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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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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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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China’s Forgotten Minority

Originally published by: The Huffington Post / December 10, 2009

When most people think of a people suppressed by the Chinese government, the first thing that springs to mind is Tibet, largely in part to its iconic and charismatic leader, the Dalai Lama.

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Uyghurs Missing in Vietnam

Originally published by: RFA – 2009-12-10

Two ethnic Uyghurs are unaccounted for after fleeing China through Vietnam.

PHNOM PENH—Ethnic minority Uyghurs from northwestern China, seeking asylum in Cambodia, say two would-be refugees in their group remain missing since they were detained by Vietnamese border authorities in early October.

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Originally published by: Reuters / Tue Dec 8, 2009 2:02pm IST

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday it was investigating an apparent asylum request lodged with the the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees by a group of Uighurs in Cambodia.

Two of the 22 Uighurs who sought asylum through the UNHCR offices in Phnom Penh say they witnessed security forces killing and beating Uighur demonstrators in the far western Chinese city of Urumqi on July 5, the Uighur American Association said.

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Uyghur Church Leader Sentenced to 15 Years Criminal Detention

Originally published by: Christian New Wire / Dec 07, 2009

XINJIANG, China, Dec. 7 /Christian Newswire/ — In a stunning development for lawyers and family members, ChinaAid learned today that 36-year-old house church leader Alimujiang Yimiti received 15 years criminal detention for allegedly “providing state secrets to overseas organizations,” on October 28th. Mr. Li Dunyong, one of the Alimujiang’s lawyers, confirmed that he has already filed an appeal on Mr. Alimujiang’s behalf.

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Originally published by: Daily Mail / Last updated on 06th December 2009

By Peter Hitchens In Kashgar, China

In the eye of the storm: Peter Hitchens outside the Id Kah Mosque in the centre of Kashgar

The streets of Old Kashgar were running with blood on the day I arrived, with slaughter on every street corner.

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