NEW YORK – This past summer, Tursunay Ziyawudun took the stage at the International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington D.C. and described the torture she witnessed and survived as a Uyghur Muslim in a concentration camp run by the Chinese government.
Ziyawudun, who is from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China, said she was locked up in the concentration camps twice. She recounted watching people die and a young woman raped, as well as facing beatings and rape herself at the hands of China’s police.
All of it is done to “destroy” the “culture, language and religion” of the Uyghur Muslims.
“Millions of Uyghurs are suffering, and they are alive only because they have the hope and belief that there is justice in the world,” Ziyawudun said. “My people, who have been experiencing a genocide for the past five years, are waiting…