Statement by DROI Chair Maria Arena on the situation in Xinjiang


Statement by the Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) Maria Arena on the incommunicado detention and possible execution of citizens in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in China.

"I am alarmed by the reported possible imminent execution of Tashpolat Tiyip, a prominent Uyghur academic and former President of Xinjiang University. He was convicted in a secret and unfair trial, following his enforced disappearance and incommunicado detention since 2017. Following his "suspended death sentence", which includes the possibility of commutation after two years imprisonment, he now reportedly faces imminent execution.