WUC Condemns Latest Death Sentences of Four Uyghurs in Connection with Hotan and Kashgar Incidents

Press Release – For immediate release
15 September 2011
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the death sentences handed to four Uyghurs in connection with the violent incidents in Hotan and Kashgar in July 2011 that left around 40 people dead. As state run Tianshannet.com reported yesterday, Abdugheni Yusup, Ablikim Hasan, Muhtar Hasan, and Memetniyaz Tursun were sentenced to death and two other men— Abdulla Eli and Pulat Memet— were sentenced to nineteen years in prison and a five year suspension of their political rights for their part in the attacks. The defendants were convicted of “forming and participating in a terrorist organization, the illegal manufacture of explosives, premeditated homicide, arson, and several other related crimes.”

The speedy conviction of these individuals casts serious doubts on the legitimacy of these trials and the WUC believes that they did not meet international legal standards. In past trials against Uyghurs, confessions were extracted by torture, trial proceedings took place covertly on undisclosed dates, and defendants were denied access to a meaningful defence with lawyers of their own choosing. According to the Tianshannet.com statement, “defendants all confessed to the crimes alleged by the prosecution,” and the WUC has serious fears that these confessions were extracted through torture.

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