PRESS RELEASE: WUC Deeply Saddened by the Death of Uyghur Religious Leader, Muhammad Salih Hajim, in Chinese Custody

Press Release – For immediate release
29 January 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

The WUC is deeply saddened by the news of Muhammad Salih Hajim’s death this week in a Chinese ‘re-education’ camp. Muhammad Salih Hajim had reportedly been arrested 40 days ago for peacefully practicing his religion and detained in a Chinese ‘re-education’ camp. The WUC has been informed that he was subjected to torture and other forms of ill-treatment during his imprisonment, which may have contributed his death.

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Remembering the Ghulja Incident: 20th Anniversary of ‘Uyghur Tiananmen’ Passes With Little Notice

The Diplomat, 1 March 2017


By Peter Irwin — February 5, 1997, remains one of the most unforgettable days of commemoration for the Uyghur people. This year, the 20th anniversary of violently suppressed demonstrations in Ghulja, Xinjiang, reminds us of the raw and unimaginable power of the Chinese government.

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China Says Executes ‘Very Small Number’ of Criminals

The New York Times, 12 September 2016


Associated Press — China says it intends for the death penalty to be used only on “a very small number of extremely serious criminal offenders.” In a report published Monday, China’s government says authorities “strictly control the death penalty and employ it with prudence.”

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