Guligeina’s friends and family fear that she has been detained in a Chinese Government re-education camp and is at risk of torture.

In December 2017, Guligeina left her PhD studies in Malaysia and returned home to Yili, in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. She was worried about her parents, who she had been unable to contact since February 2017.

Guligeina knew it would be dangerous, so she made a plan with her friend Sammy — if her profile photo changed weekly, that meant she was safe. But her photo only changed during her first week home, then remained the same for many weeks until, one day, it changed to a dark, gloomy photo that looked like a prison cell.

In recent years the Chinese Government has escalated its persecution of Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic minorities. The government detains people like Guligeina in re-education camps, and subject them to technological surveillance, armed street patrols and security checkpoints. They often detain people if they communicate with relatives overseas.

No one should face indefinite detention simply because they practice a particular religion or belong to an ethnic minority group. Everyone should be free to visit family without fear of persecution. 

Guligeina’s family don’t know where she is, but they have grave fears for her safety. Please join them in calling on the Chinese Government to release Guligeina immediately.