Terrorizing those who Rent to Uighurs?

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The notice pictured above seems to be authentic, though I would welcome evidence that it is not. It reads: [switch to English]

Zhenping County Public Security Bureau Notice Regarding the Administrative Punishment of Zhao XX.

On the evening of August 8, 2018 at 8:40, our bureau received a report: Someone in the village of Yushuzhuang in Shifosi privately rented a premises to Uighur people. After receiving the report, a branch under the Zhenping County Public Security Bureau rushed to the scene to conduct an investigation.Through investigation, it was confirmed that there were Uighurs making nan-bread in Yushuzhuang: Without the agreement of the public security organs, three persons, Waili Mijiti, Jinishahan Halike, and Tuersun Zeyiti privately rented rooms in the home of a landlord Zhao X, and Zhao X did not report this to the branch public security bureau, conduct violating the "Counter-terrorism Law of the P.R.C.", and based on the provisions of article 91 of the "Counter-terrorism Law of the P.R.C.": this decision was made as to this refusal to cooperate in relevant departments carrying out counter-terrorism security precautions, intelligence information, investigation, or emergency response efforts, by renting a premises without authorization and without reporting:

  1. Zhao X is to be given administrative detention of 15 days, and a concurrent fine of 1900 RMB (Zhao is currently already detained in the Zhenping county jail).
  2. The three Uighurs are to be forcibly repatriated to their previous residence in Xinjiang to receive education.
  3. The person making the report is to be awarded two thousand (2000) Renminbi, in accordance with the "Measures for Rewarding Public Reporting of Leads Involving Terrorism".

Notice is Hereby Given

Zhenping County Public Security Bureau

August 9, 2018

Notes:

  • Article 91 of the Counter-terrorism Law, evoked as the basis for the landlord Zhao’s punishment, reads:

Refusal to cooperate with relevant departments' counter-terrorism safety precautions, or intelligence information, investigation, or emergency response efforts, is to be given a a fine of up to 2,000 yuan by the relevant departments; where serious consequences are caused, 5-15 days of detention is given, and a a fine of up to 10,000 yuan may be given concurrently.

  • Administrative punishments like those discussed here are given and implemented directly by the Public Security police forces rather than the courts.
  • Detention is permitted by the cited provision only where ‘serious consequences’ are caused, but landlord Zhao has been given the maximum period of detention– 15 days in jail, despite the case seemingly involving minimal- if any – consequences.
  • There is no allegation of extremism or terrorism in the notice, just being or renting to Uighurs.
  • The failure to cooperate with intelligence gathering here seems to be a failure to proactively report and seek approval for Uighur tenants.
  • The title of the Notice refers only to the punishment of the landlord, ignoring the tenants, an indication of who it is meant to alert and intimidate.
  • Notice also that the landlord remains anonymous, while the tenants are named.
  • There is no clear legal basis cited for the ‘education’ awaiting the three Uighurs being returned to Xinjiang but ‘education’ has been used as a euphemism in the titles of several newly constructed prison complexes.
  • The population of Yushuzhuang Village in Henan Province, where the report and rental occurred was 1,800 in 2006, according to Baidupedia.

 

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3 Comments

  1. This looks like a routine terrorism control measure. Until Uyghur terrorists give up US aid, it will probably continue but do no more harm than the FBI does with its notorious ‘targeting’ of Muslims in America.

    • That simply isn’t true. Detaining someone for 15 days without trial for the ‘offense’ of renting to a member of a minority group is not normal or routine. I know of no legal basis that allows for this in China, let alone the U.S., but I welcome your pointing it out to me.

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