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China auctions $84.8 million worth of detained Uighurs: report

The authorities have auctioned assets worth USD 84.8 million since 2019. (Representative)


A media report said Chinese officials are auctioning off the assets of some detainees and raising millions of US dollars amid mass detentions of their own citizens in Xinjiang province.

As reported by Taiwan News, the authorities have auctioned the property worth USD 84.8 million since 2019. The properties sold by local courts on e-commerce sites came from at least 21 people.

The sale included a wide variety of items, including household items and more. But most of the property sold was accounted for in real estate. The Wall Street Journal verified data collected by the Uighur Human Rights Project.

Taiwan News said the move to auction the property is aimed at eliminating assets in the Uighur community and targeting business leaders.

Uighur exporter Abduzel Helil was among those whose assets were auctioned.

Halil has been detained since 2017 on terrorism financing charges.

He had to surrender US$11 million in assets to the authorities. According to Taiwan News, one of his buildings was sold on Taobao, the Chinese counterpart of Amazon, for US$8.3 million.

From 2018, the boom was reported to freeze assets belonging to Uighur entrepreneurs. Authorities in Xinjiang have detained nearly one million Uighurs as they aim to “end extremism”.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NB staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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