Commentary on Political Economy

Thursday, 3 December 2020

 


Uighur exiles in Turkey blackmailed into spying for the Chinese

Chinese police officers push Uighur women protesting in Urumqi last year. Many have been forced to flee Xinjiang
Chinese police officers push Uighur women protesting in Urumqi last year. Many have been forced to flee Xinjiang
GUANG NIU/GETTY IMAGES

Uighurs living in Istanbul have described how the Chinese Communist Party is pressuring them to spy on their compatriots by using their families back in China as pawns.

Whatsapp messages from handlers and audio recordings of conversations with the Chinese consulate in Istanbul show officials offering the exiles money or the chance to make contact with family members who have been rounded up and taken to prison camps in China, in return for information about fellow Uighurs in Turkey.

No comments:

Post a Comment