Model's rare video highlights plight of Uighur Muslims in China

WION Web Team Xinjiang, China Aug 05, 2020, 09.41 AM(IST)

Merdan Ghappar Photograph:( Twitter )

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Ghappar explicates how Uighurs are still being detained in significant numbers, held without charge and being dragged into in China's highly secure and secretive detention system.

A video of a 31-year-old male model Merden Ghappar first shared by BBC, gives a rare glimpse inside internment of the Uighur Muslims in China.

In the video, Ghappar, a model for the massive Chinese online retailer Taobao, can be seen handcuffed to the metal frame of the bed. It also reveals his dirty clothes, his swollen ankles.

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He juxtaposes his present miserable condition to the past when he was well paid to flaunt his good looks in slick promotional videos for clothing brands.

Ghappar explicates how Uighurs are still being detained in significant numbers, held without charge and being dragged into in China's highly secure and secretive detention system.

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The video sheds light on the "three evil forces" of separatism, terrorism, and extremism in the country's far western region of Xinjiang.

Ghappar's family shared the video along a photograph which calls on children as young as 13 to "repent and surrender" to expose the psychological pressure placed on Uighur communities.

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They met him five months ago, but lost touch with him after his phone was confiscated by the detention authorities. Despite being aware that aware that the release of the four minute, thirty-eight second video of him in his cell might increase the pressure and punishment he faces, his family released the video to highlight his plight along with the Uighur Muslims in general.

Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi, home to 3.5 million people, has reported a new wave of coronavirus cases.

China's ruling Communist Party is under growing international pressure over the fate of minorities in its northwestern region of Xinjiang.

More than one million ethnic Uighurs and other minorities, mostly Muslim Turkic peoples, have been herded into internment camps where they undergo political indoctrination, according to rights groups and experts.

Chinese health authority said Wednesday that it received reports of 27 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Tuesday, including 22 locally-transmitted ones.

All locally-transmitted cases were reported in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.