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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Uyghur Pressed to Spy

Originally published by: RFA

2009-12-02

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Undated photo of Kamirdin Abdurahman. Photo: RFA

HONG KONG—Authorities in China’s troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang detained a Pakistani national and member of the Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority for “harming public order” before asking him to infiltrate Uyghur groups back in Pakistan, the man said in a recent interview.

Kamirdin Abdurahman, 41, a second-generation Uyghur Pakistani, had returned to Xinjiang for the first time since the regional capital Urumqi was rocked by ethnic violence in July.

“I have traveled to my homeland many times since the 1980s, but this time I was surprised, shocked, and scared by what I encountered,” he said.

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Coalition urges Prime Minister to put human rights on his agenda in China

Originally published by: CNW Group

OTTAWA, Dec. 1 /CNW/ – On the eve of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s first official visit to China, the Canadian Coalition on Human Rights in China strongly urges him to publicly push for improvement in China’s poor human rights record.

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The Uighurs, Central Asia and Turkey: Troubles across Turkestan

The Economist, 16 July 2009

THE plight of Turkey’s Kurdish minority has never been of compelling interest to ordinary Chinese people. But in the past few days internet forums in China have been clamouring their support for Kurdish separatists. As Chinese security forces reimpose order after a bloody spasm of ethnic unrest in Xinjiang, Turkey is finding itself in the line of fire.

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