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A leading Uighur rights activist has criticised Muslim-majority countries for not speaking out against decades of alleged repression and persecution from the Chinese government.

Speaking in Washington on Monday, Rebiya Kadeer, a businesswoman who was jailed for years in China before being released into exile in the US, hit out at what she said was decades of "brutal suppression" of Muslims in China's western Xinjiang region.

Speaking after a day of unrest in Xinjiang left at least 150 people dead, Kadeer pointed to the lack of response from Muslim countries to the violence and the situation faced by the Uighurs.

"Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and a number of other Muslim countries as well as the central Asian states like Kazakhstan Kurdistan and Uzbekistan - they all deported Uighurs who had fled Chinese persecution for peacefully opposing Chinese rule, for writing something, for speaking something," she said.

"Those sent back to China were either killed or sentenced to life in jail."

She said the lack of action from Muslim countries contrasted with support given by other governments.

"Our only friend is in the West - Western democracies are supporting us and we are very grateful," Kadeeer, who heads the World Uighur Congress, told reporters.

"We certainly hope that more Muslim countries will raise our situation."

'Propaganda'

Kadeer attributed the lack of action from Muslim countries to what she said was the success of Chinese "propaganda" to the Muslim world.

"So far the Islamic world is silent about the Uighurs' suffering because the Chinese authorities have been very successful in its propaganda to the Muslim world."

That propaganda, she said, sent a message to the Muslim world "that the Uighurs are extremely pro-west Muslims - that they are modern Muslims, not genuine Muslims."

At the same time, she said, to Western countries the Chinese government "labelled Uighur leaders as Muslims terrorists with links to al-Qaeda - so the propaganda has been pretty effective on both sides."

Thelim Kine, an Asia researcher from New York-based Human Rights Watch, told Al Jazeera that Beijing's accusations of Uighur links to "terrorist" groups had intensified since the 9/11 attacks in the US.

"Because they are Muslim they have been accused of carrying out what the government calls 'terrorist activities', as well as being linked to various organisations like al-Qaeda," he said.

'Mastermind'

China's government has blamed Uighur exiles for stoking the recent unrest, singling out Kadeer for "masterminding" the riots – claims she rejected as "completely false".

While she admitted that some Uighurs had been carried out attacks during Sunday's unrest, she said the violence was a symptom of Uighur frustration and resentment at China's repressive policies.

Her group, she said, has repeatedly called for only peaceful protests and urged all sides to exercise restraint.

As protests continue in Xinjiang and police arrest hundreds after the riots, Kadeer called for an international investigation into the unrest.

"We hope that the United Nations, the United States and the European Union will send teams to investigate what really took place in Xinjiang," she said.

"We hope the White House will issue a stronger statement urging the Chinese government to show restraint, and also to tell the truth of the nature of the events and what happened, and to tell the Chinese government to redress Uighur grievances."
 

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Rebiya Kadeer

Chris Smith said: "At turning points in history ... one honest and courageous man or woman often comes to represent the entire people in the eyes of the world ... For the Uyghur people, deprived of their religious freedom, robbed of their cultural and linguistic rights and marginalized in their own homeland by the government-organized Han Chinese migration, it is Rebiya Kadeer."















 

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Armed mobs spread ethnic strife in China's west

By WILLIAM FOREMAN, Associated Press Writer William Foreman, Associated Press Writer – 1 min ago

URUMQI, China – Mobs of Han Chinese wielding meat cleavers and clubs and groups of Muslim Uighur men beat people in the streets of the capital of China's Xinjiang region Tuesday. The government imposed a curfew as it tried to stem communal violence after a riot that killed at least 156 people.

Members of the Muslim Uighur ethnic group attacked people near the Urumqi's railway station, and women in headscarves protested the arrests of husbands and sons in another part of the city. Meanwhile, for much of the afternoon, a mob of 1,000 mostly young Han Chinese holding clubs and chanting "Defend the Country" tore through streets trying to get to a Uighur neighborhood until they were repulsed by police firing tear gas.

Panic and anger bubbled up amid the suspicion in Urumqi (pronounced uh-ROOM-chee). In some neighborhoods, Han Chinese — China's majority ethnic group — armed themselves with pieces of lumber and shovels to defend themselves. People bought up bottled water out of fear, as one resident said, that "the Uighurs might poison the water."

The outbursts happened despite swarms of paramilitary and riot police enforcing a dragnet that state media said led to the arrest more than 1,400 participants in Sunday's riot, the worst ethnic violence in the often tense region in decades.

Trying to control the message, the government has slowed mobile phone and Internet services, blocked Twitter — whose servers are overseas — and censored Chinese social networking and news sites and accused Uighurs living in exile of inciting Sunday's riot. State media coverage, however, carried graphic footage and pictures of the unrest _showing mainly Han Chinese victims and stoking the anger.

The violence is a further embarrassment for a Chinese leadership preparing for the 60th anniversary of communist rule in October and calling for the creation of a "harmonious society" to celebrate. Years of rapid development have failed to smooth over the ethnic fault lines in Xinjiang, where the Uighurs (pronounced WEE-gers) have watched growing numbers of Han Chinese move in.

Wang Lequan, Xinjiang's Communist Party secretary, declared a curfew in all but name, imposing traffic restrictions and ordering people off the streets from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday "to avoid further chaos."

"It is needed for the overall situation. I hope people pay great attention and act immediately," he said in an announcement broadcast on Xinjiang television.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang blamed the violence on Rebiya Kadeer, the U.S.-exiled Uighur leader.

"Using violence, making rumors, and distorting facts are what cowards do because they are afraid to see social stability and ethnic solidarity in Xinjiang," he told a regular news conference.

Qin said Kadeer was behind the violence, adding "she has committed crimes that jeopardize national security." Evidence had been found against her, Qin said, but refused to give details.

Sunday's riot started as a peaceful demonstration by Uighurs over a deadly fight at a factory in eastern China between Han Chinese and Uighur workers. It then spiraled out of control, as mainly Uighur groups beat people and set fire to vehicles and shops belonging to Han Chinese.

After retreating from the tear gas, some among the Han Chinese mob were met by Urumqi's Communist Party leader Li Zhi, who climbed atop a police vehicle and started chanting with the crowd. Li pumped his fists, beat his chest, and urged the crowd to strike down Kadeer, the 62-year-old Uighur leader.

"Those Muslims killed so many of our people. We just can't let that happen," said one man in the crowd, surnamed Liu. He carried a long wooden stick and said the Han Chinese were forced to take up arms. People walked by with bloodshot eyes from the tear gas.

To the east, on Xingfu road, Han Chinese residents stoned a car with two Uighurs inside until it crashed, pulling one passenger out and beating him until police arrived, residents said.

Elsewhere in the city Tuesday, about 200 people, mostly women in traditional headscarves, took to the streets in another neighborhood, wailing for the release of their sons and husbands in the crackdown and confronting lines of paramilitary police. The women said police came through their neighborhood Monday night and strip-searched men to check for cuts and other signs of fighting before hauling them away.

"My husband was detained at gunpoint. They were hitting people, they were stripping people naked. My husband was scared so he locked the door, but the police broke down the door and took him away," said a woman, who gave her name as Aynir. She said about 300 people were arrested in the market in the southern section of town.

The protesters briefly scuffled with paramilitary police, who pushed them back with long sticks before both sides retreated.

Foreign reporters on a government-run tour of the riot's aftermath witnessed the protest and without their presence, the incident might have gone unreported given the media controls.

Groups of 10 or so Uighur men with bricks and knives attacked Han Chinese passers-by and shop-owners midday outside the city's southern railway station, until police ran them off, witnesses said.

"They were using everything for weapons, like bricks, sticks and cleavers," said a Mr. Ma, an employee at the Dicos fast-food restaurant nearby. "Whenever the rioters saw someone on the street, they would ask 'are you a Uighur?' If they kept silent or couldn't answer in the Uighur language, they would get beaten or killed."

It was not immediately clear if anyone was killed in those reported attacks.

Li, the Communist Party official, told a news conference that more than 1,000 people had been detained as of early Tuesday and suggested more arrests were under way. "The number is changing all the time. We will let those who did not commit serious crimes go back to their work units."

The official Xinhua News Agency said earlier Tuesday that 1,434 suspects had been arrested, and that checkpoints had been set up to stop rioters from escaping.

Officials at the news conference said they could not give a breakdown of how many of the dead were Uighurs and how many were Han Chinese.

Sunday's riot started as a peaceful demonstration by 1,000 to 3,000 people protesting the June 25 deaths of Uighur factory workers killed in a brawl in the southern Chinese city of Shaoguan. Xinhua said two died. Messages circulating on Internet sites popular with Uighurs put the figure higher, raising tensions in Xinjiang.

In a sign the government was trying to address communal grievances, Xinhua announced Tuesday that 13 people had been arrested over the factory fight, including three from Xinjiang. Two others were arrested for spreading rumors on the Internet that Xinjiang employees had raped two female workers, the report said, citing a local police deputy director.

The disturbances in Xinjiang carry reminders of the widespread anti-Chinese protests that shook Tibet last year and have left large parts of western China living with police checkpoints and tightened security. Like the Tibetans, Uighur unrest has not been muted by rapid economic development, though the government publicly is unwilling to address ethnic tensions.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090707...lYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA2FybWVkbW9ic3Nwcg--
 

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Of course they are silent, what did you expect? They were silent when Jews killed Palestineans, they were silent when Saddam killed Kurds, they were silent when Iran&Iraq fought for god knows how long, they were silent when their fellow brother Bush(s) killed Iraqis two times, they were more than silent-betrayed and allied with English&French in the world war I against Ottomans.

Not surprised...
 

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You think Muslim states give a damn about them? Hell no.
 

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Of course they are silent, what did you expect? They were silent when Jews killed Palestineans, they were silent when Saddam killed Kurds, they were silent when Iran&Iraq fought for god knows how long, they were silent when their fellow brother Bush(s) killed Iraqis two times, they were more than silent-betrayed and allied with English&French in the world war I against Ottomans.

Not surprised...
The epithets I have routinely heard over the last who knows how many years would indicate otherwise. Probably to the detriment of other such other cases you listed.

People SHOULD have concern because they are fellow people, not because they are fellow adherents. This Rebiya Kadeer does make an interesting observation though.
 

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Demonstrators march near the Chinese embassy in Ankara on July 8, 2009 in protest of the deadly unrest in Xinjiang. Turkey called today on China to show restraint in dealing with the deadly unrest in Xinjiang, saying that it cannot "remain indifferent" to the plight of the region's Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighurs.











 

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A Uighur woman alerts a Uighur neighborhood for an alleged attack by Han Chinese in Urumqi, China, Wednesday, July 8, 2009. China's president cut short a G8 summit trip to rush home Wednesday after ethnic tensions soared in Xinjiang territory, and the government flooded the area with security forces in a bid to quell emotions in the wake of a massive riot that left 156 dead.





A woman cries out as Australian Uighurs protest outside the Chinese consulate in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, July 8, 2009. People protested in Sydney following a riot that killed 156 people Sunday in Urumqi, China.


 

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Demonstrators take part in a rally of the World Uighur Congress in the southern German city of Munich on July 7, 2009. The protests were aimed against the ongoing ethnic tensions following rioting that claimed at least 156 lives in China's far west Xinjiang province.

 

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Demonstrators shout slogans as they hold Turkish and eastern Turkestan flags in front of the Chinese Embassy in Ankara, to protest against the deadly riots in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang July 7, 2009. At least 156 people were killed and more than 1,000 wounded when violence erupted in the capital of China's northwestern Xinjiang region, Urumqi, on July 5, after decades of simmering tensions between Uighurs and Han Chinese.



Chinese riot police watch a Muslim ethnic Uighur woman protest in Urumqi in China's far west Xinjiang province on July 7, 2009 following a third day of unrest. Police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of Han Chinese protesters armed with makeshift weapons and vowing revenge, as chaos gripped this flashpoint city riven by ethnic tensions following rioting that claimed at least 156 lives. Authorities ordered a night curfew and thousands of heavily armed police deployed across Urumqi.



Muslim ethnic Uighur help a woman who collapsed during a protest in Urumqi in China's far west Xinjiang province on July 7, 2009 following a third day of unrest. Police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of Han Chinese protesters armed with makeshift weapons and vowing revenge, as chaos gripped this flashpoint city riven by ethnic tensions following rioting that claimed at least 156 lives. Authorities ordered a night curfew and thousands of heavily armed police deployed across Urumqi.



Chinese paramilitary police march across a square closed off following riots in Urumqi, China, Tuesday, July 7, 2009. Urumqi was tense Tuesday, with protests happening in several parts of the city and both Han Chinese and Uighur groups facing off with armed police.



 

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where are the "muslims" who where shooting for justice when israel entered gaza?

muslim-brotherhood is dead for a long time, dont tell me any other fairytales.
 

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Of course they are silent, what did you expect? They were silent when Jews killed Palestineans, they were silent when Saddam killed Kurds, they were silent when Iran&Iraq fought for god knows how long, they were silent when their fellow brother Bush(s) killed Iraqis two times, they were more than silent-betrayed and allied with English&French in the world war I against Ottomans.

Not surprised...
They also were silent when Somalia fell in chaos. It's been 20 years.

We don't seem to be important to other Muslims. Oh wait, now we are because the Taliban needs a new base.
 

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where are the "muslims" who where shooting for justice when israel entered gaza?

muslim-brotherhood is dead for a long time, dont tell me any other fairytales.
If the perpetrator is not Israel, and if the victim is not the Palestinians:

Move along sir, nothing to see here....
 

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really if i see this situation, from deep inside me someone says "sikeyim bunlar gibi muslumanlari" really...

you shouldnt be a muslim to stand up and protest it, you should be a HUMAN on the first place, ama nerdeee...
 

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People you forgot?! It`s not about Islam, it`s about separatism!!
 

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Muslims are a dead silent people, they wont/cant do any thing to help themselves let alone help others.

Only a mircale from Allah can save muslims.
 

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Saudi Arabia provides bases for the US ARMY to kill Arab Iraqis :bash: .The US Army attacked Saddam over Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.Saudi King is puppet of the USA.
 

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Saudi Arabia provides bases for the US ARMY to kill Arab Iraqis :bash: .The US Army attacked Saddam over Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.Saudi King is puppet of the USA.
A maybe former American president is a puppet of the Saudi king?! :lol:
 
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