DAILY SIGNAL: She Spoke Out in Defense of China’s Uyghurs, Then China Abducted Her Sister

Rushan Abbas, a Muslim Uyghur living in America, delivered remarks at the Hudson Institute in 2018 about China’s persecution of Uyghurs. Six days later, her sister was arrested by the Chinese government.

“My freedom of speech in America as an American citizen, my First Amendment right, cost my own sister’s freedom,” Abbas, founder and executive director of Campaign for Uyghurs, says.

Abbas describes her sister as someone who was living an “ordinary life.”

“She’s not famous. She’s not an educator. She never traveled to any of the Muslim-majority countries. But yet, [the] last five years and nine months, that she’s in jail now,” says Abbas, who was born in China but moved to America 35 years ago.

The Chinese Communist Party views “anything that’s different as a threat,” Abbas says. “So, the Uyghurs believing in religion and speaking a different language and … having completely unique cultural differences—all this the Chinese government is taking as a threat.”

Since her sister was imprisoned in China, Abbas quit her job and began advocating full time for the freedom of Uyghurs just like her sister.

She joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to explain why the Chinese Communist Party is persecuting Uyghurs and what Americans can do to help.

Listen to the podcast below:

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