A photo exhibition was organised by the Uyghurs in Vienna on 22nd September at Stephansplatz,Vienna. Mevlan Dilsat, President of Uyghur community in Vienna, spoke on the atrocities committed by Chinese Communist Party against Uyghurs and ethnic minorities in the concentration camps in Xinjiang province.
The situation of Uyghurs in China has been bleak under the Chinese communist party (CCP)’s rule and continues to escalate. Numerous Uyghur intellectuals were detained in China as part of a repression campaign targeting predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities that started in 2016, and has only escalated lately.
A recent report by the United States, which revealed China’s human rights violation in the Xinjiang region, said that “allegations of patterns of torture, or ill-treatment, including forced medical treatment and adverse conditions of detention, are credible, as are allegations of individual incidents of sexual and gender-based violence.”
Former UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet released the report which said that Uyghurs in the Chinese province of Xinjiang and other predominantly Muslim groups were routinely placed in reeducation camps where they were subjected to torture, rape, forced labour, and abortion.
The photos of people who are in the concentration camps in China and who are missing in Xinjiang region were displayed in the photo exhibition on Thursday. Dolkun Isa, President of World Uyghur Congress also participated in the event and spoke on the human right violations committed by CCP. The speakers in this event also requested that Austria should recognise the genocide happening against Uyghurs in China and taken against the CCP officials involved in this.