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Reflections on Chinese Policy in Xinjiang - Uighur Autonomous Region
An eyewitness account of 5 July 2009 and the aftermath, By R.A

Eyewitness to 5 July, 2009
Reflections on Chinese Policy in Xinjiang
By “R.A.” First published in Great Britain in 2011
by Islamic Human Rights Commission
PO Box 598, Wembley, HA9 7XH
© 2011 Islamic Human Rights Commission
World Uyghur Congress (WUC) Troubled by Witness Accounts on Hotan IncidentPress release – For immediate release
19 July 2011

Contact: World Uyghur Congress
Tel. 0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or e-mail

Based on several witness accounts, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has serious doubts about the official version of the incident in Hotan, East Turkestan. While the WUC unequivocally condemns all acts of violence, it urges the international community to view Chinese state media reports on the incident with extreme skepticism and caution since similar events in the past have proven that the Chinese government is systematically spreading false information and suppressing any information that contradicts its official narrative.
Clash in China's Xinjiang killed 20: exile group

Twenty protesters from China's minority Uighur community were killed in a clash with police in the ethnically tense northwestern region of Xinjiang, a Uighur exile group said Tuesday.
State media quoted an official in the region calling Monday's clash a "terrorist" attack and said four people including a police officer were killed when a crowd set upon a police station in the remote city of Hotan.
But Uighur activists called it an outburst of anger by ordinary members of the mainly Muslim ethnic minority, and accused authorities of attempting to block information on the deadly incident.
The Germany-based World Uyghur Congress, citing sources in Xinjiang, said security forces beat 14 people to death and shot dead six others during the unrest.
"The Chinese authorities should immediately cease their systematic oppression to prevent a further escalation of the situation," said Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the group.
Chinese Police 'Gun Down' Xinjiang Demonstrators in Clash

-- Police gunned down rioters in northwestern China's Xinjiang region yesterday, with the official state media and an organization representing the Uighur ethnic group giving conflicting accounts of the incident.
China's official Xinhua News Agency, citing unidentified people at the Ministry of Public Security, said rioters rushed a police station in the city of Hotan at about 12 p.m. yesterday, taking hostages and setting the building on fire. One member of the armed police, a security officer and two hostages were killed, one security officer was severely injured and police "gunned down several rioters," the news service said.
Torontoda Uyghur mesilisi: Xiristan we yehudi dinidikilerning wekilliri Uyghurlar bilen jem boldi

Kanada Uyghur Jemiyiti teshviqat bolumi teyyarlidi
5- iyul küni kechte, Toronto sheheridiki “Catch The fire” chérkowida,kanadaliq siyasetchiler, kishilik hoquq paaliyetchiliri we xiristiyan hem yehudi dinliri wekillirining qatnishishi bilen uyghurlarni qollash we ularning heqqaniy dawasigha medet bérish paaliyiti ötküzüldi.Bu paaliyet Kanada Uyghur jemiyiti bilen “Erkin bir Dunya”jemiyitining(One Free World International Canada) hemkarliqida uyushturulghan bolup,bu paaliyette, Xitay mustebitlirining hökümranliq astida uyghurlarning tartiwatqan zulumlirini,bolupmu 5-iyul Ürümchidiki hökümetke qarshi tenchliq namayishi we uningdin keyin hazirghiche dawamlishiwatqan.....
Chinese Security Efforts Questioned Two Years After East Turkistan (Xinjiang) Riots

Chinese state media are questioning whether security forces have gone too far in cracking down ondissidents in western Xinjiang province two years after deadly riots that killed nearly 200 people.

In an article marking the anniversary of the riots Tuesday, the Communist Party-controlled Global Times newspaper quotes a law professor saying the region is "over-emphasizing stability preservation" and could be fueling increased tensions.

The article says life has largely returned to normal in Urumqi, the provincial capital. But it notes authorities have doubled the region's security budget and installed about 40,000 security cameras.
Christian, Muslim and Jewish Leaders Uniting in Toronto July 5th for Interfaith Human Rights Event in Support of Persecuted Uyghur Community

On July 5, 2011, One Free World International will host an interfaith event in Toronto to raise awareness and support for the persecuted Uyghur community. Speakers will include members of the Canadian Parliament, leaders from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities, and a keynote address by Rev. Majed El Shafie. The event will take place from 7:00 pm-9:00 p.m. at Catch The Fire Church (formerly Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship), located at 272 Attwell Drive in Etobicoke.

"Our main goal is to bring awareness to the situation in East Turkistan and the plight of the Uyghurs living under Chinese colonial rule," says keynote speaker and One Free World International founder Rev. Majed El Shafie. "We will also promote and bring attention to the urgent needs of the Uyghur refugees."
Kazakhstan deports Uighur to China, rights groups cry foul

People attend a rally to protest against the sale of Kazakh national resources to China in Almaty, May 28, 2011
ALMATY, June 7 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan has extradited an ethnic Uighur schoolteacher who had been granted UN refugee status to face charges of terrorism in China, a diplomat said on Tuesday, drawing condemnation from rights groups who said the case was politically motivated.
Using the internet in the People's Republic of China

China makes no secret of its desire, and ability, to control internet access, but even at a glance it's clear that the Great Firewall Of China leaks like the proverbial sieve.

We had the chance to try our hand at breaching that wall on a recent trip to visit Huawei in Shenzhen. Our hosts kindly supplied us with China Mobile SIMs for data access so we could see the internet as the Chinese see it, and we managed to test out wi-fi connectivity at a local hotel with similar results - only the hotel wi-fi didn't kick us off entirely for asking the wrong questions.
China to address pollution, disasters, relocation problems in Three Gorges region

SHANGHAI — China has admitted that its showcase Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project, has caused a slew of urgent environmental, geologic and economic problems.

The State Council, or Cabinet, made the rare admission in a statement late Wednesday that said the $23 billion project was successful but requires action to curb pollution, counter risks of natural disasters and improve the living standards of the 1.4 million people who were forced to relocate.
Travel Ban Extends to Family

Chinese authorities increase restrictions on a Uyghur economist to include his wife and children. Chinese authorities have extended a travel ban on an outspoken Uyghur professor to include members of his family and have stepped up surveillance on the man’s Beijing home since the New Year.
Ilham Tohti, an economist at Beijing’s Central Nationalities University, said he had been approached by Public Security Bureau police before the new year and handed a document which said that no one, including his wife and children, would be allowed to leave the capital.
Uyghurs Held in Tajikistan

Three Uyghur businessmen may face extradition to China.
Three Uyghur businessmen with Turkish citizenship have been detained by authorities in Tajikistan, sparking fears that the men may have been held due to pressure from China, according to Uyghur groups.
They claimed that on Jan. 8, security forces in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe first picked up Ablimit Dawatoglu, whose brother was executed years ago by authorities in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Uyghur Student Sentenced to Death
 01 January 2011

A female Uyghur student in northwestern China was sentenced to death with a two-year suspension following a trial last April on charges of participating in ethnic riots that left hundreds dead, according to a classmate.
Pezilet Ekber became the second Uyghur woman to receive the death penalty in connection to the unrest. Another woman was executed by Chinese authorities earlier this year.
“Nobody knows what exactly led to Pezilet Ekber receiving such a heavy punishment, other than her ‘involvement in violence,’ because the trial was secret and her parents were only just informed of the decision,” her classmate, who asked to remain anonymous, wrote in a letter.
Uyghur Journalist Handed Life Term
21 December 2010

A Uyghur journalist working for an official Chinese radio service has been sentenced to life in prison following a secret trial conducted earlier this year, according to a letter sent by a friend to Radio Free Asia.
Memetjan Abdulla, an editor for the Uyghur service of China National Radio, was sentenced in April in a closed trial in Urumqi, capital of China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, the letter said.
Authorities had charged Abdulla with helping to instigate deadly ethnic rioting in Urumqi in July 2009 following Uyghur protests at the beating deaths of Uyghur factory workers in the eastern Chinese city of Shaoguan.
Twenty Uyghurs deported from Cambodia still missing after one year
16 December 2010

A year has passed since 20 Uyghur asylum seekers were deported from Cambodia on a Chinese plane under cover of darkness, and despite Chinese promises to the contrary, no information has been made public about their fates. The Uyghur American Association (UAA) calls upon the Chinese government to provide information about the 20 Uyghurs’ whereabouts, conditions, and legal statuses, and to ensure their safety and well-being. UAA also calls upon the international community to continue to express concern about their situation and insist that they be treated according to international human rights standards. UAA fears that they have likely faced severe persecution, including possible imprisonment, torture, and execution.
Vanhanen: China Did Not Warn PM about Uighur Detainees
03 December 2010

Former Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen said Tuesday that he was not cautioned by Chinese officials against accepting Uighur detainees from Guantanamo Bay for resettlement in Finland. Supposedly, a U.S. diplomatic cable published by the New York Times indicates American diplomats believed this was the case.
Cables reveal difficulty of relocating some Guantanamo detainees
03 December 2010

China obstructed efforts to move 17 Chinese Muslim Uyghurs
Germany considered taking seven but was warned "a heavy burden" could follow
The 17 ended up in Palau, Bermuda, Albania, and Switzerland

The relocation of 17 Chinese Muslim Uyghurs detained at Guantanamo Bay was a thorny issue for the United States, according to cables released by the website WikiLeaks.
Attempts to find new homes for the 17 detainees was met with resistance because of fear of retribution from China.
At one point, Germany considered accepting seven of the Uyghurs. But the government was "subsequently warned by China of 'a heavy burden on bilateral relations'" between Germany and China if the Germans accepted the detainees.
Explosion in China's restive Xinjiang kills seven
19 August 2010

BEIJING (AFP) – Seven people were killed Thursday when a man drove a vehicle loaded with explosives into a crowd and it blew up in China's Xinjiang region, the scene of deadly ethnic unrest last year, an official said.

Police detained the injured suspect -- a member of Xinjiang's Uighur minority -- at the site of the blast in the outskirts of Aksu, a city near the border with Kyrgyzstan, regional government spokeswoman Hou Hanmin told AFP.
China sets prison terms for 3 Uighur Web managers
02 August 2010

Three Uighur-language website managers were sentenced Friday to prison terms of three to 10 years after being found guilty under broad charges of “endangering state security.” The men had been jailed after ethnic rioting in July 2009 in Urumqi, capital of the far-western, predominantly Muslim, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
Nijat Azat, who managed the website Shabnam, was sentenced to a 10-year prison term; Dilixiati Paerhati, whose ran the website Diyarim, was given a five-year term; and the webmaster of Salkin, who goes by the single name Nureli, was sentenced to three years.
World Uyghur Congress Condemns 15-year Sentence Handed Down to Uyghur Journalist and Website Editor Gheyret Niyaz
23 July 2010

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns in strongest possible terms the 15-year sentence handed down to prominent Uyghur journalist Gheyret Niyaz by a court in East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China) on July 23, 2010. After a one-day trial, the court convicted and sentenced Mr. Niyaz to 15 years in prison on charges of “endangering state security” for giving interviews to media about the aspects of Uyghurs’ situation that he perceived to be the root causes of the July 2009 ethnic unrest in Urumchi (the regional capital) and for peacefully exercising his freedom of speech in other ways with regard to problems faced by the Uyghur people.
Uyghur journalist and webmaster Gheyret Niyaz sentenced to 15 years
23 July 2010

According to media reports, Uyghur journalist and webmaster Gheyret Niyaz was sentenced to 15 years in prison today (July 23) for endangering state security by speaking to foreign journalists. Niyaz reportedly informed government officials about plans for demonstrations that had been posted on websites prior to unrest that occurred on July 5, 2009 in Urumchi, the regional capital of East Turkestan, and later criticized the government’s handling of the unrest. The Uyghur American Association (UAA) believes the harsh sentence represents the Chinese government’s policy of no tolerance for any type of Uyghur dissent, as well as the government’s campaign to tightly control the flow of information and stem public criticism of official policy.
East Turkestan: Pakistan Uyghurs in Hiding
07 April 2010 

Two prominent members of the exiled Turkic-speaking Uyghur community in Pakistan , many of whom oppose Chinese rule in their homeland, are on the run from the authorities following police raids on their homes.
Below an article published by Radio Free Asia :
Omer and Akbar Khan, who co-founded a charity to teach Pakistani Uyghurs their own language in the northern city of Rawalpindi, said they had fled from police after neighbors told them their close relatives had been detained for several hours.
Chinese Yahoo Attack Targets Journalists, Activists
Mar. 31, 2010

Cyber hackers have targeted the Yahoo (NSDQ:YHOO) e-mail accounts of journalists and activists who have previously written about or been outspoken about China with a malicious attack this week, following Google (NSDQ:GOOG)'s announcement to move its search office out of the mainland.
Specifically, several journalists in both China and Taiwan said that they were unable to access their Yahoo accounts, in what appeared to be an orchestrated assault starting March 25.
Yahoo e-mail service seemed to be restored Wednesday after a five-day outage.
Altogether, those targeted in the Yahoo e-mail attack included a U.S. law professor, an analyst who had written about China's security and several print journalists based in Beijing and Taipei, The New York Times reported.
China protests over Uighur transfer
2010 03 25

The men were among 17 Uighurs held at the Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba

The transfer of two ethnic Uighurs from the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay to Switzerland has triggered an angry reaction from China.

The two men, who are brothers, were recently resettled in Switzerland after spending eight years in the Guantanamo camp, the US justice department announced on Wednesday.
Cambodia deports Uighurs to China
19 December 2009

At least 20 Uighurs who fled China after deadly ethnic violence earlier this year have been deported from Cambodia, a government official has said.

Khieu Sopheak, a Cambodian interior ministry spokesman, said the group had been put on a plane, sent from China, that left Phnom Penh International Airport at about 9pm (14:00 GMT) on Saturday.
Media Report Xinjiang and Tehran Uprisings Differently Chinese regime succeeds in suppressing information
10 November 2009

The June uprising in Iran and the July Uyghur uprising in Xinjiang, western China, featured a number of striking similarities. In both cases, an unelected, undemocratic government brutally suppressed demonstrators addressing legitimate grievances, killing dozens of unarmed civilians in the process. Now, some months later, the cases are coming to the same appalling conclusion: Tehran and Beijing are carrying out executions of those accused of organizing the demonstrations.
China executes 9 Uighurs over July ethnic riots
09 November 2009

BEIJING — Nine Uighurs have been executed for taking part in ethnic rioting that left nearly 200 people dead in July, the first suspects put to death in the unrest, Chinese state media reported Monday.
The nine were put to death recently after a final review of the verdicts by the Supreme People's Court as required by law, the official China News Service said, but gave no specific date or other details.
China Extends Dragnet in Xinjiang Region
November 3, 2009

BEIJING — Four months after ethnic rioting in western China’s Xinjiang region killed nearly 200 people, security officials there have started a fresh dragnet to track down accused rioters and other so-called terrorist elements, a state-run regional newspaper reported Tuesday.
"We Are Afraid to Even Look for Them"
Enforced Disappearances in the Wake of Xinjiang’s Protests

This 44-page report by Human Rights Watch documents the widespread campaign of unlawful arrests carried out by Chinese security forces in the Uyghur areas of Urumchi in the wake of July 5. The “enforced disappearances” of Uyghur men and teenagers in Urumchi occurred as a result of large-scale sweep operations as well as targeted raids. While Human Rights Watch was able to secretly document the cases of 43 "enforced disappearances", the total number of unlawfully arrested Uyghurs is likely much higher.
China's Xinjiang 'isolated' by email, phone blocks
23 October 2009

BEIJING — Residents in China's restive Xinjiang region remain isolated from the outside world with long-lasting Internet and phone cuts that have prompted some businesses to relocate, locals said Saturday.
Emails are still blocked nearly four months after deadly ethnic unrest erupted in the regional capital Urumqi, as are text messages and international phone calls, residents told AFP.
"Our business has been seriously affected, and we have had to set up an office in Lanzhou (capital of neighbouring Gansu province)," said the head of an Urumqi-based firm, who asked to remain anonymous.
East Turkistan (Xinjiang) authorities ban online separatist talk: State media
Taiwan opposition to show Tibet, Xinjiang films
Two Uighur men at risk of torture
China lays first charges over Xinjiang riots
Uighur Dilemma
South Korea releases Secretary General of the World Uighur Congress
Response to Dolkun Isa's Arrest in South Korea
South Korea holding, General Secretary of World Uyghur Congress at airport
East Turkistan (Xinjiang)  needle jab attacks not toxic: report
Genocide in East Turkistan
East Turkistan (Xinjiang) on Pins and Needles
China unrest: Appeal for help
Turkey eyes new investments opportunities in Uighur region
Canadian foreign policy fails its citizens
Taiwan festival to show film of exiled Uighur leader
Chinese break up 'needle' riots
Turkish Minister urges for China apology after harassment at airport
The OIC Mission To China Returns To Jeddah
OIC High level delegation visits Beijing
OIC delegation to visit China to observe first-hand Muslim Uyghur's conditions in Xinjiang province
OIC Member States’ Representatives Meet in Jeddah to be Briefed on the Secretary General’s Efforts Regarding Events in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China
Unrest in East Turkestan: What China is Not Telling the Media
World Media Follow Beijing's Lead in Xinjiang Reporting
Turkish leader calls East Turkistan (Xinjiang) killings "genocide"
OIC Chief urges China to provide protection for civilians in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
United China?
China unrest :
Tension In China
OIC Secretary General expresses deep concern over recent incident in Xinjiang Uygur
The World Uyghur Congress appeals to the people and governments in the free world as well as human rights organizations around the world to take urgent action to stop the ethnic massacre in East Turkistan!
Statement of Rebiya Kadeer at July 6 press conference on unrest in Urumchi
Canadians protest China’s attacks on ethnic Uyghurs.
Seven Muslim University Students Detained by Police; Two Still in Custody
No Direction Home -- One Uyghur 's (Uighur) Journey From East Turkistan to Palau, via Gitmo
United States Resettles Four Uyghur (Uighur) Detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Bermuda
(Swedish citizen Uyghur) 'Refugee spy' remanded into custody
Uyghurs sold out in the US
Third General Assembly of the World Uyghur Congress held in Washington, DC 
Dragon Fighter: One Woman's Epic Struggle for Peace with China
Albania: Getting Out of Gitmo
Dalai Lama says 'no hope' for talks with China: spokesman
Celil allowed to meet with mother, sister
US Court of Appeals blocks release of Guantánamo Uighurs as government resorts to ‘scare tactics’
China: Uighur writer detained
2 Chinese Policemen Killed, 7 Wounded in Xinjiang
Two police die in Xinjiang clash
US disappointed Olympics didn't open China more
Uyghurs stand up to China over East Turkistan
Few answers in violence-hit Xinjiang
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