WUC Condemns Death Sentences Amidst Further Deadly Unrest on Eve of Eid al-Fitr

Press Release – For immediate release
14 August 2013
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) strongly condemns the sentencing of two Uyghurs to death for their purported involvement in the unrest witnessed on 23 April 2013 in Serikbuya, Maralbeshi County. Marred by a lack of due process and concrete evidence, these sentencings will only serve to foment the already seething resentment at the impunity of the way in which the Chinese authorities brutally cracked down upon Uyghurs during the recent months, coupled with the yearly, relentless repression of Ramadan’s observance. The WUC calls on the Chinese authorities to produce the evidence on which these Uyghurs have been sentenced, and to carry out an open and comprehensive investigation into the root causes of the recent unrest.

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