A Uighur Muslim woman has been forced by Chinese authorities to evict her rented property in the northwestern region of Xinjiang for wearing a face veil, in a clear violation of her human rights.
“Yes. We dealt with her issue, so what,” an official with the local residential management office, told Radio Free Asia on Thursday, August 27, on condition of anonymity.
“We do not have any law that says we are not allowed to rent houses out to Uighurs who cover themselves, but it has been administered like that in our district across the board.”
Arzugul Memet, who dons face-veil, wa informed by her neighborhood residence committee that her apartment in the Xinjiang capital Urumqi would be sealed.
The notice left on her door said the decision was issued because she “did not cooperate with our… rule against covering up and wearing a face veil.”
The notice, issued by the Tengritagh district’s Ceramic Factory Neighborhood Committee, was based on general rules for renting of homes in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
A neighborhood committee worker confirmed Memet’s case, adding that she felt compelled to enforce it at the risk of losing her livelihood.
“That is correct, she was a covered-up woman,” the worker said of Arzugul Memet.
“We cannot do anything about it but carry out the orders from the top… We have nothing to do with this policy.”