International Conference – 50 Years After Test 596: China’s Nuclear Programme in East Turkestan and Its Impact Today

WUC, 29 February 2012

When an official delegation of MEPs will visit China in 2012, they will “insist on finding facts and new information about…East Turkestan and Tibet.”  This was the pledge made by László Tökés MEP during the conference, “50 Years After Test 596: China’s Nuclear Programme In East Turkestan And Its Impacts Today” where he emphasised “the moral dimension of this meeting – because on behalf of the united Europe it is a total immorality if it ignores the destiny of East Turkestan, of peoples…which have to suffer such an oppression as the Uyghurs have to suffer”.

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Nurmuhemmet Yasin

English PEN, 29 February 2012

Nurmuhemmet Yasin was arrested in Kashgar on 29 November 2004, shortly after the publication of his short story Wild Pigeon (‘Yawa Kepter’) in the bi-monthly Uighur-language Kashgar Literature Journal. Upon arrest, the authorities confiscated Yasin’s personal computer, which contained poems, commentaries, stories, and one unfinished novel. The editor of the Kashgar Literature Journal, Korash Huseyin, was also arrested.

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The Politics of Representing ‘Uyghur,’ a socio-historical sketch

michaelcaster, 29 February 2012

At 6pm on Tuesday, the 28th of February violence erupted in the desert town of Kargilik, between Kashgar and Hotan, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China. Armed with knives or axes (depending on the report), whether desperate or deranged, several men unleashed a short spree of bloodletting. The violence resulted in between 12 and 20 dead. The Washington Post, noting 12 deaths, reported,

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Immigration Tensions Led to Attack

RFA, 29 February 2012

Anger over fewer opportunities may have driven Uyghurs to go on a killing spree.

Violence in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region which left some 20 people dead this week may have been fueled by a mass migration of Han Chinese to a largely Uyghur county, stoking ethnic tensions amongst the area’s unemployed youth, according to residents.

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Legalizing the Tools of Repression: Are China’s police hamstrung by a lack of power to detain national-security suspects?

International Herald Tribune, 29 February 2012

What looks like an odd question to outsiders, given the notoriously elastic scope of what constitutes national security under China’s one-party system, has actually been the focus of one of the most intense behind-the-scenes political battles ahead of the leadership transition next October from President Hu Jintao to his likely successor, Xi Jinping.

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Riots in China’s Xinjiang ‘kill at least 12’

AFP, 28 February 2012

BEIJING — Riots in the volatile Chinese region of Xinjiang left at least 12 people dead Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua reported, in the latest unrest to rock the country’s remote northwest.

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Turkey and China: Ancient Connections, Modern Allies

International Business Times, 28 February 2012
By Palash R. Ghosh

Two of the world’s most ancient and grand civilizations are now also among the fastest-growing economies on the modern stage.

They are also extending their bilateral trade relations, reflecting their growing dominance in global financial affairs.

Turkey and China may seem like vastly different nations, but they actually have ancient links and some cultural commonalities.

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Deaths reported in Kargilik, as tensions mount in the region

For immediate release
February 28, 2012, 7:00 pm EST
Contact: Uyghur American Association Tel: (202) 478 1920

The reported deaths of residents of Kargilik (Chinese: Yecheng) in Kashgar Prefecture on February 28 have taken place against a backdrop of a heavy Chinese security presence in the region, mass detentions and heightened restrictions on Uyghurs’ religious practices. The Uyghur American Association (UAA) calls upon the international community to view official Chinese statements about the reported deaths with extreme caution until independent observers are allowed to investigate the incident.

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