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12:00 AM, July 18, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, July 18, 2019

Australia calls on China to let Uighur mother and son leave

Australia’s government yesterday called on China to allow an Australian child and his Uighur mother to leave the country, days after co-signing a letter denouncing Beijing’s treatment of the Muslim minority.

China has rounded up an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking minorities into re-education camps in tightly controlled Xinjiang region, in the country’s northwest.

Sadam Abdusalam has campaigned for months for his Uighur wife, Nadila Wumaier, and their son Lutifeier, whom he has never met, to be allowed to come to Australia.

Australia’s embassy has “formally requested that the Chinese authorities allow Ms Wumaier and her son (who is an Australian citizen) to travel to Australia”, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said yesterday.

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