Full Story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-18/uyghurs
For decades, Uyghur imam Memtimin Emer was a bedrock of his farming community in China’s far west. On Fridays, he preached Islam as a religion of peace. On Sundays, he treated the sick with free herbal medicine. In the winter, he bought coal for the poor.
- The leaked database has information on 311 individuals and more than 2,000 of their relatives, neighbours and friends
- It shows the Chinese Government detained them for religious activities such as praying, attending a mosque, and growing a beard
- Information leaked last year showed the “training” camps were centres for forced ideological and behavioural re-education
But as a Chinese Government mass detention campaign engulfed his native Xinjiang region three years ago, the elderly imam was swept up and locked away, along with all three of his sons living in China.
Now, a newly revealed database has exposed in extraordinary detail the main reasons for the detentions of Mr Emer, his three sons, and hundreds of others in Karakax County: their religion and their family ties.
The leaked database contains details of 311 individuals and lists information on more than 2,000 of their relatives, neighbours and friends.
It shows the Chinese Government focuses on religion as a reason for detention — not just political extremism, as authorities say, but ordinary activities such as praying, attending a mosque, or even growing a long beard.
Each entry includes a detainee’s name, address, national identity number, detention date and location, along with a detailed dossier on their family, religious and neighbourhood background, the reason for their detention, and a decision on whether or not to release them.
Issued within the past year, the documents do not indicate which government department compiled them or for whom.