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‘Nowhere to be found’: Harvard coalition says US must fight to free young Uighur leader

Exclusive: More than 70 Harvard schools and student organisations sign open letter urging US state department to take stronger action over Ekpar Asat

The US government must do more to demand China release a Uighur man who was jailed for 15 years after participating in a state department exchange program, a coalition of Harvard University schools and student groups has said.

Ekpar Asat, a young entrepreneur and journalist from Xinjiang, disappeared in 2016 after returning from the US where he had been on the exchange program and visited his sister Rayhan, a Harvard law student. He had promised to come back to the US in a few months with their parents to watch her become Harvard’s first ever Uighur graduate.

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