Five Uyghur professors from Xinjiang University held in political ‘Re-education Camps’

By Shohret Hoshur | Radio Free Asia

At least five ethnic Uyghur professors from one of the top universities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are being held in political “re-education camps,” according to one of their former colleagues and an official with the school who confirmed their detentions.

Qutluq Almas, a former lecturer at Xinjiang University in the XUAR capital Urumqi living in exile in the U.S., recently posted a message on social media saying sources inside the region had confirmed to him that literature professors Abdukerim Rahman, Rahile Dawut, Azat Sultan and Gheyretjan Osman were detained in January, while former language professor Arslan Abdulla was arrested later.

“According to credible information I have received, [Rahman] is currently held in a so-called ‘re-education camp,’” Almas said of the academic, who is in his 80s.