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At Chinas Request Moroccan Authorities Detain A Uyghur Activist

According to information from Moroccan police and a rights organisation that tracks people jailed by China, Moroccan authorities have arrested a Uyghur activist in exile as a result of a Chinese terrorism warrant distributed by Interpol.
Advocates are concerned that Yidiresi Aishan will be extradited to China, and claim that his detention is politically motivated as part of a larger Chinese campaign to apprehend suspected dissidents beyond its boundaries.
Morocco’s national security directorate announced on Tuesday that a Chinese person was detained after arriving from Istanbul at Mohammed V international airport in Casablanca on July 20.
“Interpol issued a red notice to [him] because he was suspected of belonging to a terrorist organization on the list of terrorist organizations,” the directorate stated.
The red alert, which is similar to being on Interpol’s most-wanted list, was issued at the request of China, which was seeking his extradition, according to the directorate. Moroccan authorities informed Interpol and the Chinese authorities about the arrest, and the Chinese citizen was referred to prosecutors pending the extradition procedure, according to the directorate.
The arrested individual was not named by Moroccan authorities, but he was identified as Aishan by the volunteer organization Safeguard Defenders.
The organization specializes in instances involving Chinese detainees.
According to friend and colleague Abduweli Ayup, Aishan, a 33-year-old computer engineer and father of three, holds been residing in Turkey since 2012, where he worked as a web designer and activist and has residency papers.
In China’s Xinjiang area, Aishan worked on an online journal for the Uyghur diaspora and aided other activists with media outreach and gathering tales of torture.
Aishan departed Istanbul for Casablanca on the evening of July 19 after being arrested several times in Turkey, according to Ayup.
According to Ayup, who is in touch with Aishan’s family, Aishan called his wife on Saturday and told her he was being deported.
Requests for comment on the detention were not immediately returned by Interpol or the Chinese embassy in Morocco.
It was unclear what charges he was facing.
In 2017, Morocco accepted an extradition pact with Beijing, one of numerous such agreements China has signed in recent years.
Following knifings and bombings by a tiny number of radical Uyghurs native to Xinjiang, China has framed its mass detention of a million or more Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim minorities as a “war against terror.”
Many innocent people have been jailed, according to researchers, for reasons such as traveling overseas or attending religious events.
The Moroccan ambassadors in Washington and Brussels have been urged not to extradite Aishan by Safeguard Defenders.
According to Peter Dahlin of Safeguard Defenders, Chinese authorities obtaining Interpol red alerts for Uyghurs and other dissidents abroad was “not unusual.”
A Chinese youngster who claims to be a permanent resident of the United States was arrested in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in April while transferring for a flight.
Wang Jingyu, a 19-year-old student, has been pursued by Chinese officials for his online comments regarding deadly border battles between Chinese and Indian forces last year.
It’s a human rights issue, according to the US State Department.
Wang was released in May and fled to the Netherlands with his fiancee.

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