Chinese activists seized in human rights crackdown accuse authorities of torture

The Guardian, 13 September 2011
By Tania Branigan

Revelations of abuse trigger concerns over plans to allow police to hold suspects for up to six months without informing families

Activists and lawyers detained in China’s human rights crackdown this year suffered beatings, sleep deprivation and multiple interrogations and were forced to make videotaped “confessions”, according to accounts obtained by the Guardian.

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“Offers They Can’t Refuse: China’s Relations with the Muslim World”

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A new report, “Offers They Can’t Refuse: China’s Relations with the Muslim World”, examines the Chinese government’s relationships with the governments of predominantly Muslim countries, and how these relationships have muted the Muslim world’s response to China’s repression of the Uyghur people.

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18th UN Human Rights Council: Joint NRPTT and WUC Written Statement on Human Rights Violations in East Turkestan

WUC, 12 September 2011

The Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT), in collaboration with the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), submitted a written statement entitled “New wave of human rights violations against the Uyghur people” (A/HRC/18/NGO/74) to the 18th session of the UN Human Rights Council under item 4 (“Human Rights situations that require the attention of the Council”).

In the statement, the NRPTT expresses its conerns over theincidents in Hotan and Kashgar in July 2011, as well as on a new “Strike Hard” campaign implemented by the Chinese authorities in East Turkestan in August 2011.

The NRPTT also dennounces the  extraditions of at least 18 Uyghur refugees
from countries surrounding China in 2011.

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China uses 9/11 to crack down on Xinjiang: World Uyghur Congress

Want China Times, 12 September 2011

Over the past decade China has used global campaigns targeting terrorists to jail thousands of ethnic Muslim Uyghurs in the autonomous Xinjiang region, a minority rights group says.

The Germany-based World Uyghur Congress said Beijing has attributed any social unrest in Xinjiang to the forces of “terrorism, separatism and religious extremism” and has jailed or executed alleged perpetrators.

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Rights Group Says China Uses War on Terror to Crack Down on Uighurs

VoA, 12 September 2011

A minority rights group said Sunday that China has been using the global war on terror to jail thousands of ethnic Muslim Uighurs in the far-western Xinjiang region.

Rebiya Kadeer, president of the Germany-based World Uyghur Congress said Chinese authorities found in 9/11 the perfect excuse to crack down on all forms of peaceful political, social and cultural Uighur dissent.

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UHRP Report: “Offers They Can’t Refuse: China’s Relations with the Muslim World”

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 12 September 2011

A new report, “Offers They Can’t Refuse: China’s Relations with the Muslim World”, published on 12 September 2011, examines the Chinese government’s relationships with the governments of predominantly Muslim countries, and how these relationships have muted the Muslim world’s response to China’s repression of the Uyghur people.

Written by Uyghur Human Rights Project intern Jessica Smith, the 24-page report provides insight into the factors motivating Muslim countries to preserve and enhance strong ties to China while remaining silent about human rights abuses that have intensified in the wake of July 5, 2009 unrest in East Turkestan. In light of China’s recent intensified push to expand trade and diplomatic links with Muslim countries on its borders and beyond, it is particularly important to explore the context behind Sino-Muslim partnerships, which appear likely to grow even further in the foreseeable future.

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Call for Responsible Investments

RFA, 11 September 2011

A Uyghur activist calls on foreign companies to invest responsibly in the Xinjiang region.

A week after Chinese authorities hosted an international trade fair in Xinjiang, exiled Uyghur activist Rebiya Kadeer called on foreign companies to consider what she called “humanitarian responsibility” when conducting business in the volatile region.

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China uses 9/11 to crack down on Xinjiang

AFP, 11 September 2011

Over the past decade China has used the global “war on terror” to jail thousands of ethnic Muslim Uighurs in the far-western and restive Xinjiang region, a minority rights group says.

Beijing has attributed any social unrest in Xinjiang to the forces of “terrorism, separatism and religious extremism” and has jailed and even executed alleged perpetrators, the Germany-based World Uighur Congress said on Saturday.

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