Tashpolat Teyip Xinjiang University president Tashpolat Teyip, detained in 2017, accused as a “two-faced” official, insufficiently loyal to the state.
Xinjiang University President Purged Under 'Two-Faced' Officials Campaign
The president of Xinjiang University in northwestern China was removed from his post and detained last year, in what his fellow Uyghurs believe is that latest example of China’s crackdown on “two-faced Uyghurs” accused of insincerity in supporting government policies.
The website of Xinjiang University, the highest institute of learning in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, said the replacement of prominent scholar Tashpolat Teyip was announced at a meeting of Communist Party cadres on March 31, 2017.
The meeting, led by Xinjiang Communist Party Regional deputy secretary Li Pengxin, announced that Teyip (whose name is sometimes spelled Taxpolat Tiyip) had been removed from his post and replaced by Weli Barat, said the website, Bulaq Kol.
Teyip, a geographer with a doctorate from Tokyo University of Science who had served as university president from 2010, was praised for his commitment to serving the party with complete obedience, including “strictly implementing political ideology,” said the website.
Despite the praise, Teyip disappeared from public view after that meeting, and word in Uyghur society was that he had been detained and was being kept in a secret location, RFA’s Uyghur Service learned this month.
Chinese authorities and the country’s tightly controlled media have not released any information regarding Teyip, who was born in 1958.
Telephone calls to several university administrative departments, however, enabled RFA to verify that Teyip was under investigation, without yielding specific details of his case.
“Currently his crime has not been declared, and we have not been informed of anything,” said a staffer at the university president’s office.
“I can’t explain to you, as I am not sure about the exact facts,” the man said, before hurriedly ending the call.
At the university’s discipline and inspection department, a man told RFA that “at the moment (Teyip) is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.”
Asked what alleged offenses were being investigated, the man swiftly hung up the phone.
Purged from roster of historic presidents
At the school’s security department, the man who answered RFA’s call, simply said: “We cannot answer these questions, and please do not call this number again.”
Officials at the university’s human resources and administration departments, refused to comment.
Teyip’s name was also removed from the official list of presidents since the founding of Xinjiang University in 1924, when it was known as Xinjiang Russian and Law School.
His absence from the list is seen by Uyghurs as startling, because Sheng Shicai, a reviled Chinese warlord who had ruled Xinjiang with an iron fist before Chinese communist annexation of the region after 1949, is still listed despite serving only two years as university president.
Teyip’s rapid rise in his career included his appointment as dean of Xinjiang University’s geography department in 1996. As president of the university beginning in 2010, he was at the same time Communist Party deputy secretary.
His list of publications includes book contributions and numerous scientific articles on the subject of spectroscopy and long-distance sensing and their applications to measuring land cover and soil types.
Many Uyghurs believe he ran afoul of an unprecedented ideological purge unfolding in Xinjiang against so-called “two-faced” Uyghur officials—a term applied by the government to Uyghurs who do not willingly follow directives and exhibit signs of “disloyalty.”
The repressive measures against Uyghurs suspected of disloyalty were ushered in by Xinjiang Communist Party chief Chen Quanguo, who was appointed to his post in August 2016.
China regularly conducts “strike hard” campaigns in Xinjiang, including police raids on Uyghur households, restrictions on Islamic practices, and curbs on the culture and language of the Uyghur people, including videos and other material.
While China blames some Uyghurs for militant attacks, experts outside China say Beijing has exaggerated the threat from the Uyghurs and that repressive domestic policies are responsible for an upsurge in violence there that has left hundreds dead since 2009.
Reported by Kurban Niyaz for RFA's Uyghur Service. Translated by the Uyghur Service. Written in English by Paul Eckert.
Proféssor tashpolat téyip "Bölgünchilik" bilen eyiblinip kéchiktürme ölüm jazasigha höküm qilin'ghan
Muxbirimiz shöhret hoshur
Yéqinda radiyomizgha kelgen "Wetendin sada" namliq mektupta shinjang uniwérsitétining sabiq mudiri, proféssor tashpolat téyipning "Bölgünchilik" bilen eyiblinip, ölüm jazasigha höküm qilin'ghanliqi we jazaning ikki yil kéchiktürülüp ijra qilinishqa buyrulghanliqi bayan qilin'ghan idi.
Muxbirimizning Uyghur aptonom rayonluq edebiyat-sen'etchiler birleshmisining siyasiy bölümi we qeshqer toqquzaqning bulaqsa saqchixanisigha qarita élip barghan téléfon ziyaretliri dawamida proféssor tashpolat téyip heqqidiki yuqiriqi uchurning toghriliqi jezmleshti.
Hörmetlik radiyo anglighuchilar, ötken ayda Uyghur rayonidiki melum bir töwen'ge chüshken kadir teripidin yézilghan we radiyomizgha imzasiz halda yollan'ghan "Wetendin sada" mawzuluq mektupta Uyghur rayonida teshwiq qiliniwatqan "Agahlandurush-ibret" filimlirida körsitilgenlerge asasen ma'arip nazaritining naziri sattar sawut, méditsina uniwérsitétining mudiri xalmurat ghopur bilen bir qatarda shinjang uniwérsitétining sabiq mudiri, proféssor tashpolat téyipningmu "Bölgünchilik" bilen eyiblinip ölümge buyrulghanliqi we ölüm jazasining ikki yil kéchiktürüp ijra qilinishqa buyrulghanliqi bayan qilin'ghan.
Biz ötken ayda shinjang edebiyat-sen'etchiler birleshmisining siyasiy bölüm mudirini ziyaret qilghan waqtimizda umu idare-organlarda teshwiq qiliniwatqan "Agahlandurush-ibret filimi" diki melumatlargha asasen tashpolat téyipning "Bölgünchilik" bilen shughullan'ghanliqi üchün jazalan'ghanliqini ashkarilighan idi.
Qeshqer toqquzaqning bulaqsu saqchixanisi xadimi nöwette özlirining bir yérim sa'etlik uzunluqta bir "Agahlandurush-ibret filimi" ni körüwatqanliqini bayan qilish bilen birlikte mezkur filimda tashpolat téyip heqqidimu mezmun barliqini tilgha aldi. Bu xadim filimda ölümge höküm qilinip jazasi kéchiktürülgen 3 kishi heqqide tonushturush barliqi, bu üch shexstin birining tashpolat téyip ikenlikini ashkarilidi.
Yuqiriqi her ikki xadim gerche tashpolat téyipning aliy mektep munbiridin paydilinip, atalmish "Bölgünchilik" idiyesini teshwiq qilghanliqini bayan qilghan bolsimu, emma uning konkrét qandaq ish-heriketlerde bolghanliqi heqqide melumat bérelmidi.
Ilgiri ashkarilan'ghan uchurlardin melum bolushiche, Uyghurlarning chet'el ziyaritimu ikki yildin buyanqi siyasiy dolqunda "Muhim siyasiy xataliq" süpitide atalmish "Jinayet" ke pakit qilinmaqtiken. Axbarat uchurliridin tashpolat téyipning ilgiri amérika qatarliq döletlerni ziyaret qilghanliqi melum. Shunga biz mezkur sh u a r edebiyat-sen'etchiler birleshmisi siyasiy bölüm mudiridin tashpolat téyipning ilgiriki chet'el ziyariti heqqidimu melumat soriduq. Mezkur teshwiqat filimining tesirige uchrighanliqi bilinip turghan bu xadim özining shexsiy pikri süpitide tashpolat téyipning chet'el ziyariti dawamida özige oxshash niyettiki kishiler bilen alaqileshken we hemkarlashqan bolushi mumkinlikini ilgiri sürdi.
Shinjang uniwérsitétining sabiq oqutquchisi qutluq almas özining sabiq xizmetdashlirining hemmisiningla weten we millitige sadiq kishiler ikenliki, emma ularning nöwettiki siyasiy weziyette xitaygha qarshi bir ish-heriketlerde bolush imkanliridin mehrum ikenlikini ilgiri süridu. Qutluq almasning perez qilishiche, ular xitaygha qarshi bir heriketlerde bolghan bolushi natayin, emma nöwettiki atalmish "Üch xil küch" ke qarshi siyasiy dolqunda xitay kütken derijide bir aktipchanliqini körsetmigen bolushi mumkin. Tashpolat téyipning amérikida yashawatqan inisi, pa'aliyetchi nuri téyip akisining ehwali heqqide ikki yildin béri héchqandaq uchur alalmighanliqini bayan qildi. U akisining jazalinish sewebi heqqide öz perizini otturigha qoydi. Nuri téyip nöwettiki weziyette akisining jazalinishidin heyran qalmaydighanliqi we akisining insaniy xisletliri we ish-izliridin pexirlinidighanliqini bayan qildi.