The Chinese government has subjected about 20 million Uyghurs to endless fear and family separation. Every citizen in East Turkestan knows at least one person who has lost a loved one and lives under the surveillance of cameras within their homes and “house sittings” by government officials. Although it is difficult to reach precise numbers, Human Rights Watch reports that a “mass surveillance has increased across the region” in recent years and estimates that “tens of thousands of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities have been sent to “political education centers” since April 2017. Individuals are arbitrarily detained for ridiculous and often unverifiable reasons like traveling, having relatives overseas, receiving calls from abroad, visiting foreign websites, having beards, partaking in normal religious practices, and expressing any opinions related to the government.
Murat Harri Uyghur, an ethnic Uyghur based in Finland has had both of his parents detained. His mother Guihuahan Tiemuer and father Saitiniyazi Wufuer were held in an internment camp in Turpan. They are only two of the millions of Uyghurs and Kazakhs suffering under in China’s internment camps in East Turkestan. Murat Harri Uyghur started a campaign for his parent’s release and for the release of millions of other innocent detainees of internment camps. UyghurAid was generated and developed from the #FreeMyParents campaign. Eventually Murat's parents were released on December 24th in 2018. Murat, however has continued his activism in order to see others released, too.
UyghurAid members consists of ethnic Uyghurs and people from other ethnic and religious back grouds, Muslims, Christians, Jews and Atheists. But they all stand behind the vision of UyghurAid and its campaigns for the Uyghur cause. We believe that sincere love wins, because it is human nature. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.