UHRP has released a new report documenting the Chinese government’s seizure and sale of property owned by successful Uyghur entrepreneurs.
The report, Under the Gavel: Evidence of Uyghur-Owned Property Seized and Sold Online, documents numerous properties belonging to Uyghur businesspeople being sold on the judicial auctions section of the e-commerce website Taobao, owned by the Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA). Assets sold by the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) court system include commercial and residential real estate, as well as shares of companies. These properties were seized in the course of criminal cases during the ongoing genocide.
“Dispossession of Uyghurs during an ongoing genocide is an issue that has not been adequately documented,” said Omer Kanat, UHRP Executive Director. “Seizure of property has been a feature of genocides throughout history. This report can serve as a starting point for further research on this critical issue.”
In addition to the large-scale extrajudicial detention in concentration camps, the ongoing crackdown has also featured mass arrests of Uyghurs on politicized charges such as “aiding terrorism” and “extremism.” Innocuous behavior like traveling abroad or sending money to relatives overseas can result in these charges. The Chinese government has failed to publicly reveal any evidence in these cases, and has been conducting arrests and trials in near-complete secrecy.
The Source: UHRP.ORG