Press Release – For immediate release
29 December 2011
Contact: World Uyghur Congress (WUC) www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
According to the state-controlled Xinhua news agency, on 28 December 2011 seven Uyghurs were shot dead in an alleged hostage rescue in Guma (Chinese: Pishan) county, Hotan Prefecture, East Turkestan, and four others were wounded and arrested. The Chinese authorities claimed a group of “violent terrorists” were responsible for the kidnapping of two people and immediately linked the kidnapping – in typical fashion – to “a surge in religious extremism.” So far, there have not been any independent witness accounts of the incident, and the WUC therefore calls on the international community to view the official account with caution.
“This incident shows that Chinese government’s policy of arbitrary killing Uyghurs continues,” said WUC president Rebiya Kadeer on Thursday. “As in the past, Chinese security forces killed the alleged perpetrators and then announced that they were “terrorists”. These kinds of incidents happen all the time. We call on the international community to view the Chinese government’s account of the incident with caution. We call on the U.S., United Nations and European Union as well as the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to raise concern with Chinese officials over the arbitrary killings and the extreme repression being carried out in East Turkestan.”
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For immediate release
December 29, 2011, 4:15 pm EST
Contact: Uyghur American Association +1 (202) 478 1920
The Uyghur American Association (UAA) is extremely concerned about the reported killings of seven Uyghurs on December 28 in Guma (Chinese: Pishan) County, which took place amid an official “strike hard” campaign in East Turkestan. UAA strongly protests Chinese authorities’ use of terrorist claims to justify the killings of these Uyghurs.
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