Uighur graduate student studying in South Korea goes missing in Hong Kong—May have been deported to China

An international student from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur region who is pursuing a doctoral program in South Korea has gone missing in Hong Kong메이저놀이터.

Abduwali Abudurehman, 38, who was traveling to Hong Kong to meet a friend, has not been heard from since Oct. 10, rights group Amnesty International said in a statement on Saturday. The last text he sent to his friend said he was “being questioned by Chinese police after arriving at Hong Kong airport”.

This raises the possibility that Chinese authorities have arrested Abudurehman and deported him to mainland China. “The fact that he was allegedly detained and interrogated upon arrival raises questions about the Hong Kong government’s possible complicity in the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Chinese government against the Uighurs,” Amnesty said. “There are also growing concerns that he may have been illegally returned to China without following the procedures required by law, or that he may be arbitrarily detained and tortured.”

Abudurehman, a native of Xinjiang Uyghur, has been studying in South Korea for the past seven years, completing a PhD program in sports industry and leisure at a university in Seoul last year. Given Abudurehman’s history of traveling abroad, Amnesty believes he may be on a blacklist of overseas Uighurs maintained by the Chinese government. According to Amnesty, the Chinese government has a history of short- and long-term detention and torture of Uyghurs who have traveled abroad.

“Given the crimes against humanity committed by the Chinese government against Uyghurs in Xinjiang and its ongoing pursuit of Uyghurs who have traveled abroad, the unknown fate of Abudurehman is deeply concerning,” said Amnesty China investigator Alkan Akad. “The Hong Kong authorities must urgently clarify his whereabouts and release him immediately unless there is sufficient and concrete evidence pointing to a crime.”

However, the Hong Kong government said that Aboudurehman “has never entered Hong Kong, nor has he been refused entry while attempting to enter Hong Kong,” the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported. The Hong Kong government demanded an apology, saying Amnesty’s allegations were “unfounded and an attempt to defame the authorities.” Questions about whether he was repatriated to mainland China or detained at the airport also went unanswered, according to S

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