Who is she?
- Dr. Gulshan Abbas is a retired medical doctor who was taken away to an internment camp without charge or trial on September 11, 2018.
- Born and raised in Urumchi, the capital of the Uyghur Region, Dr. Abbas graduated from Xinjiang Medical University in 1985. She worked at MingYuan Workers Hospital, operated by the state-owned Xinjiang petroleum Company.
- As a highly educated professional, Dr. Abbas, now 57, was widely known for her dedication to her work and her patients.
- Dr. Abbas’ all immediate family members including her two daughters, three granddaughters, three siblings, 8 nieces and nephews are all living in US and are U.S. citizens.
The Crisis at Hand
- On September 11, 2018, Dr. Abbas were taken away from their homes to an undisclosed location. It is almost certain that she was taken to China’s infamous ethno-religious mass internment camps.
- The Abbas family has not spoken with Dr. Abbas in over a year, and has not had any response to urgent appeals to the Chinese government for information about her whereabouts and wellbeing.
- It is suspected that Dr. Abbas was taken into custody as a direct result of one of her family member’s activities within the United States. Rushan Abbas, the sister of Dr. Abbas, spoke on a panel at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2018 regarding the Uyghur crisis. Just six days after the Hudson Institute event, Dr. Abbas was taken into custody.
- The arbitrary detention a highly educated Uyghur woman like Dr. Abbas, along with hundreds of known cases of intellectuals and students disappeared, clearly demonstrates the absurdity of the Chinese government’s claims that Uyghurs who disappear from their homes are undergoing necessary “vocational” training.
Response to Dr. Abbas’ Disappearance
- Rushan Abbas advocates for Uyghur human rights through the Campaign for Uyghurs, an organization she founded.
- On the one-year anniversary of Dr. Abbas’s arbitrary detention, Dr. Abbas’s daughter Ziba Murat launched a new website, all4mom.org, to advocate for her mother’s release.