The “Reveal the Truth: Uighur Tribunal” forum was held in Taipei, Taiwan. Some Uighurs detained in the Xinjiang concentration camp talked about their experiences of being tortured physically and mentally. One of the witnesses recalled the tragic situation and said that the Xinjiang concentration camp was a “hell on earth” that she would never forget in her lifetime. 

Mihrigul Tursun, 32, was imprisoned in a concentration camp three times for 11 months. She originally studied and lived in Egypt. 

In 2015, during her return to China to visit relatives, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) detained her for no reason. The CCP also took away her three young children, but the healthiest baby boy died under the supervision of the CCP of no known cause. Of the other two surviving children, one could not control his bowels, and the other was blind. The American hospitals could not help them.

She said: “Until now, I don’t know what they did to my three children. During the three months I stayed in the concentration camp, nine women died in front of me. I lost one of my children.”

The concentration camp room she was detained in was packed with 50 people, so everyone took turns lying on the floor every two hours. Every day, people were forced to ingest or were injected with drugs. If someone was taken out of the room, no one could hear any news about that person anymore. 

Tursun was tortured in the concentration camp. The police shaved her hair and electrocuted her. She burst into tears and said that the police told her she was detained because she was Uighur, and that was her only crime. 

She still suffers from post-traumatic stress due to mental torture and needs antidepressants.

Qelbinur Sidik was forced to work as a Chinese teacher in a concentration camp under the persecution of the Xinjiang police. 

She described the concentration camp as “the unforgettable hell on earth.” She heard screams echoing between the buildings every day. She could not forget those scenes.

Sidik recalled that 7,000-8,000 people were detained in this concentration camp. Most of them were elites of the Uighur church, including religious scholars, professors, experts, scholars, and intellectuals who had returned from overseas. They were all in handcuffs and shackles in detention. 

She also said that even as a staff member, she could not escape inhumane treatment. At the age of 48, she was forced to wear a contraceptive ring, which caused her to bleed heavily, and she was finally forced to undergo sterilization. “This has brought serious harm to my physical health and a mental shadow that I can’t get rid of.”

The police used electric shock sticks to insert into female genitals in the concentration camp and gang-raped the women. She could not tolerate being the topic of police small talk. 

It was not until October 2019 that Sidik escaped from the “hell on earth” with the assistance of her daughter in the Netherlands. She called on the international community to help the people still suffering in the concentration camps and stop this human humiliation in the 21st century.

After hearing the victim’s complaint, Wuer Kaixi, Secretary-General of Taiwan’s Control Yuan National Human Rights Commission, said: “At this time in the 21st century, there are still millions of people locked up in concentration camps. The CCP is the world’s largest totalitarian country that committed genocide against Uighurs. This is not only the shame of the Chinese (Communist) government but also of the citizens of the world.”

He hoped that the United States and other Western countries would not be on the wrong side of history and would reflect on the unfortunate results of the past “appeasement policy” with the CCP. He urged Western countries to assume moral responsibility and no longer compromise with the CCP.

“Today’s world needs to be awakened. The sacrifice of Uighurs and the persistence of Hong Kong people are sacrifices to awaken the world.”

Before the forum, the Uighur Tribunal, an independent trial organization headquartered in London, had officially ruled that the CCP had committed “genocide” against Uighurs. The court made this judgment after reviewing the testimony of more than 500 witnesses and 40 experts.

The chairman of the World Uighur Congress, Dolgun Isa, attended the forum via video. He stated that the CCP had established large-scale concentration camps and prisons in Xinjiang since 2016, imprisoning Uighur, Kazakhstan, Kirghiz, Uzbekistan, and other minorities, with the total number of victims exceeding 3 million people.

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