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Uyghur Muslims face 'oppression' in East Turkistan

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 12:29 -- Anonymous (not verified)
Uyghur Muslims face 'oppression' in East Turkistan. Photo: World Bulletin
Tension in Uyghur Autonomous Region between Uyghur Muslims and the police has been escalating recently, leaving many people dead and wounded.
 
Police in East Turkistan (Xinjiang) killed eight people who had attacked the pollice station with knives and explosives in the early hours of Monday, Xinjiang government news portal Tianshan reported.
 
A previous incident on December 17 killed sixteen people including two police officers in the old Silk Road city of Kashgar.
 

China: A Look at Troubled Uyghur Youth (LinkAsia: 12/27/13)

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 10:54 -- Anonymous (not verified)
Published on Dec 27, 2013
Young people from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on China's northwestern border are vulnerable to child trafficking. Thousands of kids from Xinjiang are abducted from home and end up on the streets of big cities like Shanghai. LinkAsia speaks with filmmaker Dongnan Chen about her documentary "The Trail from Xinjiang" which follows young men who were lured into a life of theft by pickpocket gangs working China's cities.
 
Watch more at http://linkasia.org
 

China needs rethink on Uighurs before more blood is spilt

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 16:26 -- Anonymous (not verified)
Uyghurs gathering in front of Idkah Mosque in Kashgar, East Turkestan. Photo: World Policy Blog

The bloody clash between ethnic Uighurs and the Chinese police that took place on December 15 in Xinjiang reflects a reality that rising China faces today. It was the fourth outbreak of such violence in Xinjiang since April, leaving at least 84 killed and 25 others injured. Then, on Monday, Chinese security forces killed eight people who allegedly attacked a police station in the region. As usual, Beijing called both incidents "terrorist" attacks, blaming a "violent terrorist gang" in Xinjiang, and scaled up security measures. However, enhanced security measures alone will not curb violence in the region, especially when the social and economic discontent of its Uighur minority remains unresolved.

Chinese Police Shoot Eight Dead in Xinjiang Clash

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:50 -- Anonymous (not verified)
Chinese Soldiers. Photo: CNN

BEIJING—Police shot and killed eight suspected assailants and arrested another person Monday in a clash outside a police station in the restive western region of Xinjiang, state media said. A brief report posted on the Xinjiang government's news website said the assailants, armed with machetes, attacked the police station in far western Yarkand county, throwing an explosive device that set fire to a police vehicle. The report's headline called the clash "a violent terrorist attack" but didn't provide further details about the suspects.

WUC alarmed by the killing of Uyghurs in Yarkant

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:00 -- Anonymous (not verified)
Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

“I am absolutely devastated by yesterday’s incident, which is yet another among countless recent incidents that proves the Chinese authorities’ total disregard for human life. This incident testifies to a recent trend of state-sponsored violence used to quell Uyghur dissent, whereby authorities ignore due process of the law, shoot and kill Uyghurs, label them terrorists, and then use counter-terrorism to justify the unlawful killings,” said WUC president and prominent Uyghur human rights activist, Mrs. Rebiya Kadeer.

Uyghur Activist ‘Very Weak’ in Prison, Denied Family Visits

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 21:15 -- Anonymous (not verified)
Abduweli Ayup (R) with his wife and daughter while studying in the U.S. in 2010. Photo courtesy of the family via RFA

A Uyghur blogger and activist is “seriously ill” in prison in China’s troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang following his detention four months ago, according to concerned family members who have been barred by the authorities from meeting with him.The Chinese authorities have also refused to inform the family of the whereabouts of Abduweli Ayup, a 39-year-old active promoter of the Uyghur language, since he was arrested in August for allegedly illegally collecting donations to run Uyghur schools in Xinjiang.

The Uyghur Human Rights Project commemorates Human Rights Day

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 12:31 -- Anonymous (not verified)
Photo: Andy Worthington

UHRP urges Chinese President Xi Jinping to embrace the universal human rights embodied in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to respect the right of the Uyghur people to “freedom, justice and peace.” The annual December 10 commemoration of the adoption of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 is a reminder of the indivisibility of human rights and of government obligations to meet international human rights standards.

China’s Uyghur question as a strategic pit

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:10 -- Anonymous (not verified)

The recent Tiananmen incident that led to the death of five people once again revived the debate on the Xinjiang/Uyghur question. The Uyghur issue not only exposes deficiencies in human rights and fundamental liberties in China but also appears as a hurdle for China’s two most pronounced strategic imperatives, namely “building a harmonious society” and the “peaceful rise of China.” PRC’s reaction to the recent incident and its pattern of handling crises of ethnic tension are increasingly dragging China into a strategic pit, which gets deeper with every instance of ethnic violence related to Tibet or Xinjiang. Beijing’s reluctance to acknowledge the root causes of minority discontent leads the PRC to “resolve problems in its own way” by using force, instilling fear in society, marginalizing minorities, and radicalizing dissent groups.

Uyghur Scholar Takes Aim at College Graduation Ban

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 14:18 -- Anonymous (not verified)
AFP

A top ethnic minority Uyghur scholar and activist has hit out at moves to ban college students in China's troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang from graduating unless they pass a test of political views, saying that the policy is "dangerous" and "ridiculous." "The Xinjiang authorities are in the process of doing something very dangerous," Uyghur university professor Ilham Tohti, a vocal critic of China’s policies toward ethnic minority Uyghurs, said in response to official media reports from a regional education conference.

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