“Like we were enemies in a war”

China’s Mass Internment, Torture and Persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang

“Like we were enemies in a war” China’s Mass Internment, Torture and Persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang

Illustrations by Molly Crabapple

Abdurishid Hoshur

阿不都热西提 · 吾守儿

Assumed Location

Internment camp

Suspected Reasons for Arrest or Detention

Transfer of money to family members abroad

Official Reason for Arrest or Detention

Unknown

Last Contact

December 2017

Abdurishid’s daughter told Amnesty International that Abdurishid, a restaurant owner from Artux County, was taken away in December 2017. His daughter, currently living in Turkey, thinks that he has been held in an internment facility for allegedly sending money to family members in Egypt.
Before being detained, Abdurishid asked his daughter not to return to China when she was at university on a Turkish scholarship programme. Her father told her that people who went abroad were experiencing some problems in China, and he gradually removed their contact and accounts on WeChat.
Abdurishid’s oldest son, Rizayidin Abdurishid, is also in a detention facility.

Personal Details

Abdurishid is a businessman and restaurant owner however his halal restaurant was closed down after his arrest and some of the staff were taken away. He is a strict man who does not like to socialize. The eldest brother in his family, Abdurishid took on the role as head of the family after his father passed away.

Date of Birth

1961

Ethnicity

Uyghur

Hometown

Artux County

Profession

Businessman, a chain restaurant owner

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