By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with reporting by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos

Christian Umit Hamit Agahi is serving a 15-year jail term.
Umit Hamit Agahi  was expelled from Hungary.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)– Hungary remained under pressure Wednesday, June 12, to explain its relations with China after expelling the vice-president of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) on “terrorism charges” and preventing a Budapest meeting dedicated to the religious and political rights of the Uyghur people.

WUC official Umit Hamit Agahi, a German citizen, told Radio Free Asia that he believes Chinese state security services may have provided Hungarian police with “false” information about himself and “triggered alarm” in Hungary.

“Only China calls the WUC a terrorist organization,” he said.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who has been criticized by the European Union for his perceived autocratic policies towards churches, media, courts, central bank and other previously independent institutions, has made clear he wants stronger economic ties with China.

The Chinese government has pressured countries questioning its human rights records.


Hungarian National Police defended the expulsion, saying he had been banned May 30 from entering Hungary due to security concerns.

Umit Hamit Agahi told reporters that during the 12-hour interrogations, he realized that he was being held on suspicion of terrorism and that police had told him he was “a threat to the security of Hungary”, allegedly without providing any evidence.

“This is something unexpected for me and for my organization. We were holding the meeting legally and with the support of the World Federation of Hungarians, which was registered in Hungary,” added the official, who is in charge of WUC’s European affairs.

“I have been living in Germany for the past 19 years, I am a German citizen, and have been working with human rights organizations in the EU [European Union] over the past 10 years. I have gone to Hungary eight times for the past 10 years. I have close links with rights organizations in Hungary. I am no stranger to Hungary.”

Additionally, Hungarian police and disaster response authorities prevented the meeting of the WUC and young Hungarians from four countries, arranged by the World Federation of Hungarians (MVSZ), organizers said.


In a video posted on the internet, MVSZ president Miklós Patrubány said police checked the papers of all delegates at the Budapest Hotel Attila where the visiting Uyghurs were staying.  Soon, disaster response authorities reportedly closed the hotel, saying it did not comply with fire regulations.

The MVSZ then offered the use of its headquarters in downtown Budapest, but police went to that location 30 minutes before the scheduled meeting of Hungarian and Uyghur youth was to take place and closed the building as “there had been a bomb threat,” Hungarian media reported.

This wasn’t the first controversy surrounding Hungary’s government. In  2011,  Orbán defended police action to block a Budapest demonstration in support of Tibet, during a visit by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

Hungary is determined to protect state interests when it comes to an official foreign visit, he told parliament at the time.  “Freedom of expression is okay, scandals or trouble-making is not,” he said.

Yet, the latest troubles came as another setback for the Uighur people, who claim to suffer ethnic discrimination, oppressive religious controls, and continued poverty and joblessness in China.


Ethnicity is also believed to have played a role in what his supporters view as the harsh sentence given to Uyghur Christian leader Alimujiang Yimiti who is serving a 15-year jail sentence in a Chinese prison for allegedly “providing state secrets to overseas organizations”.

Friends and rights activists have linked the charges to the Christian activities of the 42-year old pastor, a convert from Islam, who has been held behind bars since 2008.

Authorities in China’s troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang rejected an appeal against the sentence and recently curtailed visits of his wife, Gulinuer, who had been able to visit him once a month for 20 minutes, Christians familiar with the case said.

She said she can now only visit him once every three months and for only 10 minutes. His wife had been hoping that she and their two sons could visit him during New Year.

The pastor, whose name has also been spelled as Alimjan Yimit, is held in “arbitrary detention” according to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

China has denied wrongdoing, though Communist officials have expressed concerns about the spread of Christianity in the country. There are an estimated 130 million devoted believers in Communist-run China, many of whom meet in house churches, according to church groups.

(BosNewsLife, the first truly independent news agency covering persecuted Christians, is ‘Breaking the News for Compassionate Professionals’ since 2004). 

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  1. Thank you for covering the story that Hungary illegitimately evicted World Uyghur Congress Vice-President Umit Hamit Agahi! Hungary, a country that suffered decades under brutal communist rule, should understand the suffering of Uyghur people who continue to suffer brutal communist Chinese rule in their country even in the 21st century. Although communism, an atheistic and fascistic ideology that is against both religion and human freedom, has been bankrupt since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, but the last communist country China has been supported by many Western nations and even former communist Eastern European nations in their selfish pursuit of national interest and trade. This is the real tragedy today in the world and in Hungary. Hungarian support of communist Chinese to suppress the peaceful Uyghur people is like the communist Soviets support of Hungarian communists to suppress Hungarian people’s desire for freedom and democracy.

  2. Dear Yolvas Tiger,

    Thank you ver much for your comment. We have also updated the spelling of the minority to read Uyghur, which had been wrongly typed in some parts of the story.

    Best regards,

    Stefan J. Bos, BosNewsLife

  3. Thank you Mr. Stefan J. Bos! Please continue to pay attention and cover the terrible situation of Uyghur people under communist Chinese rule. You will find that they are going through the exact same suffering as your peoples have gone through not too long ago. Today many in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe think the horrors of communism is in the past. But that is not true. It is still ongoing in communist China where freedom-loving Uyghurs, Tibetans, Mongols and even Chinese people continue to suffer under a bankrupt ideology. Even Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiabo is still in prison for demanding freedom, democracy for China. That is the real China the world should see, not just the glittering China that is mesmerizing the eyes of the world. Thanks for your excellent work.


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