An Uyghur high school principal in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region is serving 18 years in prison for inviting two Uyghur scholars to give presentations.
Sherep Heyit is principal of No. 6 High School in Korla, the second-largest city in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
It has been three or four years since Heyit disappeared, according to a former student..
“He was an elite intellectual,” according to Husenjan, a former student who now lives in exile.
Sherep organized a number of cultural events, inviting prominent Uyghur intellectuals Yalqun Rozi and Abduqadir Jalalidin to give lectures, he said.
Rozi and Jalaidin have been in prison since 2017, when Chinese authorities began detaining Uyghurs and other Turkic-speaking Muslims.
Research by human rights organizations and internal Chinese Communist Party documents confirm the government is committing crimes against humanity.
These are targeting Uyghurs and the country’s Turkic Muslim population.
The crimes include murder, torture, rape, and detaining over one million Uyghurs.