Xinjiang Bans Separatist Talk: China’s restive northwest gets a new law

Originally Published by RFA, 4 January 2010

HONG KONG—Legislators in China’s troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have passed a new “ethnic unity” law banning pro-independence speech and writings, following last year’s deadly ethnic violence between minority Uyghurs and Han Chinese.

The “Law on Education for Ethnic Unity in Xinjiang” was voted into law by regional legislators last week, and will take effect from Feb. 1.

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Turkey’s IHH invites Uighurs’ Rebia Kadeer, Dalai Lama for March event

Originally Published by World Bulletin, 2 January 2010

Turkey is preparing an important international human rights organization in March, a Turkish newspaper said.

Rebiya Kadeer, leader of the world Uyghur Congress in exile, and Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet were invited to “International Human Rights Symposium” to be organized in Istanbul on March 21 by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, Yenisafak said.

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‘Disturbing’ Uyghur deportations reflect China’s growing clout

Originally Published by  Democracy Digest, 22 December 2009

Uyghur asylum-seekers compulsorily repatriated from Cambodia last weekend had warned the U.N. refugee agency they feared long jail sentences or even the death penalty if deported to China, Associated Press reports.

The agency quotes a 29-year-old from Kashgar who had filmed the events of July 5 in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi:

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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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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 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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Beijing sends note on Uighurs

Originally Published by: Phnom Penh Post, 15 December 2009

Chinese authorities have sent a diplomatic note to the Cambodian government regarding 22 Uighur asylum seekers who arrived here from China last month, Foreign Ministry officials confirmed Monday, raising fresh concerns among rights groups that Beijing is seeking their deportation.

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