Ethnic Kazakhs from XUAR Kaysha Akan and Murager Alimuly, who fled from China to their historical homeland from persecution on a national basis, became victims of an attack by unknown persons in Nur-Sultan and Almaty.
In Nur-Sultan and Almaty on the evening of January 21, almost simultaneously attacks were made on ethnic Kazakhs who fled from Chinese Xinjiang, Vlast.Kz writes. The victims received refugee status recently, presumably, they were persecuted due to the disclosure of facts of violation of the rights of national minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of the PRC.
One of the victims of the attack, Kaisha Akan, reported that she and her family, who remained in China, received threats and demands not to publish the truth about the “re-education camps” and human rights violations in the region.
Kaysha Akan and Murager Alimuly are two of four ethnic Kazakhs who fled from China to their historical homeland because of fears of persecution and being sent to a “re-education camp”. In the fall of 2020, they received refugee status.
According to numerous reports of human rights activists, persecution of people on religious and ethnic grounds continues in the XUAR. Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and representatives of other Turkic-Muslim peoples living in the region are sent to “re-education camps”. UN structures and Human Rights Watch stated that the number of those staying there could be up to a million people.
The US Secretary of State announced the Uyghur genocide the day before his term expired. Earlier, the new US President Joe Biden, who took office on January 20, made a similar statement.
At the same time, the Chinese authorities deny all accusations of harassment of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities, calling the camps “educational centers.” According to them, such institutions are used to combat extremism and for vocational training.