident of Xinjiang, spoke at Friday’s press briefing in Beijing, via recorded video. His brother Halimat Rozi testified before the “Uighur Court”, alleging that his family had been detained and tortured. But Yerken said his brother was not telling the truth.
” What did you say ? Did you say we were under surveillance? And I was detained? And I was even beaten by others, with my legs broken. My bruised face and severely damaged waist? Yerken questioned.
“When did you see this? You were slandering. Why do you say these things? When you were in Tacheng, you were one of the best and the brightest. you when you went to japan? Why are you mad? You are now slandering and slandering others, ”the brother said.
Regional government spokesman Xu Guixiang said Halimat Rozi left China in 2006 and is now a core member of the Japan Uighur Association, affiliated with the Uighur World Congress.
The Uighur World Congress is the biggest donor to this so-called tribunal. The US-based organization was established in 2004. One of its predecessors was the “World Uighur Youth Congress,” which has been designated as a terrorist group by China. The organization has also established links with the “Islamic Movement of East Turkestan”, which the United Nations has called a terrorist organization.
Xinjiang residents also spoke live at the press conference, dismissing the human rights claims.
“In Xinjiang, such buildings are plentiful and are well preserved and developed under the government. Western anti-Chinese forces accuse Xinjiang of suppressing ethnic minorities and erasing their culture. I want to tell them, no matter how they lie and slander, these ethnic buildings are still here in great condition. The lies they made are really big jokes for us in Xinjiang, ”said Quddus Tursunmamat, a tourist guide from Xinjiang.
Abdusami Abdumijit is deputy director of a food company. He is also a graduate of the Kashgar Vocational Training and Education Center in Xinjiang. “My food business now has 18 employees, I can earn 160,000 yuan a year now, or more than $ 24,000 a year. This is my new apartment, ready to move in. This is my new car. Now I don’t only need a beautiful girlfriend. I still think that if I hadn’t been dragged away from religious extremism I would have taken the path of crime. Without the center I wouldn’t have my life happy now, ”he said.
Residents also rejected reports of 380 “concentration camps”. The reports showed satellite images of some buildings with security facilities. But locals said that among the buildings shown were a rehabilitation center, a school and a rice storage center, and they were never used as vocational training centers.