Amnesty International, Australia, 6-13-2021.
I am a Uyghur who was born and raised in Australia, but met and got married to my husband in Urumqi, Xinjiang. Due to no other reason but for being Uyghur, people like my husband are being persecuted and tortured at the hands of the Chinese government.
In April 2017, we were about to fly to Australia and start our life together when the police turned up at our door – just two days before our flight.
Mirzat was one of the first Uyghurs to be arbitrarily detained in what I didn't know would be the beginning of China's campaign of mass detention and repression against Uyghurs.