Apr 14, 2014

East Turkestan: Thirty-Five Uyghurs Escaping Persecution Finally Allowed Into Turkey

In an effort to escape persecution, a group of Uyghur people had to wait for eighteen days upon arrival in Turkey after they were forced to flee their homeland.

Below is an article published by World Bulletin:

35 Uighur Turks who have been kept waiting in transit at Istanbul Ataturk airport since fleeing to Turkey from China on March 25 [2014] have finally been given permission to enter the country.

The group, which included women and children, had arrived in Turkey with different flights in an attempt to escape persecution in their homeland of East Turkestan (Xinjiang), China.

Concerns were being raised over their health during their lengthy wait amid reports that one child had been rushed to hospital.

Due to missing documents, the group was not legally entitled to enter Turkey. However, after fulfilling the necessary checks, the group was finally granted entry.