I would like to offer my sincerest condolences on behalf of the Uyghur National Movement to the family of Liu Xiaobo for his untimely death this morning. I send my thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies to those who were close with him, and especially his wife, Liu Xia, who demonstrates admirable strength in the face of adversity. A Nobel laureate and courageous advocate for democracy and free speech, Mr. Liu dedicated his life to protect the rights of others.
Earlier this year, the Chinese government ordered Uyghurs students studying abroad to return to Eastern Turkistan. Chinese authorities have also targeted family members of Uyghur students studying abroad. That order apparently reached more than 1000 Uyghur students studying in Egypt. Recent news coverage documents the Egyptian governments compliance with China’s order as the state rounds up Uyghur students to deport them.