For One Woman, ‘Uighur-Vietnamese Days’ in China

The New York Times, 30 May 2014 

Thanhtu Dao was working for a Vietnamese company at a commercial exhibition in Shenzhen in mid-May as anti-Chinese rioting flared in Vietnam, in reaction to China’s deployment of a deep-sea oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea.

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China: Shameful stadium ‘show trial’ is not justice

Amnesty International, 29 May 2014

The deplorable mass sentencing of 55 people at a stadium in China’s north-western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region [XUAR] is no solution to addressing public security fears, said Amnesty International.

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China’s Two Problems with the Uyghurs by James Millward

Los Angeles Review of Books, 29 May 2014

BEIJING HAS TWO PROBLEMS with the Uyghurs, the Turkic-speaking, Central Asian people from China’s northwestern Xinjiang region. One problem is terrorism — as was brought to the world’s attention by the horrific bombing and vehicular attack last week (22 May) in North Park Street (Gongyuan Bei Jie) market in Xinjiang’s capital city, Urumqi.

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Two Uyghur Teens Shot Dead After Kashgar Knife Attack

RFA, 29 May 2014

Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang on Wednesday shot and killed two teenage Uyghur suspects who allegedly injured two people in a knife attack, police said, in the latest violence to hit the restive region.

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State violence and intimidation of Uyghurs will exacerbate, not ease, tensions in East Turkestan

For immediate release
May 28, 2014, 4:30 pm EST
Contact: Uyghur American Association +1 (202) 478 1920

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) expresses its deep concern over the Chinese government’s fierce crackdown on and systematic intimidation of the Uyghur people currently underway in East Turkestan.

According to reports in overseas and Chinese media, and in response to an announcement of a one-year “anti-terror” campaign, Chinese security forces have arrested large numbers of Uyghurs in the region. In addition, Chinese authorities conducted a mass trial of 55 Uyghurs in the border city of Ghulja on May 27, 2014. Overseas media reports cited Xinjiang party chief, Zhang Chunxian as stating the crackdown will employ “unconventional measures,” which UAA fears includes extrajudicial methods.

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China sentences 55 in Xinjiang mass trial

Reuters, 28 May 2014 

(Reuters) – Local officials in China’s western Xinjiang region held a public rally for the mass sentencing of criminals on Tuesday, handing out judgments for 55 people and at least three death sentences for crimes such as “violent terrorism”, state media said.

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China holds mass sentencing of 55 people at football stadium

LA Times, 28 May 2014

In a spectacle designed to show their resolve against terrorism, Chinese authorities held a public sentencing in a football stadium in the northwestern Xinjiang region of 55 people convicted of violent crimes.

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Crowd witnesses rare mass sentencing rally in Xinjiang

The Guardian, 28 May 2014

Seven thousand people watched as 55 suspects were pronounced guilty of crimes including terrorism at a highly unusual mass sentencing rally in China’s north-western region of Xinjiang, state media said on Wednesday.

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