“In this Chinese camp, it’s like my brother has become a ghost. My parents didn’t even recognize him.”

Five years ago, in April 2016 more precisely, Ekpar Asat disappeared overnight. The young Uyghur, a Turkish-speaking and Muslim minority in China, was returning to Xinjiang province after a stay in the United States during which he had participated in a prestigious program intended to train future leaders of the planet. For months, his relatives did not hear from him, until they learned of his sentence to 15 years of imprisonment and his internment in a Chinese camp. Since then, her older sister, a Harvard graduate, has been fighting to cry out her rage and get her brother released. Like him, a million Uyghurs are said to be locked up today because of their ethnicity. Rayhan Asat, lawyer specializing in human rights, is the Guest of Saturday of LaLibre.be.

Your brother Ekpar had come to the United States, like 5,000 foreign citizens each year, to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program, a prestigious State Department program set up to develop future leaders. He disappeared three weeks later. What happened ? Does China see him as an enemy because he left for the United States?

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