Uighurs need US help

The Hill, 30 December 2014

By Sibel Shinaishin – The recent report by Voice of America of Uighur refugees stranded in Thailand, who are being offered asylum by Turkey, which in turn is aggressively rebuked by China, which demands all 200 Uighurs to be sent to China for prosecution, brings forward several significant questions regarding the refugee crisis, the status of Uighurs and the future of China as a new superpower.

The 200 Uighurs who have come to international attention in the last few days are part of the growing Uighur refugee problem in Southeast Asia, which greatly accelerated after the Urumqi ethnic riots that took place in July 2009. In different countries in Central and Southeast Asia there are an increasing number of instances of Uighur refugees caught and face the threat of being returned to China where they will certainly face criminal charges and mistreatment.

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Not in our interests

The Bangkok Post, 30 December 2014

Bangkok PostPrime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was enthusiastic about China after his recent, brief trip to the Middle Kingdom. He felt China offers lessons to the world, and can serve as a model. He isn’t wrong. There are plenty of admirable traits about both Chinese culture and the Chinese government’s drive to excel. There is one field, however, in which China serves more as a bad example than a model, and on which the prime minister is wrong to ally Thailand with China.

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Respecting diversity

Global Times, 29 December 2014

A Uyghur family walks through the old section of Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on May 30, 2014. Photo: Cui Meng/GT.

A Uyghur family walks through the old section of Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on May 30, 2014. Photo: Cui Meng/GT.

By Bai Tiantian – I landed in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in early May, shortly after a bombing at an Urumqi train station.

I was on assignment to report the terror attack, the motive behind it and the aftershock felt by the community.

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Turkey’s diplomatic steps save lives of Uyghur refugees in Thailand

Daily Sabah, 28 December 2014

Daily Sabah Politics – Thanks to diplomatic actions taken by Turkey and the United Nations, some 300 Uyghur refugees in Thailand will not be sent to China, from where they had escaped and face death if they return. Seyit Tümtürk, the vice president of the World Uyghur Congress, visited the captured refugees during his visit to Thailand. He told media that Turkey had taken the necessary steps to bring nearly 300 Uyghurs to Turkey, who were found at a human smuggling camp in Thailand a few months ago.

Stating that the Turkish embassy officials in Thailand are closely following the case, Tümtürk said China’s pressure prevents the Thai government from sending Turkic Uyghurs to Turkey. He also expressed his concerns regarding the democratic gap caused by the military coup ruling in Thailand and said the current administration might send refugees back to China.

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The Elusive Chinese Dream

New York Times, 27 December 2014

edwasserstromart-articleLarge-v3By Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom – In 1989, Chinese cities were rocked by huge protests, most notably the Tiananmen Square crackdown, while in Europe, the Berlin Wall fell and talk of a global Marxist-Leninist extinction began. Many observers, both in China and abroad, assumed that the Chinese Communist Party was on its last legs.

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Detained ‘Religious Extremists’ Mostly Uyghur Women And Children

RFA, 25 December 2014

imageRFA Uyghur Service – Nearly all the members of a group of people detained by authorities in southwestern China near the border with Vietnam over the weekend are ethnic Uyghur women and children from China’s restive Xinjiang region, a source said Thursday.

According to state media, police in China’s Guangxi province on Sunday shot dead one person and detained 21 other “religious extremists” seeking to cross into neighboring Vietnam.

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China detains Uighurs ‘fleeing to Vietnam’

Al Jazeera, 24 December 2014

201412961735918734_20Al Jazeera Asia-Pacific – Chinese police in the southwestern province of Guangxi have shot dead one ethnic Uighur and detained a group of others who were trying to cross the border to neighbouring Vietnam.

The World Uighur Congress (WUC), an activist group in exile, told Al Jazeera on Wednesday that 43 Uighurs, including 19 children, were arrested on Sunday night amid a crackdown on members of the Muslim minority group who have increasingly sought better lives abroad.

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Chinese Police Kill ‘Religious Extremist’

New York Times, 24 December 2014

New York Times Asia-Pacific – Chinese police in the southwestern province of Guangxi stopped a group of “religious extremists” from illegally crossing into neighboring Vietnam after shooting one person dead and detaining 21 others, local authorities said.

The statement Tuesday on the official website for the city of Chongzuo did not identify the religion, but Chinese authorities usually blame religious extremism for violence involving members of the Muslim ethnic minority of Uighurs in the country’s far west region of Xinjiang.

Beijing also warns that religious extremists have been seeking to leave China to train with militant groups.

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