Protest Over Deportations

Published by RFA, 21 December 2009

HONG KONG—China is defending its deportation of 20 ethnic minority Uyghurs who had fled to Cambodia in the wake of deadly ethnic rioting, as the United States voices “deep concern” over the move.

The ethnic Uyghurs sought asylum in Cambodia following deadly ethnic riots this summer in China’s far western region of Xinjiang. China says they are suspected criminals.

They were deported back to China on Saturday despite international protests and fears that they could face trial, torture, and execution in China.

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The Long Arm of China: Why were members of China’s Uighur minority group recently deported from Cambodia?

Published By The Wall Street Journal, 21 December 2009

 On Saturday night under cover of darkness, a special Chinese plane departed from the military section of the Phnom Penh airport carrying 20 Uighur asylum seekers. For this group of men, women and children, this was the end of their failed effort to seek freedom from the Chinese regime.

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Cambodia sends 20 Uighur asylum seekers back to China

Originally Published by BBC, 19 December 2009

The United Nations refugee agency strongly condemned the deportation, saying Cambodia had committed a grave breach of international refugee law.

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Uyghurs Facing Midnight Extradition

Published by UNPO, 18 December 2009

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UNPO is deeply concerned for the welfare of 20 Uyghurs as news emerges that they will be returned to China in the early hours of Saturday morning ahead of a visit to Phenh Penh by Chinese Vice-President, Xi Jinping.

wenty-two Uyghurs arrived in Cambodia in recent weeks and have claimed asylum on the basis that they face harsh treatment in China following accusations of an involvement in violent protests on July 5th earlier this year (2009).  The charges against them remain unknown.

The Chinese authorities have used the unrest as a smokescreen to increase the use of oppressive policies against the Uyghurs and unwarrantedly label them as criminals. Thousands of Uyghurs have been detained, regardless of their involvement in the demonstrations and ensuing turbulence and the human rights of imprisoned Uyghurs are harshly violated.

Over the past few months, news has surfaced of death sentences being imposed by Chinese authorities on at least 20 of the Uyghurs in custody, 9 of whom were executed in November 2009 to international condemnation (For example European Parliament Resolution Dated 26 November 2009). The trials have been shrouded in secrecy and have been carried out in a hasty fashion. Uyghurs were denied their right to a lawyer and no independent observers were permitted to the trials.

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CAMBODIA: Pressure grows over Uyghur asylum seekers

PHNOM PENH, 17 December 2009 (IRIN) – Cambodia is facing mounting pressure over the fate of 22 Uyghurs who fled China to avoid prosecution for their alleged involvement in violent protests earlier this year.

Aided by an underground network of Christian missionaries, the group covertly crossed China’s southern border into Vietnam and then Cambodia in recent weeks, according to the Uyghur American Association (UAA), a US-based advocacy group.

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Rebiya Kadeer Ends European Tour with a Productive Visit to the Netherlands

UNPO news / Tuesday, 15 December 2009

During a one-day visit to The Netherlands, Ms Kadeer discussed the Chinese suppression of the Uyghur people with human rights organizations, Dutch Members of Parliament, the press and academic experts.

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World Uyghur Congress reopened its Japanese language website

Published by WUC, 16.12.2009

World Uyghur Congress reopened its Japanese language website

World Uyghur Congress reopened its Japanese language website

Today, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) reopened its Japanese language website after several days of reconstruction.

With its new look and design, this new website provides Japanese viewers with more information on Uyghur people and the current issues in East Turkestan.

You can access it with the following link http://www.uyghurcongress.org/jp/index.php or simply click on the Japanese flag on the language column which can be found on the upper left corner of the website.

We welcome your visit and suggestions

Thank you for your interest

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Pensioner indicted over China spy scandal

Published by The Local, 15.12.2009

A 61-year-old pensioner has been indicted in Stockholm on charges of spying on behalf of the Chinese government. Charges filed by prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand accuse the Mandarin-speaking Swedish citizen of illegally gathering intelligence on people of Uighur origin living in Sweden.

Intelligence agency Säpo arrested the suspect on June 4th [2009] after a lengthy investigation and surveillance period for allegedly gathering information on Sweden’s 100-strong Uighur community.

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