China's Hard Strike
[Strike Hard] campaign hits Uyghur family hard
Published on March 30, 2016
Like others in the restive province, the Hasiyet Abliz’s family tragedy is not uncommon.
“It’s almost normalized; the disappearing, the jailing without questions in Aksu,” said a teacher from city, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “In some townships, like Aykol, where the violent incident occurred, people ask each other: ‘How many of your children are in jail?’ People are no longer surprised by the question.”
Like many in the region, the teacher thinks the Uyghurs are being targeted as a way for the Chinese to increase their control of the region.
“The government is obviously bullying the Uyghurs, because no legal entity or organization exists to protect their rights,” the teacher said. “We don’t know what is going on about our rights in the
international arena, because of the censorship. Most tragically, we don’t know when the dark days will end.”
Local law enforcement officials also know of the Hasiyet Abliz family plight.
“We know the tragedy in the family you talked about, but we have no idea and no right to speak about the reason or responsibility for the tragedy,” police officer Husenjan Kerim said at the Aykol Police station. “If you want to investigate such a sensitive case you should call the higher police department in Aksu city."
Jume Gayit , deputy security chief of Peyshenbebazar village of the Aykol township told RFA emergency services were not developed well enough to get people to hospital and that the government offered compensation to the family.
"It is true the Ayshemgul died at home while she was in labor, because no man was left at home to take her to hospital,” he said. “We have given them 300 yuan as welfare for each person in the family, but it is impossible to cover the basic expense of their family.”
“I am trying to find a job for her whenever I have a request from Han bosses in our village, but there are a lot of families like her family in our village because of the violent incidents that occurred in recent years,” he added.
Reported and Translated by Shohret Hoshur for RFA's Uyghur Service. Written in English by Brooks Boliek.