The Uyghur dilemma, 2009-14

Open Democracy, 5 July 2014

Five years after ethnic tensions in western China’s Xinjiang province exploded into violence, the political situation there remains troubled.

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Xinjiang on lockdown as Chinese govt cracks down on ethnic tension

ABC, 5 July 2014

Just over a month ago, the Chinese government declared a year-long crackdown on what it says are Muslim terrorists. The western Chinese province of Xinjiang is the focus of this campaign. Security is extremely tight in its provincial capital Urumqi which saw deadly ethnic riots on this day five years ago.

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Open Letter to Angela Merkel ahead of China Visit

Press Release – For immediate release
4 July 2014
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

Dear Chancellor Merkel,

The World Uyghur Congress writes to you on behalf of those that have, and continue to, fall victim to the increasingly intolerant and repressive measures meted out by the Chinese government on Uyghur. Your visit to the country would provide an appropriate opportunity to raise the issue in a constructive way with President Xi Jinping.

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China called upon to end Uyghur repression on 5th anniversary of Urumqi massacre

On the eve of the 5th anniversary of the Urumqi massacre, Uyghurs and human rights activists in the UK are calling upon the Chinese government to investigate the events of 5 July 2009, account for the dead and missing, and to end the continuing repression of the people of East Turkestan. In addition, the international community is called upon to support the Uyghur people in their peaceful aims for human rights and freedom.
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Beijing Steps Up Security Ahead of Urumqi Riot Anniversary

RFA, 3 July 2014

Authorities in the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang and the Chinese capital have stepped up security measures ahead of the fifth anniversary of deadly ethnic riots in the regional capital Urumqi, with a visible increase in the number of armed police on the streets, residents said.

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Why China is making it harder for Chinese Muslims to celebrate Ramadan

VOX, 3 July 2014

Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, has just begun — but a number of China’s 23 million Muslims won’t be allowed to participate in the daily fast that is so central to the holiday, and in some cases are even barred from entering mosques.

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Uyghur Exiles and Supporters Worldwide to Commemorate the Five-Year Anniversary of Urumqi Tragedy

Press Release – For immediate release
3 July 2014
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

On July 5, 2014, and in the days surrounding July 5, Uyghurs in exile and their supporters around the globe will stage demonstrations and other actions to commemorate the five-year anniversary of one of the most tragic days in the history of the Uyghur people and of East Turkestan. These demonstrations ensure the world is reminded of the continued plight of the Uyghur people. 

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Why Beijing Fears Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti

The Huffington Post, 3 July 2014

Since Xi Jinping became China’s new president more than a year ago, questioning or criticizing Chinese Communist Party rule has become an extremely risky business for academics, scholars and lawyers in China. Beijing has resolutely brushed aside China’s legal protections for freedom of speech and arrogantly disregarded international concerns when it comes to dealing with regime critics, even those moderates whose intention is pure and criticisms are constructive.

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