The Right Response to the Atrocity in Kunming: China’s repression of Uighurs—no free speech, no freedom of religion—breeds instability

The Wall Street Journal, 9 March 2014

The stabbing attack that killed 29 innocent people at the train station in Kunming, China on March 1—which Chinese authorities attribute to Uighur separatists—was an atrocity. I offer my deepest sympathies to the families of the victims.

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Minister Kenney Meets with Rebiya Kadeer of the World Uyghur Congress

Uyghur Canadian Society, 8 March 2014



This week I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet again with my friend Rebiya Kadeer, President of World Uyghur Congress, champion of the rights of this oppressed Muslim minority community. As you may know, Rebiya was imprisoned in China for advocating for respect for the basic rights of the Uyghur people. Upon her release to the United States, she courageously took up the leadership of the World Uyghur Congress, and two of her sons were subsequently arrested and imprisoned.

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China, Uyghurs may have lost middle way in mounting ethnic tensions

Al Jazeera, 4 March 2014

After Kunming attack escalated Uyghur-Han tensions, human rights lawyer says renowned advocate’s chances are grim. Hopes are fading over the plight of a jailed Uyghur rights activist — and for a middle-way solution to escalating ethnic tensions with China’s majority ethnic Han that he represents — with the imprisoned activist’s lawyer saying Tuesday that he fears his client may face the death penalty.

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‘Policies in Xinjiang brutal, cause trauma among Uyghurs’

Hindustan Times, 4 February 2014

The Chinese government should immediately reverse its provocative and discriminatory policies in Xinjiang, a Germany-based Uyghur exiled group has said, adding that such policies were leading to rampant psychological trauma among the Muslim Uyghur community linked to Kunming attacks.

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Uighur Group Slams China’s Charges Against Intellectuals

VoA News, 27 February 2014

An exiled Uighur group says the criminal charges against a prominent intellectual are “completely unacceptable” and meant to discourage others from defending the ethnic minority group.

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UNPO Celebrates International Mother Tongue Day

UNPO, 24 February 2014

On February 21 2014, Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organization (UNPO) marked the 15th Anniversary of UNESCO’s International Mother Tongue Day by convening, in cooperation with the World Uyghur Congress, PEN Uyghur Center, and French PEN, a conference on minority mother tongue protection; a critical question for many of UNPO’s members.

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China kills Xinjiang ‘attackers’ in Wushi

BBC News, 14 February 2014

Chinese authorities have shot dead eight people trying to attack police officers in Xinjiang, officials say. Three more were killed by their own explosive devices when they attacked a patrol near a park in the county of Wushi, Xinhua news agency said.

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Police kill 8 people in attack in western China

The Washington Post, 14 February 2014

EIJING — Chinese security forces on Friday fatally shot eight people who attacked police with machetes and drove cars that carried gas cylinders they detonated as bombs in the restive western Xinjiang region, state media said.

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