U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with representatives of the Uighur Community, including Jawdat Ferkat, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on March 27, 2019. STATE DEPARTMENT PHOTO BY MICHAEL GROSS/ PUBLIC DOMAIN
CHINA RELEASED A UYGHUR MOTHER TO SILENCE HER U.S. SON—THEN SENT HER BACK TO DETENTION THE NEXT DAY
  • Tue, 05/28/2019 - 21:43

BY  ON 5/25/19 AT 10:16 AM EDT

A U.S. citizen said Chinese police released his mother from an internment camp after 15 months so she could try to silence his criticisms of the country's human rights abuses, only for her to be sent back to detention the next day.

Ferkat Jawdat's mother is one of at least 1 million Uyghurs and other ethnic Muslim minorities who are being held in "concentration camps" in China's northwest Xinjiang region. These camps run "political re-eduation" programs and there have been reports of torture, sexual abuse and death. Xinjiang residents beyond camp walls are subjected to inescapable surveillance and monitoring.

But the latest move highlights the apparent lengths Chinese officials will go to in trying to quash critcism from its diaspora around the world. And as the trade war with the U.S. heats up, it also illustrates how Beijing's tense relationship with Washington differs uniquely from other countries, and the dramatic impact this has on individual families.

His Mother's Voice

Jawdat's mother called him on May 17, the first time they had any contact in more than a year, and said she had been released from the detention camp.

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