This Article is written by Himanshu Shukla, Student (IP University, Delhi)
It is no secret that the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in China is running ‘re-education’ camps where millions of Uighurs are made to condemn their ways of life, religious beliefs, and practices.
A Chinese woman claims that Chinese-run secret detention centers in Dubai. Wu Huan, 26, was running to avoid extradition to China because her fianceé was believed to be a Chinese revolutionary. Speaking during an interview with The Associated Press on June 30, 2021, from a safe home in Ukraine, Wu said that he was abducted from a hotel in Dubai and detained by Chinese authorities in a villa that was turned into a prison. Here he saw or heard two other prisoners, both Uyghur Muslims.
She was questioned and threatened in Chinese and forced to indicate authorized paperwork to harass her fiancée, she said.
According to the report, Wang has been wanted by Chinese officials after Chinese officials criticized Chinese media coverage of the 2019 Hong Kong protests and questioned China’s conduct in the border dispute with India.
The Associated Press reports further that they were unable to independently confirm or deny Wu’s statement because she was unable to pinpoint the exact location of the ‘black site’ where she was reportedly detained by Chinese authorities. However, journalists have seen and heard corroborative evidence such as a stamp in her passport, phone recordings of a Chinese official interrogating him, and text messages she sent from prison to the couple’s pastor, who went to testify her testimony.
Wu was taken to a private room, which had a heavy metal door, a mattress, a chair, and a white fluorescent gent that remained on throughout the day and into the evening. She mentioned that she was questioned and threatened several times in Chinese.
Sources claim that China is using more of its worldwide influence to detain or repatriate residents it wants from abroad, whether disgruntled, suspected of corruption, Or be an ethnic minority like the Uighurs.
China has rejected the claim: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said, ‘All I can tell you right now is that what the woman is saying is not true.’
Earlier, Huan’s 19-year-old fiancé Wang Jingyu has been declared wanted in China. Because she questioned China’s actions on the border with India and Hong Kong protests. As of now, Dubai has not responded to this matter.
In response to Wu Huan’s assertions, Yu-Jie Chen, an assistant professor at Taiwan’s Academia, claimed she had never heard of a Chinese secret prison in Dubai and that such a facility would be rare in any other country. Will be However, he said it might be possible to consider China’s habit of going the extra mile to ensure that it brings back select nationals, either through official means such as signing extradition treaties or informally canceling visas.