Religious Freedom and the Uyghur Muslims

Updated: Feb 16, 2021

On January 19, 2021 the US State Department declared the atrocities against the Uyghur's, genocide.

Though society has made great strides towards religious protections, the current situation between China and the Uyghur Muslims merit far greater inspection. Gulbahar Haitiwaji, a Chinese National, shared her story of religious persecution with The Guardian, “[I] was held in Baijiantan for two years. During that time, everyone around me – the police officers who came to interrogate prisoners, plus the guards, teachers, and tutors – tried to make me believe the massive lie without which China could not have justified its re-education project: that Uighurs are terrorists, and thus that I, Gulbahar, as a Uighur who had been living in exile in France for 10 years, was a terrorist... They had sentenced me to seven years of re-education. They had tortured my body and brought my mind to the edge of madness. And now, after reviewing my case, a judge had decided that no, in actual fact, I was innocent. I was free to go.”[1]