Authorities in East Turkestan have collected the bodies of Uyghur residents in the northeastern city of Ghulja who died during a strict coronavirus lockdown.
The Chinese government refers to the region as Xinjiang.
However, they did not inform the families of the deceased about whether their loved ones’ remains were handled according to Islamic burial rituals, local officials said.
Ghulja, known as Yining in Chinese, has been under lockdown since early August due to outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus.
It has led to deaths from starvation or lack of access to medicine in the city of roughly half-million people, mainly Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims, RFA reported.
About 90 people died in Ghulja during the lockdown, according to a member of the city’s coronavirus pandemic working group.