The World Uyghur Congress Calls for Transparency Over the Jailing of 45 in East Turkestan

Press Release – For immediate release
29 August 2015
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]


The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) expresses its deep concern for the 45 Uyghurs who were recently charged in East Turkestan for illegal border crossings. Trials like these are often conducted in secret without adequate due process with the state merely publicising the outcome following the sentencing procedure. We therefore call on the Chinese government to act fairly and transparently, and to reveal credible evidence ostensibly supporting these charges.

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China’s Policy Forcing Uyghur Muslims to Sell Alcohol ‘a Failure,’ Sources Say

Radio Free Asia, 29 August 2015

c9131aa1-28c9-44e2-9cc9-7bfc66e49682RFA Uyghur Service – Policy directives ordering ethnic Uyghur shopkeepers in China’s Xinjiang region to stock alcohol and cigarettes are failing in their intended effect, with consumers refusing to buy the products and openly mocking the government’s apparent bid to undermine local Islamic custom, sources say.

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Will Thailand deport Uighurs who fled China?

IRIN, 28 August 2015


By Anneliese Mcauliffe – Despite Thailand’s recent deportation of 109 ethnic Uighurs to China where they could face torture, about 60 members of the persecuted minority who remain in detention are refusing to register with the United Nations as asylum seekers.

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China Sentences 45 in Restive Region of Xinjiang

The New York Times, 28 August 2015

20140808UIGHURS-slide-105I-jumbo-v2By Chris Buckley – Courts across Xinjiang, the volatile region of western China, have sentenced 45 people to prison in recent days after convicting them of supporting organizations accused of terror attacks or of helping others flee abroad, Xinhua, the main state news agency, reported on Thursday.

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China’s Uyghur University Students Are Closely Watched For Their Political Views

Radio Free Asia, 28 August 2015

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RFA Uyghur Service – Ethnic Uyghur students at a top university in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region are being closely checked for their political and religious views by student informers who report to “political guides” embedded in the university staff, a former school administrator says.

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China: Legal Ordeals for Brothers of a Journalist

The New York Times, 27 August 2015


By Michael Forsythe – A court in China’s western region of Xinjiang tried two brothers of an American reporter on charges of endangering state security and leaking secrets, according to a spokesman for Radio Free Asia, the journalist’s employer.

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China mulls banning ‘terrorist’ clothing

UCA News, 26 August 2015


UCA News – Chinese legislators have proposed a new nationwide ban on “terrorist” clothing in the latest move designed to curb Islamic extremism in restive Xinjiang. The draft amendment proposed Aug. 24 by China’s top legislature does not specify what would be criminalized. However, the proposed ban is believed to apply to burqas, separatist flags and Islamic beards.

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China on High Alert, Detains Critics, Protesters Ahead of War Parade

Radio Free Asia, 26 August 2015


RFA Uyghur Service – As the ruling Chinese Communist Party gears up for a massive military parade to mark the end of World War II in September, authorities across the country are detaining former army veterans, tightening controls on ethnic minority groups, and rounding up anyone with a complaint against the government.

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